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Energy Planning Services

Your energy district is a trusted partner to help you assess opportunities and implement energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades at your home, farm, and/or business. Together we can achieve 100% local, clean, efficient energy by 2050.

Home Energy Coaching

Do you need some advice on energy improvements for your home?  Maybe you’re interested in taking advantage of the new rebates and tax credits for electric appliances and renewable energy? Or perhaps you’re thinking about options like a heat pump, but don’t need a full home energy assessment. Whatever your need, we’ll work with you to answer your energy questions and help you develop a plan to move forward.

We’ll start by understanding your goals and concerns, tour your home, talk through the challenges and opportunities, and conclude by providing you with a roadmap of next steps. Energy coaching will empower you to move forward with your clean energy project!

Here are a few examples of projects we can help with:

  • Home comfort concerns, such as air sealing, insulation and building controls
  • Financial incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency projects
  • Plan for whole-home electrification projects, including heat pumps, EVs, and electric appliances (Read about why electrification is important)
  • Resiliency plans that utilize fossil-based and battery-based generators
  • Strategies for appliance and building system replacements
  • Basics of solar and renewable energy, and how solar fits within wider electrification goals

Book a FREE 30 minute phone/web appointment.
On-site visits in Winneshiek County are $60/hour. We are unable to accommodate energy coaching visits outside of Winneshiek county at this time.

Email Paul or call (563) 334-0538 to schedule an appointment.


Comprehensive Energy Assessment

The Comprehensive Energy Assessment will provide you with complete information about your home’s energy use and efficiency, including, blower door testing to gauge overall envelope tightness, thermal imaging to identify leaks and air sealing opportunities, combustion safety testing, analysis of efficiency opportunities, and cost-benefit analysis of appliance replacement. You will receive a written report with actionable steps to improve your home’s efficiency.

Home Energy Assessment: $400.


Solar Site Assessment

For homes, farms, and businesses

Interested in solar but don’t know where to start?  A Winneshiek Energy District Solar Site Assessment for your home, business or farm gives you the information you need to make informed decisions when purchasing a solar system.  We’ll provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your past energy use while also taking into consideration future energy goals, all from a neutral third party.

Your report will include a detailed calculation of the potential system’s energy production based on its orientation, amount of site shading and space constraints, an analysis of available tax incentives, and an analysis of the value of electricity produced based on your utility’s cost of electricity and solar policies. 

Solar Site Assessment: $200. 


Schedule an appointment

Email Paul or call (563) 334-0538 to schedule an appointment.