Green Iowa Americorps First Step Home Efficiency Program

One of our most successful programs to date.

The Green Iowa AmeriCorps first step home energy assessment program has helped over 1,000 homes in northeast Iowa become more energy-efficient, saving the average homeowner over $125 on utility bills annually! The program serves households in Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Fayette, Clayton, and Chickasaw counties.

The efficiency program is made up of 2 parts.  The first part is an install of high efficient LED bulbs and low-flow faucets.  The second part is combustion safety testing on appliances and using a blower-door to test the air leakage of the home.

Most of the savings come from switching to high efficiency LED bulbs.

During the pandemic, we have suspended our full in home audits and are instead offering custom-packed boxes of lightbulbs to customers wanting to save money and energy.  Each Bright Box will have exactly the bulbs needed to upgrade an entire house’s lighting and will contain an audit report with projected energy savings.

Sign Up for a Bright Box

Or call to order a box: (563) 382-4207 ext. 2

Regístrese para Bright Box


If you are age 65+, disabled, a veteran, or a low-moderate income home (see table below), you likely qualify for a FREE service. 


Apartments: $35 / $45* outside Winneshiek County
Single-family homes: $70 / $80* outside Winneshiek County
*Includes travel fee

The average home sees annual energy savings of over $90, making the typical payback period for non-qualifying homes just 6-9 months!

Visit the online signup form or call (563) 382-4207 ext. 2 to register for a Bright Box.

Sign Up

Thank You to Our Local Partners

The Regional Housing Trust Fund sponsors FREE Green Iowa Home Energy Assessments for low-moderate income, single-family homes in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek counties in northeast Iowa.

Sign up for our program when you sign up for low-income heating assistance (LIHEAP) or home weatherization at any NEIA Community Action office.