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Energy audit and programs

Energy Audit Resource Center at the Drake Community Library

The Energy Audit Resource Center is housed at the Drake Community Library where all resources are available for check out by area residents. It currently includes four Home Energy Audit tool kits, four spray-foam dispensing guns for separate check-out from the toolkits, a collection of DVDs of Alliant Energy’s PowerHouse television show, and a number of books on energy efficiency, green remodeling, and renewable energy.

Click here to look to see a list of the resources from the Drake Library’s online catalog search. Type “Grinnell Energy Library” in the search bar to see what is available.

Click on the links below to view self-audit checklists created for Imagine Grinnell by local energy expert Roger Hill:

Alliant Energy Incentives

Alliant Energy, Grinnell’s utility provider, offers a range of incentives to help residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses as well as increase their use of renewable energy.

Home Energy Savers – Alliant Energy customers in Grinnell that meet income guidelines for yearly household income (see link) are eligible for a free comprehensive home energy audit by Mid-Iowa Community Action. Alliant will pay 90% of the cost of energy efficiency upgrades chosen by the homeowner and MICA will complete the work.

Home Performance with EnergyStar – Alliant Energy cusomters in Grinnell who exceed the income guidelines for the Home Energy Savers program can still receieve a comprehensive home energy audit by Mid-Iowa Community Action for just $99 (a $700 value). Homeowners must pay for any energy efficiency upgrades but they can use available cash-back rewards and receive a $100 to $400 bonus from Alliant for meeting their efficiency goals. Homeowners are also provided ongoing tech

Efficiency First Renewable Rewards – Alliant customers in Grinnell can take advantage of cash-back rewards for renewable generation systems such as wind, solar photovaoltaic, and solar thermal water heating systems. Rewards are based on making efficiency gains before installing a renewable energy system.

Second Nature – Alliant customers in Iowa can support renewable energy equal to 25%, 50%, or 100% of their electric bill by paying slightly more per kilowatt-hour of energy used. This can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 more per month, depending on household electricity usage.

Cashback Rewards – Alliant customers in Iowa can receieve rebates and rewards for many energy efficient products.