GIA FREE Home Energy Assessment Blitz in Clayton County

Clayton County Home Enery Assements by the Green Iowa Americorp team

Clayton County Home Energy Assessments by the Green Iowa Americorp team

The Clayton County Energy District (CCED) in partnership with Green Iowa Americorps is staging free home energy check up blitz, for Clayton County residents.
Green Iowa Americorp (GIA) is a non-profit service organization based out of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education working to promote energy efficiency in homes throughout Iowa. Across the state, Green Iowa teams are providing free home energy assessments and helping people improve appliance combustion safety, home comfort, and take action to shrink their energy bill. Winneshiek Energy District hosts a GIA team and is generously partnering with CCED to provide services to Clayton County residents.
The GIA home energy assessment has two components: an energy check-up followed by direct installation of simple efficiency measures. The energy check-up is led by a BPI-certified service member and begins with a quick check of attic insulation and combustible appliance testing. The team checks for potential gas leaks and carbon monoxide around water heaters, furnaces, pipes, and other gas appliances. After confirming that the house is safe, the team sets up their blower door to pull air out of the home in order to calculate how much cold winter air infiltrates into the home. When homes are insufficiently sealed, the Green Iowa team works to identify and fix the leaks. The direct installation of window frame caulking, weather stripping, plugging holes, and other measures, makes the home more air-tight .
Next, the GIA team installs LED lighting throughout the home. The switch from incandescent lighting to LED leads to most significant energy savings. Additionally, the team installs low-flow water fixtures. Clayton County Energy District, Program Coordinator, Joleen Jansen explains, “The GIA teams are helping residents make real and immediate reductions in their energy costs. For sure, people are seeing the largest energy savings by converting their homes to LED lighting.”
All home energy check ups are free in Clayton County.
Home efficiency or direct install materials are provided free to qualified Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) recipients, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, veterans, and low-to-moderate income households. Non qualifying participants pay only for the cost of direct install materials and LED light bulbs. Typical out of pocket expense for non qualifying participants range from $15 to $150. Jansen says, “ The assessment is free for everyone and many are getting first step home efficiency materials including LED bulbs at no cost, but even for those non qualifying participants incurring the cost of materials see an almost immediate payback.” Energy and water savings resulting from the home energy assessment saves between $50 and $350 per year, with the improvements lasting between five and twenty-five years. All assessments include a written report summarizing the work done, estimated cost savings, estimated carbon savings, and site-specific notes and recommendations to take additional action.

Jansen concludes, “The GIA home energy assessments and direct installs are providing tremendous benefit to area residents, by primarily lowering energy bills, but also improving home comfort and providing combustion appliance safety. Not to mention there is an overall reduction in the size of our environmental footprint. Also, by spending less money on energy people have a little more cash in their pocketbooks which will hopefully help to stimulate the local economy!.”
To schedule your free home energy checkup contact Clayton County Energy District Program Coordinator, Joleen Jansen, (563)880-7915, or complete this form. (check outside of Winneshiek County, comment Clayton County Blitz, *note no travel fee will be charged.)