First Step Home Efficiency Program

First Step Home Efficiency Program by Green Iowa Americorps

Online Registration Form

Improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, and save money & reduce your carbon footprint!

The Home Efficiency Program (or Direct Install), is one of our most successful programs to date.  

Just Look at Our Impact Numbers!!

Through this low-cost, high-return program, the average resident of Clayton County saves roughly $140 annually on their utility bills (though this varies greatly depending on characteristics of your home).  The program is a available to both tenants and homeowners!

Direct Installation of Efficiency Upgrades

  • Energy-Efficient Light Bulb Installation
    An average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting! We will swap out all of your light bulbs with LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights. LEDs are cost-effective, maintain high light-quality and visual appeal, use a fraction of the energy as traditional incandescent bulbs, and can last up to 21 years!
  • Efficient Aerators and Shower Heads
    Install low-flow aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks and stationary low-flow shower heads. Our program has helped the average home owner reduce their annual water usage by over 4,900 gallons, and all without compromising the comfort of anyone’s shower. Less water used can also affect the heating bill because your water heater will use less energy to heat the needed water.
  • Insulate Hot Water Pipes
    Insulating the first 6 feet of the pipes connected to the water heater reduces heat loss and increases efficiency.
  • Install Programmable Thermostat
    Programmable thermostats are a convenient, effective way to manage when and how much your home is being heated.
  • Replace Furnace Filter
    If your filter is dirty, it could sap your efficiency by as much as 20%!  An easy swap can save you money.

Home Tightening

  • Air Sealing
    If the blower door test shows that your home has potential to decrease air infiltration without threatening the air quality, the Green Iowa team will offer to perform air sealing on your homes exterior home envelope (where air gets in from outside).  Problem areas often include: windows, floor boards, electrical outlets, rim joists, attic accesses, and doors. There are many practices and procedures that can be employed for air sealing a home. We use clear caulk, foam, and weather stripping .  Homes with serious insualtion problems will be referred to a local contractor.   *Note: For your safety, Green Iowa can only perform Air sealing on homes in which the blower door test reports .33 Air Changes per hour or more. 
  • Duct Sealing
    Leaky duct systems inefficiently transport air throughout your home.  Taping duct seams creates a much more efficient heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system

Sign Up First Step Home Efficiency Program

What’s the Cost?

  • Affordable & Often FREE Energy Assessment  This includes the blower door test, combustion zone safety test, and thermal imaging. Non qualifying participants cost of assessment and direct install of materials $150/house or $75/apartment.
  • The costs of supplies which are inexpensive thanks to bulk purchasing. The typical cost per household is $40-$200, depending on whether air-sealing is included, how much air sealing is needed, and number of light fixtures in a home.
  • Low-to-Moderate Income households *, Veterans, Elderly, and Disabled receive the supplies for efficiency upgrades and air-sealing (light bulbs, shower heads, caulk, etc.) free of charge, resulting in a FREE service.
    If your pre-tax income is less than 80% of the area median income, you qualify as Low to Moderate income and receive free materials. See the chart below to determine whether you qualify.

Household Size









Pre-tax Income Limit

$ 37,050

$ 42,350

$ 47,650

$ 52,900

$ 57,150

$ 61,400

$ 65,600

$ 69,850

 If you would like your home to be assessed call Joleen at 563.880.7915 or complete this form.visit the online signup form.


Neighborhood Energy Assessment

You and 3 of your neighbors can partake in the Home Energy Efficiency Program together! Being able to spend our day in one neighborhood helps us save conserve fuel and make the most of our travel time. When you help us become more efficient we will bump your neighborhood to the top of the scheduling list and onto the fast track for home energy savings.