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Nov 27

Save Money with a Free Energy Saver Kit

Posted on November 27, 2023 at 2:52 PM by Britt Nielsen

Green Iowa AmeriCorps Member handing out an energy saver kit

Linn County residents can save money by improving their homes energy efficiency with free services from Linn County Sustainability and its Green Iowa AmeriCorps members. These services include distributing free energy saver kits and conducting free home energy audits with the goal of reducing residents’ overall home energy costs and providing proactive efforts toward sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives.

A free home energy audit is the first step in assessing how much energy your home consumes and evaluating what measures can be taken to make it more efficient. Home energy audits are available for homeowners, renters, and landlords. During these free audits, Green Iowa AmeriCorps members assess your home's efficiency, evaluate problem areas, and seek potential solutions. The audits also include a blower door test, which identifies areas where air may be leaking in. One solution to identified problem areas is a free energy saver kit.

Each energy saver kit is a toolbox for energy efficiency, containing LED lights bulbs, low-flow aerators, window insulation kits, pipe and outlet insulation, and a furnace whistle. The best part? The free kits are available to all Linn County residents! All the kit products are renter friendly and can be easily installed using the installation guide that comes in the kits. 

Green Iowa AmeriCorps members have provided free energy saver kits to over 150 Linn County homes through community outreach events at Radiant Church, Palo Community Center, Wellington Heights Resiliency Hub, and Kirkwood Community College. Members are planning to distribute more than 200 kits throughout Cedar Rapids and Ely in the month of December. 

While these energy services are excellent ways you can reduce your energy costs, here are several other actions from the Iowa Utilities Board you can take to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. 

  • Unplug electronics when they aren’t in use. This eliminates energy called “vampire energy” that uses small amounts energy even when the device is not in use. 
  • Leverage natural lighting by opening curtains and blinds to help reduce the use of artificial lighting. 
  • Air dry clothes and use cold water when washing to reduce unnecessary use and heating of an appliance. 
  • Clean your home regularly to reduce your home’s appliances and heating systems energy consumption. 

Linn County residents can request a free energy saver kit or free home energy audit under the “Services” tab on the Green Iowa AmeriCorps website

Additionally, residents or organizations interested in hosting an energy saver kit distribution event can contact Linn County Sustainability by email.