Publications Help Iowans Make Simple Changes for an Energy Efficient Home

AMES, Iowa – As summer winds down, fall eases in and winter looms ahead, Iowans can turn to four Iowa Energy Center publications for tips on how they can cut costs and increase efficiencies for their home energy usage.


“The average Iowa family spends more than half of its annual household energy bill on heating and cooling. That’s a significant number, but you can dramatically reduce these costs,” states the first of four Home Series publications.


All four publications are available online through the Iowa State University Extension Online Store at To order the publications, go to the store site and enter each publication's identification number into the search box:

  • EDC 389A: Home Tightening, Insulation and Ventilation - Home Series 1
  • EDC 389B: Home Heating and Cooling - Home Series 2
  • EDC 389C: Water Heating - Home Series 3
  • EDC 389D: Major Home Appliances - Home Series 4

Iowans also can order the publications by calling the ISU Extension Distribution Center at (515) 294-5247.


Ventilation, insulation, heating and cooling, humidification, energy-smart appliances and water heating are all broad topics while tips on fireplace usage, how to strategically plant trees, maximizing solar energy and minimizing hot-water usage give readers more specific strategies, most of which are low-cost and simple changes. There also are lists that compare material types, advice on how to "do it yourself" and cautions to keep in mind.


According to the publications, “The Iowa Energy Center is a research, demonstration and education organization dedicated to improving Iowa’s energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. The Energy Center meets its goals by developing in-house energy research and education programs and by sponsoring energy projects developed by other groups. The projects supported by the Energy Center, which vary in size and complexity, are conducted throughout the state in Iowa’s universities, colleges, community colleges and private nonprofit organizations.”


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