New wind turbines produce more energy with each gust

This summer, we’re making great progress on our work to advance clean energy in Iowa.
The wind turbines we’re installing at our Upland Prairie Wind Farm in Everly, Iowa, have cutting-edge technology and will generate four times more energy than models from 10 years ago. One of the greatest advancements in wind turbine technology is blade design. The reason the newer turbines produce more energy is because the blades are 180 to 200 feet long, which is up to 65 feet longer than older models.

With longer blades, we generate more energy when the winds are slower. This means that more homes and businesses in Iowa will be powered by clean energy.
Our Upland Prairie Wind Farm is one of several projects we’re building to generate renewable energy in Iowa. Because of our expansion of wind energy, we expect more than one-third of our fuel mix in Iowa to come from wind by the end of 2020!

An energy-efficient home starts with insulation

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Your home’s insulation plays a big role in keeping you cozy year-round. A lack of insulation can be the culprit for uncomfortable summer nights or the reason for extra blankets during cold winter days.

By making sure your home has proper insulation, you can stay comfortable and save money on your energy bills by reducing your heating and cooling costs. Adding insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s efficiency. 
To find out how much insulation your home needs, schedule a free Home Energy Assessment. During the assessment, an energy expert will:

  • Inspect your home’s energy use from top to bottom
  • Provide customized recommendations to  save energy
  • Install free energy-saving items 

    Plus, you can receive rebates for energy-efficiency improvements including an insulation rebate of up to 70% or $750 of the total insulation cost.

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Summer heat can mean high electric bills

High temperatures, more people at home or more days in the billing cycle can all drive bills up.

High temperatures mean your air conditioning has to run at maximum capacity, and for more hours, and that uses more electricity. Even just a few days of extreme temperatures can cause your bill to be much higher. Humidity makes air feel even warmer, so thermostats tend to be set lower. 

Students returning home and family gatherings can also raise energy use. Lastly, check the number of days in the bill cycle. Generally a bill cycle is 28-32 days, but sometimes a bill is for a longer period, which will also raise the total due.