A new marketing campaign, Savings with Staying Power, is helping spread the word to contractors and real estate agents within CIPCO’s member system about the benefits of all-electric, energy-efficient homes.

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Energy efficiency improvements to the home can save money, but not everyone can replace their furnace with an air-source heat pump. Here are seven low-cost efficiency tips that can help you reduce your energy bills.

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Electricity doesn’t just have to light up your tree this Christmas; it can also power your holiday gift list. Electric gadgets can cook, entertain, help with chores and improve your health.

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Imagine your daily life without electricity – a reality that was common on most Iowa farms as late as the 1930s and 1940s. It was a truth that struck me time and time again as I wrote my “Culinary History of Iowa” book, which details the evolution of Iowa’s delectable, distinctly Midwest cuisine. Many of these stories reflect the sobering realities of farm life before rural electrification.

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When winter’s bitter winds blow and temperatures drop, it may still feel chilly indoors – even with the heat turned up. If you’ve added more insulation, there are additional steps you can take to make the house more comfortable this winter. 

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Skylights can bring a little of the outside world indoors and make your living space more livable – when they are installed correctly. But they can also impact your energy bills and comfort level, so you’re taking the right steps by doing some research ahead of time. 

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September is National Preparedness Month, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to prepare for emergencies. But most of us do better when we prepare for the routine, the extraordinary and the unexpected. For electric cooperatives in Iowa, preparation plays a huge role in ensuring that our members have the electricity they need as soon as they flip a light switch or start an appliance. 

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Better energy efficiency at home starts with savings, not sales, and an energy audit conducted by a trained energy advisor can help you get there.

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