The Cedar Valley Solar/Energy Efficiency Tour
The Cedar Valley Solar/Energy Efficiency Tour will take place Saturday, Oct. 6th, 2007. The tour will focus on energy alternatives for homes and public structures in the area and how they have utilized renewable energies for heating and cooling. The tour will visit two Waterloo Schools Irving and Lincoln Elementary with both schools using geothermal systems. Additional stops will include the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) on the University of Northern Iowa Campus, visiting homes in the area that have installed passive solar systems, retrofitted homes with a geothermal system, Terra-Dome Earth-Sheltered Home and a Super-Insulated Duplex. State Senator’s Bill Dotzler, Jeff Danielson and Robb Hogg of Linn County and also Representative Doris Kelley and I will be attending this event. Senator Hogg and I have been appointed to the Energy Efficiency Interim Study Committee to examine energy efficiency programs under the purview of the Iowa Utilities Board and consider other proposals for improving energy efficiency in the state. Hope to see you there.
Below are the locations and the times for the tours:
Center for Energy &
The Center is south of the UNI Performing Arts Center and University Ave. at Jennings Dr. and S. Campus St. Come tour the passive solar Center and see a 900-watt photovoltaic installation. Plus, bring the kids to see a solar boat that earned a 2007 world champion engineering design award. Tour time: 1-4 p.m.
Solar Hot Water/Floor Heat & 6000 watt PV
Jack and Carole Yates’ passive solar home is at 519 Chateau Ct., near 4th St. & Hudson Rd. in Cedar Falls. The home’s two solar systems are 60 evacuated solar tubes to heat water for dish washing, showering and a 6000-watt photovoltaic solar array of 30 panels. Some days this home is carbon neutral. Tour time: 1-4 p.m.
Geothermal Home Retrofit
Bill and Marie Stigliani at 922 W. 9th St., Cedar Falls, retrofitted their home with a geothermal system for heating, cooling and hot water. The system is a vertical installation using 8 wells drilled 75 feet deep. Tour time: 1-4 p.m.
Terra-Dome Earth-Sheltered Home
Brian and Amy Unruh enjoy an even temperature year-round in their terra-dome, earth-sheltered home at 849 Latham Place in Cedar Falls (south of Southdale School). Ask them about their utility bills! Tour time: 1-4 p.m.
Bill and Kathleen Mitchell live in one side of super-insulated duplex they built at 924 Elmridge, 2 blocks west of Orchard Hill Church. Using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) construction, the duplex has a geothermal heating system, on-demand hot water heater, and lots of extra insulation. Tour time: 10 a.m-12 noon.
Geothermal Waterloo Schools
Irving and Lincoln Elementary schools use geothermal systems for heating and cooling, auto sensors for lighting, and energy efficient doors and windows. Tour time at both schools is 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Lincoln Elementary is at 302 Cedar Bend, and Irving Elementary is at 1115 W. 5th & Baltimore St. Waterloo.
Waverly Light & Power’s House of Green
The Wolff family recently bought this energy efficient, passive solar home built by WLP at 400 Tumbleweed Trail, NE Waverly Prairie Parks addition. You’ll see energy efficient appliances and use of renewable materials including recycled steel shingles, corn-fiber carpet and bamboo flooring. Directions: 1st Ave. NW to Adams Pkwy, north across Cedar River. Turn right at the First Street/Cedar Lane, left at First Street/Evans St., veer left at top of hill onto Tumbleweed Trail.
Tour time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Cedar Valley Solar/Energy Efficiency Tour is sponsored by the CEEE, Cedar Falls Utilities, Waverly Light & Power and the Waterloo Community School District. If you have any questions please contact Carole Yates, Program Assistant Solar Tour Coordinator UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education or visit http://www.ases.org/tour/2007_tour/iowa.htm