Household Success Stories

Iowans are already taking simple steps in their homes to reduce their energy use and save hundreds on their electrical bills. This page highlights just a few families and individuals who did just that through their participation in the Cool Congregations program.

 

Coffman Family

The Coffmans 

The Coffman family, motivated by their desire to be faith stewards of God’s creation, reduced the carbon emissions from their home by cutting their electricity use and taking advantage of state and federal tax credits to install solar. The credits add up to nearly a 50% reduction in solar installation costs. Read more of their story here.

 

 

 

The MoothartsDrone photo of South-side Solar Panels copy

As Tim and Mary spoke to me over the phone about their desire for a zero carbon lifestyle, the workmen were on the roof of their home installing solar panels.

As Catholics, they have studied the social justice teachings of the church and were encouraged and inspired to reduce their environmental impact on the earth. Read more of their story here.

 

 

The Eastmans Ann Success Story

Ann and Barry are saving approximately $100 a month on their utility bill by taking low cost measures they learned about through the Cool Congregations program. As a result they have lowered their family’s carbon footprint by 10%. Read how they did it here.

 

 

The BarclaysBarclays

By employing common energy saving measures available to homeowners today, the Barclays cut their home heating fuel use by 31% and electricity use by 15%, saving $524 in one year and preventing 7,500 pounds of carbon dioxide. Read more of their story here.

 

 

The GuysJonah Garden

The Guy family had already taken steps to reduce their energy use over the years, but through the Cool Congregations program they found many other measures to try, cutting their emissions by 19% and saving $500 over two years. Read more of their story here.

 

 

KateKate Success Story

Kate is saving $600 a year! Her family reduced their carbon footprint by 10% and their electric use by 50% through changing their light bulbs. She spent $200 on CFLs to replace 75% of her bulbs and she recouped her investment in just 4 months.

 

 

LianeLiane Success Story

Liane reduced her carbon footprint by 9% by purchasing an Energy Star refrigerator, closing vents to three unused rooms in the basement, changing ten light bulbs to compact fluorescent, turning the lights off in rooms not in use, and turning off the pilot light in her gas fireplace during the summer. She received a $75 rebate from Cedar Falls Utilities for the new refrigerator. She saves $221 per year on electricity and natural gas and $30 over the lifetime of each bulb, totaling $300 per year.

 

How About You?

What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? We would love to share your success story, contact us at programs@iowaipl.org. Calculate your carbon footprint by visiting our Carbon Calculator page.