The energy champion for rural schools.

Energy Efficiency

With valuable unbiased information, building-specific energy coaching, facilities manager professional development, and helpful connections, EAIS and member schools collaborate to:

  • Identify priority energy conservation projects that improve school buildings, reduce electricity/kilowatt hour usage and natural gas/therm usage, and save General Fund dollars.
  • Benefit from economies of scale and sharing professional services. There is no need to pay individually for basic energy services, training and information.
  • Regionally offer energy team and facility operator training to save out-of-district time and mileage.
  • Pay attention for new rebate, program and grant opportunities.
  • Enable school budget dollars to refocus on student learning.
  • Please note: EAIS does not sell any equipment or products. 

Sampling of Supports and Accomplishments. EAIS has:

  1. Written and received grants for 11 member schools. Matching state lighting grants ranged from $2,707 to $16,500. Resulting energy improvements will save each improved building up to $2,721 annually in electric costs.
  2. Enabled $162,529 to be contributed to the Iowa economy through the above lighting projects.
  3. Saved Iowa schools and taxpayers $79,616 in up- front project costs with grants.
  4. Provided coaching on topics such as HVAC, lighting, insulation, wind turbines, and more.
  5. Facilitated energy-related, regional facilities manager workshops that resulted in 100% of participants agreeing the overall benefit of knowledge gained was between “satisfactory” and “excellent.”

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