How can our community reduce its carbon footprint most quickly?
MPW has announced aggressive carbon reduction goals for Muscatine’s electricity supply, targeting at least a 25% reduction by 2024 and at least a 65% reduction by 2030. These changes will have significant improvements in Muscatine’s carbon footprint, and there are steps that individual customers and businesses can take to help our local carbon footprint.
For residential customers it comes down to consumption. Reducing energy consumption is the quickest way to reduce your carbon footprint – both at home and in your vehicle.
For home energy usage, the great news is that MPW can help! MPW has a very long history of helping customers reduce their energy consumption. MPW has had a dedicated resource for this effort since 1996 and has driven the reduction of 106 million kWh over that time.
MPW’s Energy Services Advisor can help identify energy savings for customers of all types – from small residential apartment renters and single-family homes to multi-million dollar industrial operations. MPW’s free home and industrial energy audits evaluate the impact that lighting changeouts, insulation improvements, appliance replacements, motor replacements, and more can have on reducing energy consumption.
In 2017, transportation replaced power production as the #1 producer of CO2 emissions in the US. Another great step you can take is transitioning to an electric vehicle (EV). EVs have lower lifecycle carbon emissions than their gas-fired counterparts. As the electric system continues to be powered by more and more renewables, the carbon footprint of EVs will continue to get even better. MPW has rebates available for EVs as high as $1,500 and the utility loan program can be used to spread the cost of EV chargers.
MPW’s comprehensive rebate program for home improvements, business improvements and EVs has encouraged investments in energy efficiency improvements locally for years. In fact, MPW has given out more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency rebates over the past 25 years.