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Cool Neighbors learn about CFU rebates, choose action steps

November 1, 2011

Carole Yates, program manager, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, 319-273-7599,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Residents in three Cedar Falls neighborhoods are taking small steps to reduce their home energy use, save money and make new friends in a friendly competition called Cool Neighbors organized by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa. Residents of College Hill Partnership (CHP), North Cedar and Overman Park neighborhoods are welcome to participate.

A series of monthly events will be held for neighbors from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following dates/locations: Overman Park residents on Monday, Nov. 7, in the Cedar Falls Library large conference room; College Hill Partnership residents on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the CHP office at 23rd & College in Cedar Falls; and North Cedar residents on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Living Water Church of the Nazarene, W. Lonetree Road in Cedar Falls

Cool Neighbors participants will receive a free LED night light and a chart of their home's energy use compared to their neighbors and to the average Iowan's energy use. They will also view their home on the Cedar Falls Utilities' (CFU) thermal flyover website to see where more weatherization would improve their home's energy loss and possibly lower their utility bill. Participants will hear about CFU's energy efficiency rebates and incentives and then decide what additional steps they want to take.

To sign up, contact your neighborhood helper:
Overman Park, Tara Wilson Pickering at 319-504-1869 or
CHP, Joel Anderson at 319-273-6228 or or Becky Hawbaker at 319-290-1050
North Cedar, Mary Smith at 319-269-7300 or

Cool Neighbors, a project of the UNI CEEE, is sponsored by CFU, the City of Cedar Falls, Cool Congregations and the Iowa Office of Economic Development. For more information, contact Carole Yates, CEEE program manager, at 319-273-7599 or