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Save Money and Keep Warm with Energy Efficiency

Recently, I opened my curtains to look out on six inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures. I noticed a line of ice along the inside of my window sill and wondered, if ice can get in, how much heat is getting out?

The average American home loses up to 1/3 of its heat through poorly insulated windows and doors, costing American consumers millions of dollars every year. Basic “weatherization” measures that increase household energy efficiency are one of the easiest ways to save money, improve home comfort, and help protect air and water quality.

President Obama, the State of the Union (#SOTU), and Rural Poverty

Tonight, when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress and the American people, he should talk about the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in addressing poverty in rural and small-town America.

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe the president and Congress should seriously consider proposals to enhance the EITC. We hope the president begins that process by discussing enhancements of the EITC in the State of the Union.

Wind Energy and Transmission Expansion Opposition

Part 5 of our Primer on Renewable Energy and Transmission takes us back to a March day when writer Loren Flaugh encountered his first serious opponent to wind energy expansion in Iowa.

I was in Sioux County, Iowa, at Rock Valley accompanying my wife to a meeting she attended. Rock Valley City Hall is just two doors down. Completely out of the blue, I walked in and asked the whereabouts of any economic development director. A clerk yelled back and out he wandered.

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