Charles City, Iowa – It is not every day that the most powerful person in Iowa visits Charles City. On Friday, that was exactly what happened when Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, came to town.
Governor Reynolds was in town to check out the newly built Parkside Villas Development. These houses are all built behind the idea of clean energy. All of the new buildings in the community are tied into the same geothermal network.
There are also many other ways that these houses are energy efficient. The windows, exterior of the houses, and solar panels on the roof all play a key factor is conserving energy.
Dean Stewart of Stewart Realty says that one of the community’s residents said that their electric bill last month was just over $8. It was also added that those $8 went towards the cost of the electric meter.
Governor Reynolds said she was very impressed with the community that had been developed. She also added that she wants projects like these to move to other towns and cities in Iowa.
A-One Geothermal was the group in charge of the geothermal with this project and they said that supporting a community like this is more than possible.
The grounds surrounding the community are efficient as well. The roads in the community are made of brick. This prevents the paths from flooding as the ground soaks up the water faster due to the spaces between each brick.
These houses were constructed to help the environment, and everyone involved with the project believes they have accomplished that.