The Winneshiek Energy District and the Historic Porter House Museum invite the public to learn about the museum’s recent energy upgrades and solar installation Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 a.m., at the Porter House Museum on the corner of Broadway and River St. in Decorah.

The event is part of the Energy District’s monthly “Energy Breakfast” series.

“We’ve been thinking about climate control for close to 30 years, It helps with preservation of the artifacts.” says Porter House Board member, Paul Cutting. “Until recently, air conditioning has been too expensive and would have required altering the historic building in intrusive ways.”

“With the support from the Depot Outlet and private donors, we’ve installed heat pumps and use the solar to offset the increase in electricity consumption.” says staff member Emily Mineart.

The talk will start on the Porter House porch with coffee and muffins. Porter House board member Paul Cutting will speak to the nonprofit’s decision making and fundraising process for these projects.

Following a short talk, Cutting will give a tour of the historic building’s energy upgrades.

“The Porter House is an excellent example of how small nonprofits can invest in energy improvements that will aid the organization for years to come,” says Kristin Eggen, a staff member at the Winneshiek Energy District.

Coffee and muffins will be available for purchase. Register at by Friday, Aug. 16.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.

The Winneshiek Energy District’s monthly energy breakfast series is a local energy forum that discusses local, clean energy topics every third Tuesday of the month.

The Winneshiek Energy District is a local non-profit organization that is working toward a vision of 100 percent local, clean, efficient energy in Winneshiek County by 2050. Learn more at