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Alliant Energy News - July 2013

For Iowa customers
Vol 17, Issue 7


 

Ceiling-Fan-BulbFans to the rescue

As the temperatures rise, it can be easier than you think to keep your home cool and comfortable – without breaking the bank.

Ceiling fans are a good investment, but remember that they are only effective if you are in the room where they are running. Fans cool people, not rooms. For a ceiling fan to do its job effectively in the summer, it should be blowing air down – so make sure to check the direction the blades are turning. Box fans are also a good option to cool off.

Keep your windows covered during the day to keep the sun out. At night, when the temperature has cooled outside, open up the windows and let the cooler air in.

Making simple changes like these can allow you to turn up your thermostat a degree or two without noticing a difference in temperature. The difference you may notice is a change in your average summer utility bills.

Click here for additional information on how to stay cool in your home this summer.


 

Summer-family.jpgTake a worry-free vacation with Automatic Payment

For a relaxing vacation, cross one more task off your list: paying your utility bill. You can sign up for Automatic Payment to have your utility bill automatically deducted from your bank account each month and take the worry out of bill paying.


 

Tree-Trim-80.jpgWhen was the last time you trimmed your trees?

Alliant Energy routinely trims trees to prevent them from touching power lines. But homeowners should arrange for the removal of dead, dying, or structurally weak trees on their property before they become a safety risk, or cause an outage in a storm.

“Everyone should have their trees periodically inspected by a certified and insured arborist. These professionals can help you make tree removal decisions,” said Jeff Iles, Chair, Iowa State University Department of Horticulture. “Even trees with canopies full of green leaves could have weakly attached branches or columns of decayed wood. A trained arborist can help you identify and remove potentially dangerous trees before they cause property damage or worse.”

If a tree or a limb falls on a power line near you, stay away and call Alliant Energy at 1-800-ALLIANT. Our specially trained crews will remove it from the line.


 

CullenThomas3.jpgIs your town ready for Hometown Rewards?

Applications due September 1

The Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards program is a partnership that encourages community members, residents, government, businesses and industries to develop and implement energy saving initiatives that save money and improve the environment. This voluntary program is offered to a limited number of towns in Alliant Energy’s Iowa service territory. Communities must apply to be considered for the program and applications are due September 1, 2013.

Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards encourages residential and business customers to reduce their energy usage either by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (shutting off lights or turning down the furnace) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, adding insulation or planting trees).

If your community is selected, Alliant Energy partners with you to set goals and get everyone involved. Once your goals are achieved, Alliant Energy will reward your community with a cash rebate to be used on an energy-efficiency community project.


 

CFL-Woman-Green.jpgEnergy saving tips for renters

These changes can help lower your utility costs and create a more comfortable home.

  1. Install low-flow shower heads and water faucets.*  This will save on your water bill and the gas used to heat the water.
  2. Change the furnace filter every month.
  3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  4. Switch to CFLs or LED lighting in lamps or light fixtures.
  5. Raise the temperature 10 degrees on your thermostat for at least eight hours a day (when you’re gone or asleep). You can save 10 percent on your energy bills – without sacrificing comfort.
  6. Add weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors to keep the cool air in.*
  7. Time to replace appliances?* Ask for energy-efficient models – your landlord can get a rebate from Alliant Energy for many of these purchases.

*Remember to get your landlord’s permission or ask him/her to do the work for you.

Click here for additional details on our Multifamily program.


 

Air-Conditioning-Install.jpg vspace=Keep cool with summer rebates

About half of the energy you use in your home goes towards cooling and heating. If it’s time to install a new air conditioner in your home, invest in an energy-saving system. Ask your dealer about Alliant Energy’s rebates on high-efficiency products.

Alliant Energy has rebates on central and room air conditioners and clock-programmable thermostats. Along with a rebate, you’ll save money on your energy bill for years to come!


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