For Wisconsin customers
Vol 17, Issue 12
- Getting ready for winter
- High school students: Apply for a Community Service Scholarship
- Increase comfort and cut home energy costs
- This winter, do more online
- Support renewable energy
- Financial support available for eligible households
- What to do when a pilot light goes out
- Winterize your farm
Getting ready for winter
You can increase the comfort of your home and cut down on energy waste even in the winter with these simple steps.
- Seal the leaks and close the gaps. Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip doors and windows.
- Keep it shut. Traditional fireplaces are an energy waster because they pull heated air out of the house and release it up the chimney. When not in use, keep the damper closed. Make sure there are no smoldering embers before closing the damper.
- Replace your furnace filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Changing or cleaning your filter once a month helps your bill and the quality of air you breathe.
- Turn it off. Kitchen and bath ventilation fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if left on. Turn them off after they’ve done their job, or put them on a timer.
- Schedule a furnace tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use.
- Use a clock-programmable thermostat. Set it so your heating costs will go down when you are away or asleep.
High school students: Apply for a Community Service Scholarship
Each year the Alliant Energy Foundation awards 25 high school students with a $1,000 Community Service Scholarship. Award selection is based on leadership in community service, volunteer work, academic grade point average, standardized test scores, and a 300-word essay. Online applications will be accepted starting on December 1, 2013. Completed applications are due February 17, 2014.
Increase comfort and cut home energy costs
Energy to heat your home during cold months can be lost in a variety of ways and until you take a thorough look at all of the characteristics of your home, it can be hard to know how to prioritize home improvements that save money.
To get the facts, the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program can help. A certified contractor does a home an energy assessment to identify how much energy your home uses and then they give recommendations on how you save money and increase comfort.
Homeowners who heat at least 50% of the home with natural gas or electricity are eligible for financial rewards from Focus on Energy. Homeowners with limited incomes may also be eligible for additional financial assistance.
This winter, do more online
Cold weather and the holiday season leave us looking for more ways to run errands online. When you sign up for My Account, you can:
- Pay or sign up to receive your utility bill online
- Check your account balance and due date
- Review 18 months of energy use and payment history
- Enroll to have your bill paid automatically
Support renewable energy
This holiday season consider the gift of renewable energy. Second NatureTM, Alliant Energy’s voluntary green energy pricing program, provides an easy and low-cost way to invest in renewable energy.
Electric customers who join Second Nature make a monthly contribution that supports the cost of harvesting the wind, solar and other renewable energy. This is a great option for customers that want to support renewable energy, but don’t have the space to install a renewable energy system at their home or farm.
Financial support available for eligible households
Your household may be eligible for help with your energy bills through the State of Wisconsin’s Home Energy Plus program. Eligibility is based on a variety of factors including household size, income and energy cost. Some households may also receive weatherization services through the program, which help reduce energy usage and increase the overall comfort of the home.
What to do when a pilot light goes out
Appliances that use natural gas, like a furnace, stove, water heater, or clothes dryer might have a pilot light. There are some natural gas appliances that have an electronic ignition and those do not have a pilot light.
If your pilot light does go out, the appliance won’t work properly. Alliant Energy recommends customers have a professional technician relight the pilot light that has gone out. The technician will diagnose the problem and make necessary repairs.
If you attempt to light a pilot light, proceed with caution. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and precautions regarding the appliance.
Winterize your farm
Winter creates special hazards on the farm. Liquids inside machinery or containers can freeze, causing ruptured pipes and containers. Ice can cause slips and falls. Fumes from heaters and pressure washers can produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.
Conduct an all-farm inspection of machinery and equipment, buildings, walkways, gates, wiring, and pesticides. Install carbon monoxide alarms in shops and other buildings where non-electric heaters are used. Analyze hydraulic fluid and antifreeze and replace as recommended. Clean and drain pesticide application equipment.
Prepare ahead for winter storms: develop an emergency plan for water and feed supplies, stockpile emergency materials and winterize any buildings that shelter your family, livestock or equipment.
For customer service, call 1-800-ALLIANT (1-800-255-4268).