For Iowa and Minnesota customers
Vol 16 Issue 11
- Budget-friendly green energy
- No changes for 2013 new home rebates
- Give the gift of warmth this holiday season – an Alliant Energy Gift Certificate
- Cha-ching! Cash in with Appliance Recycling
- Helping neighbors in need with Paperless Billing
- Installing farm tile? Call 811 first!
Budget-friendly green energy
You see tall wind turbines dotting the countryside. You hear of biogas projects that turn landfill waste into energy. Wouldn’t it be great if you could directly affect the growth of renewable energy, right here in the Midwest?
With Second Nature™, you can. And the good news – it’s far easier and more affordable than installing your own wind turbine or solar panels. Your participation in Second Nature helps cover the cost of harvesting renewable energy for Alliant Energy customers.
How much does it cost? You choose your level of support (25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent). From there, your contribution is calculated based on your home’s actual monthly electric usage (kWh). This amount is then added to your regular monthly Alliant Energy bill.
If you are an agricultural customer or a small business, you simply choose a flat-rate monthly contribution, instead of selecting a participation level.
No changes for 2013 new home rebates
Good news for homebuyers – the same great Alliant Energy New Home Construction rebates available in 2012 will also be available in 2013! So no matter when you break ground, you can plan on the same rebate programs.
New, but not necessarily efficient
Whether you’re buying a newly constructed home now, or in 2013, don’t assume that all are energy efficient. Many are only built to meet code, and not the higher standard of energy efficiency. This helps builders stay below a certain price point, but costs more in the long run, due to higher monthly heating and cooling bills (about 30 percent higher, according to ENERGY STAR®, or $26 a month for the average Alliant Energy customer).
Energy efficiency = extra cash
Instead of spending that $26 a month on higher energy bills, invest it in your home upfront. When spread over a 30-year mortgage at five percent interest, $26 a month can give you about $25,000 more home. Even after investing in energy-efficient upgrades, you will probably still have money left over for a few extras, like granite countertops or wood floors.
When looking for a builder, ask if their homes qualify for the ENERGY STAR designation or Alliant Energy’s New Home Construction rebates. View the specific energy-efficiency requirements that your new home should meet, or call 1-866-ALLIANT (1-866-255-4268) between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Give the gift of warmth this holiday season – an Alliant Energy gift certificate
Gift certificates are available in any dollar amount and are a perfect, practical gift for college students, newlyweds, new home owners and more!
Download the order form or call 1-800-928-4328.
Cha-ching! Cash in with Appliance Recycling
Old working appliances, like that refrigerator in your garage, may seem convenient. But keeping it around and running can add up to $246 a year to your energy bill (source: ENERGY STAR®).
Perhaps it’s time to get rid of it. Alliant Energy will send a recycling contractor to pick up and dispose of your old working (motor must run, fan must cool) appliance safely. There’s no heavy lifting, and you’ll get a rebate in return.
- Working freezers and refrigerators $50 each
- Working room air conditioners $25 each
To qualify, Alliant Energy must supply the energy to the equipment, and there is a maximum quantity of two of each type of appliance. Freezers and refrigerators must be 10 cubic feet or larger. No commercial-sized equipment qualifies.
For more information click here or call 1-866-ALLIANT (1-866-255-4268) between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Helping neighbors in need with Paperless Billing
When you sign up for Paperless Billing it’s a win for everyone. You’ll cut the clutter of paper bills, and from now through January 31, 2013, we’ll contribute a dollar to the Hometown Care Energy Fund each time someone enrolls in Paperless Billing!
There are many reasons families fall behind on their heating bills. Contributions to the Hometown Care Energy Fund provide confidential financial assistance with energy bills for the elderly, disabled and families trying to make ends meet.
Donations are administered by local community action programs and go directly to those in need in your area.
To make a direct contribution to the Hometown Care Energy Fund, send a check to:
Hometown Care Energy Fund
P.O. Box 3003
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-3003
Installing farm tile? Call 811 first!
When it comes to working in the field, farmers know their ground better than anyone else. However, they might not know what is under the ground. That is why anytime you dig the soil 15 inches or deeper you need to call 811 first and have pipelines located in the area. A few examples of when a farmer should call 811 include: chisel plowing, ripping, tiling, terracing, water way projects, etc.
Calling 811 is a free service provided by the utility operators in your area. State law requires you to call 811 at least three days before digging or tiling. When you don’t call, you not only risk fines and penalties, you risk your life.
This year, there were two separate explosions when farmers dug into natural gas pipelines while installing drainage tile in Iowa. Both hits could have been prevented.
Even if you know the general location of pipelines on or near your land, call 811 to reach the local One-Call Center to verify the location of all utilities on your property or to obtain the one call guidelines associated with farming activities.