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Alliant Energy News - February 2013

For Iowa customers
For Vol 17, Issue 2


 

Appliance ShoppingThe 2013 rebates are here!

Whether it’s weather stripping or windows, you will probably make an energy-related purchase this year, and when you do, remember that you can save money by taking advantage of energy-efficiency rebates.

If you’re looking to make energy-efficient upgrades more affordable upfront, you may choose low-interest financing through Alliant Energy in place of a rebate.

Get more information or call 1-866-ALLIANT and ask for your free 2013 Energy-Efficiency Rebate booklet.

2013 ENERGY-EFFICIENCY REBATES

Appliances

  • Clothes washer – Up to $100
  • Dishwasher – $20
  • Freezer – $25
  • Refrigerator – $50

Insulation and home sealing

  • Insulation (attic, foundation, or in-wall)* – Up to $750 each type
  • Home sealing* – Up to $200
  • Replacement door – $25-$50
  • Replacement window – $25

Heating, cooling & water heating

  • Annual heating system maintenance – Up to $30
  • Clock-programmable thermostat – Up to $25
  • Heating and cooling equipment – $100-$400
  • Room air conditioner – $25
  • Water heater – Up to $300

Lighting

  • Compact fluorescent light bulb – 50% of purchase price
  • LED light bulb – 50% of purchase price up to $10
  • Light fixture – $20 per fixture**
  • LED indoor light fixture – $30 per fixture**
  • LED outdoor light fixture – $30 per fixture**

Other programs

  • Appliance Recycling – Up to $50 per working appliance
  • Home Energy Assessment – Free for homes built before January 1, 2003
  • New Home Construction – Up to $3,500

*Home Energy Assessment required prior to installation to qualify for a rebate
**Not to exceed 50% of the purchase price

The appliances and equipment listed above must meet specific criteria to qualify for rebates. Minimum and maximum purchase amounts may apply. Rebates are limited to 50% of equipment purchase price. In addition, the item qualifying for the rebate must receive its primary energy from Alliant Energy.


 

Quick FixesQuick fixes

Energy saving tips for renters

Renters, are you paying high utility bills? Some simple low- and no-cost fixes can help lower your costs and create a more comfortable home.

  • Switch to CFLs or LED lighting in lamps or fixtures.
  • Lower the temperature ten degrees for at least eight hours a day (when you’re gone or asleep). You can save up to 10% on your energy bills – without sacrificing comfort.
  • Add weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors. Put plastic coverings over windows to block drafts and keep the heat in.*
  • Block drafts under exterior doors with a draft dodger or even a rolled towel.
  • Is it time to replace appliances?* Ask for energy-efficient models – your landlord can get a rebate from Alliant Energy for many of these purchases.
  • Change the furnace filter once a month.
  • Install low flow shower heads and water faucets.* This will save on your water bill and the gas used to heat the water.

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


 

Home ConstructionNew home – energy efficient or not?

When you see a new home, it is easy to assume that it must also be energy-efficient. Unfortunately, this is not always true.

Many new homes are built simply to meet current building code, which is far below the higher standard of energy efficiency. If you're not sure what the standard is, click here to view energy-efficiency requirements.

When home shopping, ask if the home qualifies for the ENERGY STAR® designation or Alliant Energy’s New Home Construction rebates. If not, you may want to keep looking. An energy-efficient home can lower your utility bill by about $26 a month.* Put that $26 a month towards the mortgage, and you can now afford an additional $25,000 worth of home (figured with 30 year loan at five percent interest) for the same monthly cash output. Plus, you’ll get up to $3,500 in Alliant Energy rebates, and your home will be more comfortable and worth more money.

*Estimated monthly energy savings of $26 for energy-efficient home is based on the average annual residential Alliant Energy heating and cooling bill of $1,044 and an expected heating/cooling savings of 30%. Source: ENERGY STAR.


 

Energy theftEnergy theft

Save lives – report it!

Energy theft is the illegal practice of bypassing the electric or natural gas meter to obtain energy. It’s not easy to spot, but there are some signs:

  • Someone bragging about a very low bill
  • Unfamiliar wires running around or out of a meter
  • No meter at an occupied dwelling with lights on

Electric service wires carry enough current to kill and tampering with natural gas service can be dangerous to the community.

If you see a potential theft, notify us at 1-800-391-3680. Your identity will remain anonymous and the information you provide will be treated confidentially.


 

Laptop ManWinning combination

Three ways to save time

Good things come in threes. You’ll have more free time when you sign up for three of our free payment programs.

Start by enrolling in online account management and in a few easy steps you’ll have 24-hour access to your account. Then sign up for the three payment options that will cut your bill paying time down to nothing.

  • Cut the clutter with Paperless Billing. We’ll email you when your bill is ready to view online. No more paper bills cluttering your mailbox.
  • Pay the same amount every month with Budget Billing. Your payments are averaged to spread heating and cooling costs evenly throughout the year.
  • Never forget a payment with Automatic Payment. Your payment is automatically withdrawn from your bank account each month.

Combine all three programs and enjoy your free time!


 

FarmHarvest energy savings with a free energy assessment for your farm

Let us help you find and correct energy waste on your farm or agri-business. It all starts with a FREE Energy Assessment. You’ll get immediate feedback on rebates and other Alliant Energy programs that can help you save energy and money.

To qualify for this free assessment, you must be an Alliant Energy electric customer, have outbuildings on site that are more than 7 years old, and more than 50% of your electric bill must be for agricultural use.

For more information call 1-866-ALLIANT.


 

Operation ReLeaf$25 shade trees for your home

In partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry and participating counties, Alliant Energy sells high-quality, three to eight-foot trees for just $25 each (retail value of $65 or more). The trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tree varieties may include Soft Maple, Hard Maple, River Birch, Elm, Oak, Linden, Serviceberry/Juneberry, Eastern Redbud, Flowering Crabapple, Fir, Spruce, and Eastern White Pine. Your county’s tree varieties will be listed on the tree reservation form, is available at alliantenergy.com/operationreleaf.

There is a limit of two trees per household and advance payment and reservation is required. In addition, you must be a residential customer of Alliant Energy and be able to pick-up your tree(s) on the day of distribution in your designated location.

Don’t miss Operation ReLeaf in your area:

Cass County
  
Cass County Fairgrounds in Atlantic on May 4

Clayton County
  
Osbourne Nature Center in Elkader on May 9

Hancock County
  
Concord Park in Garner on May 11

Hardin County
  
Calkin’s Nature Area in Iowa Falls on April 18

Keokuk County
  
Keokuk County Fairgrounds in Sigourney on May 23

Linn County
  
Squaw Creek Park in Marion on May 18

Union County
  
Three Mile Lake in Afton on April 25

Wapello County
  
Beach Ottumwa in Ottumwa on April 20

Get more event details.


 

Pete and MeganPowerHouse: Your how-to go-to

Got a project on your to-do list that’s got you puzzled? PowerHouse is your do-it-yourself project authority. Every week, you can catch PowerHouse on the following TV stations:

  • WHO, Channel 13 – Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • KCRG, Channel 9 – Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • KTVO, Channel 3 – Sunday at 5 p.m.
  • KAAL, Channel 6 – Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

If you have an upcoming household project to tackle, you don’t have to wait until the weekend to get a little advice. Pete and Megan are always on hand at youtube.com/aepowerhousetv. These short, simple videos show you how to complete a variety of projects and purchase energy-using products – all while keeping energy efficiency in mind. Topics include: buying an energy-efficient house, shopping for a new TV, landscape lighting and much more.


Call us

For customer service, call 1-800-ALLIANT (1-800-255-4268).