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Alliant Energy News - February 2014

For Iowa customers
Vol. 18, Issue 2


 

LED-Bulb-solo.jpg2014 energy-efficiency residential rebates

Whether it’s a thermostat or insulation, you may need to make an energy-related purchase this year. And when you do, you can save money by taking advantage of rebates from Alliant Energy.

This year, Alliant Energy has some brand-new residential rebates, including Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, annual system maintenance for central air conditioners, ductless “mini-split” heat pumps, and whole-house fans.

Building shell rebates

  • Insulation = Up to $750
  • Home sealing = Up to $200

Heating, cooling & hot water rebates

  • HVAC system tune-up = Up to $50
  • Clock-programmable thermostat = Up to $10
  • Wi-Fi programmable thermostat = Up to $50
  • Heating and cooling equipment, including geothermal = $20 - $3,200
  • Water heater = $75 - $300

Lighting rebates

  • ENERGY STAR® rated compact fluorescent lightbulbs, LED lightbulbs and light fixtures are eligible for instant in-store rebates. For a list of participating retailers, visit iowachangealight.com.

Other services

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.


 

Mag-house.jpgOur best energy-saving advice is a Home Energy Assessment

If there is one piece of energy-conserving, money-saving advice we could give to homeowners, it would be this: get a Home Energy Assessment. It’s free (a service worth $400) and it can teach you so much about your home and your energy use.

Residential customers who have had a Home Energy Assessment often say that they had no idea how interesting and informative it was going to be. They learn how their home works and sometimes about hidden problems that otherwise would have grown into more expensive issues.

During a basic Home Energy Assessment, a professional energy expert will come to your home and give it a top-to-bottom energy inspection, pinpointing energy waste. The expert will even install some energy-saving measures on the spot for free, where applicable, like:

  • Compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Faucet aerators
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Pipe insulation
  • Smart power strip
  • Safety checks for things like carbon monoxide
  • Water heater wrap

A comprehensive Home Energy Assessment is available for $100 that includes a blower door test, duct blaster and thermal imaging in addition to the installation of free energy-efficient measures. If you choose to install at least two rebate-eligible measures from the energy expert recommendations, you’ll receive a $100 bonus rebate.

The energy expert will give you a customized energy report, telling you where your home is losing energy, and what you can do about it. If the energy loss requires repairs, the energy expert will tell you how much the repairs might cost, and how much the repairs could save you on your energy bill each month.

You must receive your primary heating energy or electric cooling energy (heat home with propane, electric, wood, etc.) from Alliant Energy. Your home must also be at least 10 years old or built before 2004.

Schedule your Home Energy Assessment at your convenience by visiting us online or calling 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268).


 

Construction-Lumber.jpgBuild in some wiggle room

Thinking about building a new home? Choose energy efficiency – it gives you wiggle room. How so, you ask? For every dollar you invest in energy efficiency, you increase the value of your home by up to $26 (source: The Appraisal Journal).

Plus, all those energy-efficiency upgrades can lower your monthly heating and cooling bills by about $26. That leaves money in your mortgage for all sorts for extras, like wood floors, cabinet upgrades, granite and more.

Increased home value, lower energy bills, a nicer home … and we haven’t even mentioned the cherry on top! Alliant Energy offers three new 2014 New Home Construction energy-efficiency rebate packages, up to $1,750.


 

pete-pipe.jpgDIY with PowerHouse

Ready to tackle a DIY home project? Make your first stop powerhousetv.com or the PowerHouse YouTube channel. You’ll find do-it-yourself videos that take you step-by-step through the most common energy-efficiency projects.

These videos were featured on the PowerHouse program and have now been posted online, so you can view them anytime. Some of the most popular videos are “Installing a Motion Detector Light,” “Do-It-Yourself Landscape Lighting,” and “Installing a Storm Door.”


 

Phone-Operator-Woman.jpgHow you can avoid disconnection

Overwhelmed by winter heating bills? If you’re behind on your payments, please contact us soon. Don’t wait for a disconnection notice. Your best defense against being disconnected is working with us now on payment options and arrangements.

Good reasons to avoid disconnection:

  • If we disconnect your service, we cannot guarantee same-day re-connection.
  • If your service has been disconnected for non-payment, you will be charged an additional fee for re-connection.

Before you receive a disconnection notice, please call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) right away to discuss a payment plan and to learn about our payment options. You might be surprised at how easy it is. We are willing to work with you.


 

budget-billing-chart.jpgBalance your budget

Balancing your budget can be challenging, but with Alliant Energy’s Budget Billing program, you can spread heating and cooling costs over the entire year. You pay the same amount each month so you can budget effectively.

We review your budget plan every six months to compare your actual energy usage and costs to your budgeted amount. If there’s a significant difference, we’ll adjust your monthly budget amount up or down accordingly.

Sign up for Budget Billing by logging into or registering for My Account or by calling 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).


 

old-couple-laptop.jpgView and pay your bills online

You can streamline your bill paying when you view and pay your bills online. It’s easy! When you sign up for Paperless Billing, each month we’ll send you an email when your bill is ready. You can pay your bill online and view your billing history. Paperless Billing is:

  • Convenient: Right there in your email, ready when you are
  • Secure: Your billing activity is private and secure
  • Clutter-free: No envelopes to keep track of, no stamps to buy

 

Smart-Phone.jpgConnect with us on your smart phone

Did you know we’re here for you on your smart phone? Alliant Energy’s mobile website has quick and easy buttons to view and pay your bill or report an outage. You can also check the status of an outage or the impact of severe weather across the region.

To pay your bill using your smart phone you must be signed up for online account access and have saved your bank information in this secure environment. To sign up, go online, look for the yellow box labeled “My Account” and then visit Enroll in Online Access.


 

Tree.jpg$25 shade trees for your home

By planting trees strategically on your property, you can help lower your heating and cooling costs. In partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Alliant Energy will be selling high-quality trees for just $25 each.

Starting in April, the trees will be sold in eight Iowa counties: Winnebago, Jasper, Linn, Boone, Henry, Appanoose, Iowa and Bremer. There is a limit of two trees per household, and advance payment and reservation is required. You don’t have to reside in the distribution county to purchase trees, but you do have to be a residential customer of Alliant Energy.

For more information, visit alliantenergy.com/operationreleaf.


 

Apartments.jpgHelp your neighbors in need

Join the many Alliant Energy customers, employees and shareowners who have contributed to the Hometown Care Energy Fund, which helps local families struggling to keep pace with their utility bills. Donations go directly to neighbors in need, with funds administered by local community action programs. You can contribute by calling 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).