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Alliant Energy News - April 2014

For Wisconsin customers
Vol 18, Issue 4


Project-Aware-2013-2.jpgDoing our part for a cleaner environment

 We all live, work and play in the same environment, and every one of us has a shared interest in taking care of natural resources and protecting wildlife. Partnering with others is one way that Alliant Energy puts our environmental stewardship into action.

The Nature Conservancy worked to restore prairie in the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area in southwest Wisconsin thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation. The Nature Conservancy and its partners were able to:

  • Plant more than 500 acres of new, native prairie
  • Clear trees and brush from more than 200 acres
  • Provide funds to eight private landowners to plant more diverse prairies
  • Enroll landowners in a conservation program
  • Keep more than 800 acres of planted grassland in the project area
  • Fund extensive bird surveys in nearly 300 locations

 Nearly 400 volunteers and a grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation helped clean up the Iowa River recently as part of Project AWARE, organized by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Low river levels actually helped in the cleanup effort. The low water levels made trash and other items buried in the Iowa River for years more visible. In just seven days, volunteers removed 120,000 pounds of debris from the river, including:

  • 1,371 tires
  • 42,700 pounds of scrap metal
  • More than 17,000 pounds of trash

About 86% of the material collected from the river, or more than 103,000 pounds, was recycled.

Check out more unique ways Alliant Energy continues to help the environment and how you can get involved.


old-couple-laptop.jpgThree ways to save you time

You’ll have more free time when you sign up for three of our free payment programs.

Start by enrolling in online access 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 bills cluttering your desk.
  • Never forget a payment with Automatic Payment. Your payment is automatically withdrawn from your bank account each month.
  • Pay the same amount every month with Budget Billing. Your payments are averaged to spread heating and cooling costs evenly throughout the year.

Combine all three programs and enjoy your free time!


Maier-Farm-6527.jpgBuilding or expanding your dairy farm?

Put electric system planning at the top of your list

Your local Alliant Energy agriculture representative is here to you help plan for a safe and effective electrical system. In addition, we provide our dairy producing customers assistance with:

  • Location of electric service
  • Overhead and underground service options
  • Phase and voltage selection
  • Central service size (ampacity)
  • Service equipment selection
  • Motor selection
  • Grounding and equipotential planes
  • Proper installation of livestock waterers

For more information call 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268).


Rebates for your farm

Focus on Energy helps Wisconsin agribusinesses lower operational costs and improve their bottom lines through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Participating in Focus on Energy’s agribusiness programs can:

  • Help your company manage energy costs
  • Control energy demand
  • Protect the environment and promote in-state economic development.

Lighting incentives are available for several different lighting types and applications including:

  • Linear fluorescent
  • LED lighting
  • Induction
  • Pulse start or ceramic metal halide
  • Lighting for high ceilings, as well as a bonus on high ceiling occupancy sensors.

Additional incentives are available on lighting, ventilation, space heating, controls and other technologies.


811-Dig-CMYK.jpgRemember: Call before you dig

Are you planning yard improvement projects this spring? Follow these safe digging guidelines:

  • Call 811 before you dig.
  • Wait 72 hours before digging to allow time for utilities to locate buried lines. This locating service is free!
  • Respect the utility mark – colored flags, paint or stakes indicate a buried line (red for electric and yellow for gas).
  • Dig with care – stay 18 inches away from the utility marks.

If you make contact with a gas or electric line, call Alliant Energy at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268). If natural gas is blowing, which is a more serious problem, call 9-1-1 immediately.


Mark-L-6366.jpgHow can I increase comfort and cut energy costs in my home?

The answer: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

Energy to heat or cool your home during the winter and summer months can be wasted in a variety of ways. Until you take a closer look at all of the rooms in your home, it can be hard to know how to prioritize home improvements that save energy.

Take part in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Assessment, to find out where you could be saving energy. Through this program certified contractors assess your home to identify how much energy your home uses. Plus, they will give recommendations on which improvements will help 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 be eligible for additional financial assistance.


CFL-New.jpgUse efficient lightbulbs then recycle

Save up to $1.50 per ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) through retailers in Wisconsin. Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, partners with retailers in Wisconsin to offer instant discounts on ENERGY STAR qualified products. You receive the discounts at the register without mailing any forms.

Lighting accounts for about 20% of the average home’s electric bill. CFLs and LEDs use up to 75% less energy and can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

When it’s time to dispose of the bulbs, they can be taken to many retailers for recycling. Recycling is necessary because they contain a small amount of mercury (less than you find in an average watch battery, or about 5 milligrams per bulb).

Check out our list of participating retailers.


Storm safety tips

Storms can knock out power and damage entire communities. Make sure you know these tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Don’t assume your neighbors called in a power outage. If more customers call in an outage to an area it assists with outage restoration.
  • Always assume downed power lines are live, and call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) to report the damage.
  • Never touch a downed power line, and don’t drive over them.
  • If you see a tree branch or something touching a power line, don’t try to remove it. Call Alliant Energy and we’ll take care of the problem safely.
  • Unplug major electrical devices to avoid damage from power surges when power is restored.
  • Make sure your electricity and natural gas service are shut off before entering a home or basement that has standing water. Standing water can extinguish pilot lights, which can allow natural gas to collect in your home, creating the risk of an explosion.


Wisconsin-River-2.jpgDo something good for the environment

Enroll in Second Nature

With Alliant Energy’s Second Natureprogram, we’re able to buy more renewable energy produced from wind power, solar PV, and bioenergy. It’s an easy and effective way to do something good for the environment.

Your participation in Second Nature means fewer fossil fuels are consumed, more valuable energy resources are available for future generations, and air quality is improved for all of us to enjoy. There’s no special equipment to buy and your electricity will be just as reliable as it is now!

How much does it cost?

You choose your level of support, either 25%, 50%, or 100%. From there, your contribution is calculated based on your home’s actual monthly electric usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This amount is then added to your regular monthly Alliant Energy bill.

Below is an example of a household that uses an average of 1,000 kWh per month. To learn your monthly kWh usage, please log into My Account or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).



Shady-Phone-Caller.jpgAvoid utility payment scams

Beware of a scam occurring in our service area and across the country. The scam uses the threat of service disconnection to convince customers to purchase prepaid credit cards and provide that information over the phone. Other scams request payment by email.

If you receive a call like this, hang up and call us at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268)!

Alliant Energy does not ask customers to purchase prepaid credit cards and we don’t ask for payment over email. We have several safe and convenient payment options listed at alliantenergy.com/paymentoptions.

Queremos que usted este alerta sobre estafas que al parecer estan dirigidas a nuestros clients que hablan español. Usando la amenaza de desconectar el servicio, los estafadores los convencen a los clientes de compren tarjetas de crédito prepagadas y de que les den informacion. Otras estafas solicitan el pago por correo electrónico. Nosotros no solicitamos pagos de nuestros clientes a través del teléfono ni tampoco pedimos pago por correo electrónico.

Si usted recibe una llamada que parece sospechosa, cuelgue inmediatamente y llamenos. Nosotros no solicitamos pagos de nuestros clientes a través del teléfono ni tampoco pedimos pago por correo electrónico. Tenemos muchas opciones de pago que son convenientes y seguras. Busque estas opciones en alliantenergy.com/paymentoptions o llamenos.

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