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Alliant Energy News - May 2014

For Iowa customers
Vol 18, Issue 5


gray-surge-sil2.jpgProtect your electronics

One of the best ways to prevent damaging your electronics is to use a surge protector. Various electronics are made with voltage-sensitive components. Protecting them from power surges will help extend the life of the equipment. The following should be hooked up to surge protectors in your home:

  • Laptops or computers
  • Televisions
  • Gaming systems

If you don’t have a surge protector, unplug electronics when the power goes out and don’t plug back in until power is restored.


Room-Air-Conditioner.jpg$200 rebate on ductless heat pumps

No ducts? No problem. A ductless “mini-split” heat pump is just the thing. These heating and cooling wonders do the job without the expense of traditional ductwork. They’re perfect for home renovations and room additions. Mini-splits are also a good solution when it is too expensive or not possible to install ductwork.

Alliant Energy offers rebates on ductless “mini-split” heat pumps for $200. To qualify for rebate, the following conditions must be met:

  • The unit must heat and cool the whole home.
  • Your home must have been built before 2009.
  • Alliant Energy must supply the power to the unit.


Air-Conditioning-Install.jpgKeeping your cool

How many summers has your central air conditioner kept you cool? Five? Seven? Ten? Even if you’re a bit overdue for a tune-up, that’s alright. Because Alliant Energy is offering $50 rebates on central air conditioner tune-ups.

This professional service will keep your air conditioner running at peak efficiency. You will save money on cooling bills. It will also help prevent expensive, unexpected breakdowns.


HVAC rebate information

To get a HVAC rebate you must work with a certified HVAC SAVE contractor for the installation of any cooling or heating equipment.


exterior-ac.jpgWhen to replace your central air conditioner

How do you know when it’s time to replace your central air conditioner? Telltale signs indicate when the time is right. Consider replacing your air conditioner when:

  • The unit is 10 years old or more.
  • Your unit needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.
  • Some rooms in your home are noticeably warmer.
  • Your home has humidity problems.
  • The cooling system is noisy.

Replacing before a complete breakdown will save you money and frustration. It will also reduce your cooling bills sooner. A newer, ENERGY STAR® model can save you up to 20% on cooling costs. If you decide to replace your cooling system, remember to work with a certified HVAC SAVE contractor. It is required to receive your Alliant Energy rebate. Find an HVAC SAVE-certified contactor at hvacsave.com.


power-3.jpgPowering homes with many different types of energy

Alliant Energy meets and exceeds Renewable Energy Standards by generating renewable energy and contracting purchase power agreements. One example of how we create power from a renewable energy source is our Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County, Iowa. This wind farm has 121 turbines capable of generating up to 200 MW of electricity, enough power for approximately 50,000 homes. Therefore, Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is able to sell Renewable Energy Credits on the national renewable energy market.


(a) Emission rates are not available for biomass purchase power.
(b) EPA published emission rates for the MROW subregion from U.S. EPA eGRID2014 Version 1.0 are available at: epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/egrid/


Hot-Thermometer.jpgWhat to know when temperatures rise

When temperatures rise the demand for electricity increases. These hot and humid days create a “peak demand season.” By lowering electricity use during Peak Alerts, you are helping to control the demand on energy resources. Peak Alerts are used between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and customers are notified by radio, television and newspaper.

When the temperature goes above 97 degrees in one day, and is expected to rise above 97 degrees on the following day, Alliant Energy will issue a Peak Alert for the second day. We also will issue a Peak Alert notice if the temperature is expected to be above 90 degrees after two straight days of temperatures above 97 degrees.

For more information, email customercare@alliantenergy.com or call1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).

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