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Energy theft is the illegal practice of manipulating or bypassing natural gas and electric meters to avoid paying for some or all of the service used.
Energy theft is dangerous
Electric service wires to homes and businesses deliver enough current to kill. Using metal objects and tools near the electric current in these lines can have devastating and deadly results.
Tampering with natural gas meters and equipment can cause leaks and potential carbon monoxide problems that may result in very dangerous situations for the neighborhood and the community.
Energy theft is costly
As with any business, theft losses are considered an operating expense - "part of the cost of doing business" - which often means honest customers end up footing the bill. With honest customers and employees working together, we can minimize the impact of energy theft.
Energy theft is illegal
Across the United States, energy theft is a $6 billion-a-year problem. It's dangerous and illegal.
You can help by notifying Alliant Energy when you see potential energy theft. A new toll-free number - 1-800-391-3680 - makes it easy to report energy theft. Your identity will remain anonymous and the information you provide will be treated confidentially.