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Home Energy Assessment

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Do you know where your home wastes energy? Understanding your home’s trouble spots is an important first step to saving energy and lowering your utility bills.

Learn more about Home Energy Assessments:

How do I request a Home Energy Assessment?
Request a free professional Home Energy Assessment online or call our Energy Efficiency Hotline at 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268).

You will receive a four-hour window for your assessment to start. Since each assessment is unique and we want to be as thorough as possible, we cannot honor requests to arrive at a specific time. Your assessor will call 30 minutes before arrival.

What is a Home Energy Assessment?
If your home qualifies, we will send a certified energy expert to take a close look at your home. The assessor will identify ways for you to reduce your energy usage, give you estimates on how much the upgrades will cost, and tell you how much you can expect to save. The assessor will also conduct a combustion safety check and a carbon monoxide test. The assessor may even install some energy-saving measures on the spot at no cost.

What will the assessor look at in my home?
The energy expert will analyze many features of your home, including:

  • Building construction and tightness
  • Heating and cooling systems (if applicable, the energy expert will install a clock-programmable thermostat at no cost)
  • Kitchen and laundry appliances
  • Lighting (if applicable, the energy expert will install ENERGY STAR® rated compact fluorescent lightbulbs)
  • Water heating equipment (if applicable, the energy expert will install up to two faucet aerators, a low-flow showerhead, pipe insulation and water heater insulation wrap)
  • Windows, doors and insulation levels
  • Plug load review (if applicable, the energy expert will provide you with a smart strip)

How do I qualify for a Home Energy Assessment?
Alliant Energy must supply your home's primary heating energy or electric cooling energy (if you don't heat with natural gas). The primary heating source is the heating equipment permanently installed in your home (furnace, boiler, etc.). All other heating sources (space heater, corn stoves, etc.) are considered supplemental.

  • Your home must have been built before January 1, 2004.
  • If you are a renter, you must have the property owner’s approval. Alliant Energy would be happy to contact the property owner for approval.
  • Eligible customers may receive an assessment once every five years.

What are the different options for a Home Energy Assessment?
Eligible customers may select either a basic or comprehensive energy assessment. The basic option is free, while the comprehensive option requires a $100 customer co-pay.

ProgramQualificationsCustomer costRebate amount
Basic energy assessment- Home built before Jan. 2004
- Primary heating fuel provided by Alliant Energy
FreeNo rebate available
Basic electric-only assessment- Home built before Jan. 2004
- Electric customers with central AC
FreeNo rebate available
Comprehensive energy assessment
- Includes blower door testing, duct blaster and thermal imaging
- Home built before Jan. 2004
- Primary heating fuel delivered by Alliant Energy
$100$100 when you install at least two rebate-eligible measures from recommendations
Comprehensive electric-only energy assessment
- Includes blower door testing, duct blaster and thermal imaging 
- Home built before Jan. 2004
- Electric customers with central AC
$100$100 when you install at least two rebate-eligible measures from recommendations



Are there any alternatives to an in-person Home Energy Assessment?
We understand you are busy and scheduling a Home Energy Assessment can be difficult. You can get a free real-time, virtual home energy assessment online through the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saver (HES) tool. The tool recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to your home, the climate and local energy prices. Be sure to check for rebates before making energy-efficient updates.