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Cooling Tips

Manage your bill and stay comfortable all summer long.

Try these easy summer energy-savers to keep your cool - and your cash:

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  • Raise the thermostat to about 78 to 80 degrees whenever you go to bed or leave the house. A programmable thermostat will do this for you automatically.
  • During late afternoon and early evening, turn off unnecessary lights and wait to use heat-producing appliances.
  • Shade south- and west- facing windows during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout the house and make sure your attic is properly ventilated. A ceiling fan should run clockwise during the summer and counter-clockwise during the winter.
  • Set the fan on your central air conditioner to "on" rather than "auto." This will circulate air continuously, keeping the temperature more even throughout the house and aiding in dehumidification.
  • Make sure your window air conditioner is the proper size. It's better to get one that's too small than too large - a larger unit will start up and turn off more frequently and won't do as good a job dehumidifying the air.

For more tips on cooling your home, visit our PowerHouse TV webpage: PowerHouse: Cooling Your Home.

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Payment Arrangements and Extensions

If your bill is past due or you're having trouble making ends meet, we can work with you on a payment arrangement with a manageable payment amount and schedule. We will consider such factors as:

  • Your ability to pay
  • The size of your past due bill
  • How long your bill has been past due
  • Your payment history
  • Reasons your bill is past due

Another option is a payment extension. Call us at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) and we can arrange to give you some extra time to pay your Alliant Energy bill in full.

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