Leaving town?

Here’s how to vacation-ready your home. 

  • Air conditioning. Turn off your thermostat. (Yep, all the way off. It’s just fine to turn it off in the summer, but in the winter, it’s a different story.)
  • If you have a window air conditioner, remove it – or if you can’t, cover the compressor and unplug the unit.
  • Water heater. For a gas water heater, check for a VAC or “vacation” setting to use. If you don’t have one, turn the thermostat as low as possible without turning it off. For an electric water heater, cut the power at the service panel. Don’t worry about draining water from the tank, but when you get home, make sure the water reaches at least 120 degrees (to kill off bacteria) before you use it. 

Save some money by giving your appliances a vacation, too. 

  •  Refrigerator. Get rid of easily spoiled items like yogurt and milk, and turn up the thermostat a notch or two. You can raise the temperature to 38 degrees and still keep your food safe.
  • Freezer. Remove fast-melting foods like ice cream, and raise the temperature a few degrees. Meats and veggies will remain frozen solid at temperatures below 5 degrees.
  • Other electronics. Unplug anything you can: the television, microwave, computer, etc. Not only will it help save energy – it’s safer in case of a storm. 

With a smart thermostat, you can turn your air conditioning back on just in time to cool the house for your return. Find up to a $100 learning thermostat rebate at alliantenergy.com/rebates. 

Stay safe, drone pilots: Watch your air space!

Drones are more popular than ever. They can do some amazing things, but drones can be dangerous when they are used near power lines, wind turbines and substations. 

Flying too close to these areas may affect your drone’s signal. Contacting power lines could cause a power outage or damage your machine.

  1. Always keep your drone in sight so you can avoid hazards when flying.
  2. To control your drone, avoid dark and windy conditions.
  3. Be on the lookout for electrical hazards. Make sure you always fly more than 50 yards away from power lines, wind turbines and substations. 
  4. If your drone enters a substation or gets tangled in a line, do not attempt to retrieve it. Call us at 1-800-ALLIANT, and we will get it for you.