Our energy-efficiency partner, Focus on Energy, helps single-family homeowners, renters and property owners make energy-related improvements to their homes.
Energy experts recommend taking a comprehensive, whole-home approach when looking to boost comfort and keep your energy bills in check. Get started today with a home energy assessment.
Assessments give a clear road map of recommended improvements, cash incentives and expert guidance to help you use energy smarter and save up to 20% on your utility bill.
Other benefits include:
- Greater home comfort
- Improved indoor air quality
- Financial incentives
- Quality assurance
A home energy assessment is performed by a trained and certified Trade Ally contractor who will also look at health and safety issues that you may not otherwise consider.
Energy assessments typically range between $200 and $400. Final scope and cost often depend upon the age, size and condition of your home. If you qualify for incentives, the assessment fee is reduced to a $50 co-pay.
Find out more and get started today at focusonenergy.com.
Smell gas? Move fast.
If you suspect a leak, call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) immediately. We will investigate for free.
Individuals with a known inability to smell should consider purchasing a natural gas detector. Some people may not be able to smell the natural gas odor because it is being masked or hidden by other scents, such as cooking or chemical odors.
Olfactory fatigue is another reason people might not be able to smell a gas leak. This is the temporary inability to distinguish an odor after a prolonged exposure to it. In addition, certain conditions in pipes and soil can cause odor fade (which is loss of odorant) making it undetectable by smell.
Digging for an outside project? Follow these three rules:
- Call 811 before you dig. This is the national phone number that initiates the process of locating and marking the underground utility lines in your yard or at your job. Call 811 at least two business days before you dig.
- Wait the required time for utility lines to be marked. One Call Center personnel will notify us to mark the approximate locations of buried gas or electric lines with high-visibility safety paint and/or flags. There is no charge for this locating service.
- Respect the marks or flags and dig with care. When you start digging, stay at least 18 inches away from the marked lines. Hand dig with extreme caution if you must excavate within the safety tolerance zone.
Call 1-800-ALLIANT if your equipment or tools contact our underground pipelines or electrical lines. Even minor damage such as nicks, scratches, cuts, scrapes, dents and gouges can result in pipeline failure, electric shock or a major incident in the future if not properly assessed. If you hear blowing gas, which is a more serious problem, call 911 immediately from a safe location.
Signs of a gas leak
The unintentional release of gas is dangerous to you and the public and could result in fires, explosions, injury or death. Always use extreme caution near a gas leak and recognize the possible hazards:
- Smell the odor of rotten eggs. If you don’t know the scent, contact us for a free scratch-and-sniff card.
- Hear hissing or whistling sounds near a gas appliance, meter or pipeline.
- See blowing dirt, bubbling water or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area.
Suspect a gas leak?
What to do
- Make sure gas appliances are turned all the way off.
- Turn off and abandon machinery.
- Leave the area, and keep others away until we say it’s safe to return.
- Call 1-800-ALLIANT from a remote location.
- If you hear blowing gas, which is a more serious issue, evacuate to a remote location and call 911.
What not to do
- Don’t try to find, repair or extinguish a burning leak.
- Don’t move appliances or machinery.
- Don’t strike matches or create a flame/spark of any kind.
- Don’t use a telephone or cellphone until you are out of the area. (These can ignite gases or vapors.)
- Don’t turn on or off any light or electrical switches or use garage door openers. (These may also ignite airborne gases.)
Do you know where utility lines are buried in your yard?
Homeowners and contractors who don’t call 811 before they start digging or excavating are the leading cause of pipeline accidents.
A call to 811 will send a professional locator to your property to mark a natural gas pipe or other utility-owned lines in the ground. Locators will not mark privately owned fuel lines, like those running to a garage, pool or fireplace.
To learn more, visit call811.com, call Iowa One Call at 1-800-292-8989 or visit iowaonecall.com.
Annual statement of the Low Income Public Benefits programs
Home Energy Plus Programs helped families and individuals with limited incomes throughout the state of Wisconsin. Managed by the Department of Administration, the programs were delivered to eligible households through county human and social services agencies, community action agencies, tribal governments and other nonprofit organizations. The ultimate goal of all low-income energy programs was to improve the households’ energy self-sufficiency; that is, to provide services that help households meet their energy costs on an ongoing basis without sacrificing other necessities.
Assistance with electric bills
Electric Assistance is a one-time benefit payment made during the heating season (October 1 through May 15) to eligible households and is intended to pay a portion of a household’s electric costs. The amount of the benefit is dependent on the household income, size and electric costs incurred by the household. In most cases, the benefit payment is paid directly to the household energy supplier.
Crisis assistance was available to eligible state residents who were subject to a disconnection of their utility service or who were experiencing an emergency situation. Crisis assistance provided both emergency and proactive services. Emergency services helped during the heating season by making payments toward an electric bill, providing furnace repair/replacement or taking other actions that helped in a heating emergency.
Weatherization services helped reduce home energy costs by reducing home energy consumption. This made homes more comfortable – warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The reduction in consumption reduced the customer costs and reduced overall consumption, which benefited all customers. Common weatherization services included attic and side-wall insulation, reducing air leakage into and out of the home, heating system repair or replacement, refrigerator and freezer replacement, energy-efficient light bulbs and water-saving measures.
Are you eligible for energy assistance?
For more information on eligibility and how to apply for the Home Energy Plus Programs, please contact 1-866-432-8947 (1-866-HEATWIS) or visit the Home Energy Plus website at www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov.