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When schedules are busy, cross this off your to-do list: paying the utility bill. Sign up for Automatic Payment, and your bill will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the due date each month. Visit alliantenergy.com/automaticpayment to enroll and make your holidays a little less hectic. 

Understanding winter heating costs

The majority of your natural gas bill reflects the amount you use. The rate for natural gas stays constant all year long.

For electricity, the rate you pay in the winter is less than in the summer. Rates in the summer are higher to reflect the increased electricity demand.
From September 17 to June 15: 

  • The first 500 kilowatt hours are billed at roughly $0.09/kWh.
  • The next 700 kilowatt hours are billed at roughly $0.07/kWh.
  • All use over 1,200 kilowatt hours is billed at roughly $0.04/kWh.

This means that larger volumes of electricity use cost less in winter. That’s similar to how buying items in bulk at the grocery store lowers your cost per item.

In summer months (June 16 to September 16), all use is billed at roughly $0.11/kWh. High energy users will see a bigger difference in their bills between summer and winter. This reflects the increased demand and cost to build more infrastructure to serve customers when temperatures are high and customers are using more energy. 

For a more detailed breakdown of the items on your bill, visit us at alliantenergy.com/understandyourbill.

Think ahead before winter snow and ice storms hit

Before the storm  

  • Know where your main breaker disconnect is.
  • Unplug sensitive electrical equipment.
  • Inspect any alternative energy sources such as generators to make sure they are working safely.

During the storm

  • Report your outage to us at 1-800-ALLIANT, through our Mobile App or alliantenergy.com/outage.
  • Don’t use candles for lighting. The risk of fire is too great.
  • Unplug as many appliances as possible. This will prevent damage from a power surge when power is restored.
  • If outside, don’t allow anyone to touch or drive over a power line. Always assume a downed line is dangerous, even if it’s not jumping or sparking.
           

After the storm

  • If you have unplugged appliances, it’s safe to plug them back in once power has been restored. Do them one by one to avoid overloading a circuit.
  • Check the area for downed lines, especially when clearing broken tree branches. If you see one, assume it is dangerous and contact us immediately at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).