How does Budget Billing work?

We review your average energy costs over the past 12 months. We’ll then bill you that amount each month – so you’ll know in advance the amount due. We will review your usage every six months and adjust your bill to match your energy usage.

What if I use more or less energy than I paid for?

If your energy use differs greatly from your budgeted amount, we’ll adjust your future bills accordingly.

  • If you used more energy than you paid for after six months, the amount you owe will be divided by 12 and added to your new budget bill amount due.
  • If you used less energy than what you paid for, we'll owe you and the budget bill amount due will be adjusted.

If you just moved, we can help you estimate a Budget Billing monthly amount – or you can wait to establish a usage history before enrolling.

Who is eligible?

Iowa customers
Budget Billing is open to residential, rural or small non-residential general service customers whose consumption is less than 3,000 kWh (electric) per month and/or less than 250 therms (gas) per month. If you’re not sure about your usage, view it in My Account.

Wisconsin customers
Budget Billing is open to residential customers and commercial accounts that provide residential living, such as apartment buildings.

I want to pay the same each month, how do I enroll in Budget Billing?

Enroll Now via My Account

Or call us at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268). We’re available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Terms and conditions of participation

Participants are required to pay their budget amount in full every month, or they may be removed from the Budget Billing program. The monthly budget amount is the amount customers should pay each month. Payments made in excess of the monthly budget amount will be applied to the actual billed usage amounts due.

Monthly budget amounts will be reviewed every six months. Adjustments may be made if the calculated new monthly bill payment changes by plus or minus 10% from the current monthly budget payment.

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