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Alliant Energy practices energy efficiency

We recently shared energy-saving tips like switching to LED bulbs and adjusting your home’s thermostat as part of Energy Efficiency Day. These changes may seem like small drops in the large energy use pond, but when we practice these tools together, we can make a huge difference to help save our planet.  

Like many businesses, Alliant Energy also practices energy efficiency every day. We installed LEDs and automatic heating and cooling systems at our facilities across Iowa and Wisconsin to use energy in a smart way. Improvements to lighting technology like motion sensors, daylight harvesting and programmable fixtures also help reduce our energy consumption. 

If you visit or live near downtown Cedar Rapids, you’ve likely seen the many shades of our Tower. Each night, multi-colored LED bulbs light up the Tower in recognition of various holidays, community events and social causes throughout the year. We use LED bulbs for the Tower because even in our efforts to embrace respect, diversity and the communities we serve, we always want to be mindful of our commitment to energy efficiency. 

Switching to more energy-efficient products isn’t always the cheapest option initially, but it saves money over time. The cost of LED bulbs, smart thermostats, efficient showerheads, advanced power strips and other items adds up quickly if you replace them all at once. If you’re looking to make the switch, start small, with a couple of efficiency upgrades at a time. Many utility companies, including Alliant Energy, offer these products at discounted prices. Check out our Iowa Alliant Energy(R) Marketplace and Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Marketplace for details.  

We all have a part to play in our collective energy conservation, and these tips, programs and examples help us practice a more sustainable lifestyle. 
Grant Barton is a Communications Partner with a passion for sustainability and eco-friendly city planning. He has a diverse background in engineering, politics and international communications and hopes to apply this experience when writing and breaking down complex topics related to Alliant Energy's Clean Energy Future plans.

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