Appliance Cycling

Keep your cool - and your cash!

When Midwestern summers bring 90-degree temperatures and high humidity levels, the huge demand for electricity puts a big strain on the energy system. With Alliant Energy's Appliance Cycling program, you can help us meet electricity needs during peak demand times.

Not only will you reduce your energy costs, we’ll compensate you for participating in the program. The amount of credit depends on the program option you sign up for.


How does Appliance Cycling work?

When you sign up for the program, we'll send a contractor to install a small, radio-activated control switch on or near your outdoor central air conditioner at no cost to you.

If the demand for electricity escalates to a critical point, a "system emergency" or "peak alert" is announced, and we'll turn on the radio signal that activates the switch on your air conditioner. The receiver will be activated to cycle the outdoor cooling unit according to the program option you elected.

The switch will cycle your air conditioner, while the furnace fan continues to circulate the cooler, drier air already in your home. You'll stay cool and comfortable. Your electric bill stays low and the environment can breathe a little easier.

The program runs from May to September, but dates vary in each state. Cycling events typically occur Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and never on weekends or holidays.

Do I qualify?

This program is available to all Iowa residential Alliant Energy electric customers that meet the following criteria:

  • You must own your home, have a central air conditioner and receive retail electric service from Alliant Energy.
  • Installation is only allowed at your primary residence.
  • Participation is limited — control receivers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Customers currently participating in the Alliant Energy Smart Hours thermostat program are not eligible to enroll in Appliance Cycling.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the Appliance Cycling online enrollment form or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).

Once you sign up, you will automatically receive the savings each summer. No need to sign up every year.

Rebates for your home

Take advantage of energy efficiency rebates for your home and save!

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