Save energy and money with program for Dubuque area small businesses

Ben Graham of Graham Style StoreDUBUQUE, Iowa –Energy experts with Alliant Energy will be in Dubuque over the next few weeks conducting free energy assessments ($500 value) for small business customers.

A trained energy professional will visit businesses to evaluate the building’s shell, heating and cooling system, insulation and lighting. Installation of free energy-saving products like compact fluorescent light bulbs and programmable thermostats will be included. Following the assessment, each business will receive a report which summarizes the building’s energy performance and recommendations for improvements. Information about Alliant Energy rebates will also be included to help offset the cost of making efficiency upgrades.

As a bonus, businesses may also qualify for Alliant Energy’s Small Business Energy Solutions program.

This turnkey-lighting program pays up to 75% of the total project costs. This simple, streamlined process is designed to work within the busy schedules of small business owners.

Local business owner Ben Graham of Graham’s Style Store recently completed an energy assessment and lighting upgrade through Alliant Energy’s small business programs. The work was honored at the 2015 Main Street Iowa Awards, winning the best interior rehabilitation category.

“Alliant Energy helped us choose lighting that would make our customers and clothing look show-room ready, while saving us money on energy bills,” Graham said. “They projected expected energy and cost savings and provided a significant financial rebate that made it a no-brainer to install the most efficient, highest quality lighting.”

To qualify for these programs, businesses must receive utility service from Alliant Energy, have annual billing of less than $50,000 and occupy less than 20,000 square feet. If the building is leased, property owner approval is required. Businesses may visit alliantenergy.com/startsaving or call                           1-888-267-7516 to schedule an energy assessment.

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