Monthly Archives: July 2016

Alliant Energy activates cycling program in response to today’s heat


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 21, 2016 – You’re going to save money on cooling your home if you’ve enrolled in our Appliance Cycling program.

Because of the heat in Iowa, we will remotely control air conditioners and electric water heaters.  This will affect participating customers south of Highway 20 and north of Interstate 80.

Participants will see their air conditioner cycled in 15-minute intervals throughout the afternoon. The furnace fan will continue to circulate the cooler, drier air already in the home.

The program reduces overall energy use, which lowers costs for customers. We activate the program in different parts of the state depending on the forecasted temperature for that area.

Program details:

Who – This is a voluntary program for Alliant Energy’s Iowa residential customers.

When – The cycling goes from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 21, 2016.

Why – We reduce costs to customers by lowering overall energy usage.

How – Our program syncs up air conditioners across the state to reduce the number running at one time. In industry terms, this reduces peak demand, and reduces the need to purchase higher-priced energy because of high demand.

Participating residential customers across the state get up to $10 per month from June through September – even if it doesn’t get warm enough to cycle appliances.

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