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Raise your thermostat, cut your costs

True or False?Set thermostat

When it comes to air conditioning costs, it takes more energy to cool your home back down after using a setback thermostat than it would have taken to maintain a cool temperature all along.

The answer? False!

As heat advisories are issued across our service area, it’s important to know the facts.

The fact is it takes a lot more energy to keep your home cool all day than to cool it back down when you get home from work.

When you raise the temperature on your thermostat on a hot summer day, the air conditioning uses less electricity over that eight-hour period.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 88 F while you’re away. The higher interior temperature actually slows the flow of heat into your home, so it won’t take as much energy to cool things back down as you think when you return home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL4U3EY1VmQ#action=share

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In a study of cooling costs by Powerley, people who raised their thermostat:

  • 1 degree used 2.4% less energy
  • 2 degrees used 4.5% less energy
  • 10 degrees used 16.6% less energy

During the workweek, people can save between $0.57 and $4.02 with an air conditioning setback.* From June to the end of September, the savings vary between $16.40 to $68.35

Actual energy savings vary based on the physical characteristics of the home, its size, insulation, thermostat settings and HVAC efficiency, as well as local weather conditions.

*Analysis courtesy of Powerley. Prices calculated based on the average cost of kWh across the United States, which, as of 2019, was $0.12.

 

 

Be cool, control costs

Hotter temperatures and high humidity do not have to mean discomfort. Stay cool while managing your costs.hot-sun-cooling

Stay cool:

  • Close the shades – Keep your living space cooler by keeping the sun’s heat out.
  • Close the doors to unused rooms – Only cool the spaces you use.
  • Use your oven less – It can cause your AC to work overtime. Slow cookers, microwaves, pressure cookers and toaster ovens create less heat.
  • Use cold water – Take colder showers, wash clothes in cold water and check to make sure your water heater is set at 120 degrees.
  • Use bathroom fans and kitchen fans – both pull the hot air that rises after you cook or take a steamy shower out of your home.

Stay in control of costs:

  • Get a smart thermostat –Talk with your family about setting it to 78 degrees when you are home, as high as comfortable at night and off while you are away.
  • Clean or change your AC air filters – Your air handler will not have to work hard pushing air through a clogged filter, and that saves energy. Your air quality will also improve.
  • Get an AC tune-up – Have a professional contractor tune up your AC unit to keep it performing at its best.
  • Replace old incandescent light bulbs They waste most of their energy in the heat they emit. Use LED bulbs—they stay cool and use a fraction of the energy, so you’ll save money year round.
  • Control gadget use – Electronics that are off but plugged in are still using power. Smart power strips can reduce your electric bill by shutting off power to devices that go into standby mode. Some of them also have a few “always on” outlets for things that need them, like an alarm system.

Keep in mind:

  • Hotter temperatures mean air conditioners are working harder to keep our homes cool – the larger the gap between the outside temp and your desired in-home temp, the harder your AC needs to work.
  • High humidity makes it feel even warmer than the given temperature.
  • When major appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are not functioning well, they can use substantial amounts of electricity.
  • Pool pumps and heaters can use a lot of energy depending on how frequently they run.
  • School’s out! More time may be spent at home during the summer months with appliances, electronics and lights being used throughout the day.

 

Alliant Energy’s community support totals $7.4 million in 2018

We supported causes benefiting local families, education and the environment through $7.4 million in charitable giving last year. Support was funded from across the company, including the Alliant Energy Foundation and corporate giving, as well as employees and2-Girls-Walking retirees.

“We are pleased to support our communities by investing in causes that align with our core values,” said Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy’s Chairman and CEO. “When families and communities are stronger, we all benefit.”

Our giving centers on three focus areas: families, education and the environment, as well as general community support.

Helping Families

Providing nutritious food and safe shelter are priorities for Alliant Energy. We gave $975,000 to many programs assisting families, including $611,300 to support food banks, pantries and nutrition programs. Our annual Drive Out Hunger event proceeds provided over 1.5 million meals in Iowa and Wisconsin; a Community Grant to the Elderbridge Agency helped deliver meals to congregate sites and Meals on Wheels in the Spirit Lake, Iowa area.

Education

Through education initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering and math, we’re supporting programs that shine a light on pathways to success for students and adults. With more than $713,000 donated to education-based projects, visitors to the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, Janesville Library and many other sites have greater access to the building blocks of innovation shaping the world around them.

Environment

In 2018, we provided $764,000 to support a variety of environmental efforts, including nearly $80,000 for education programs to shape the hearts and habits of tomorrow’s decision-makers. A grant to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium supported exhibits that will provide conservation education and convey the importance of coral reefs, the most diverse of all marine ecosystems, and the global threats they face.

Community Support

We provided $2.8 million to support additional programs and events serving the cities, towns and villages we call home. This included:

  • Hometown Care: Everyone needs a warm place to sleep. Last year, our Hometown Care program provided $2 million to help low-income families to assist with heating bills.
  • Public Safety: Our communities are safer places to live work and work thanks to nearly $91,000 helping police, fire and ambulances services get the safety gear and life-saving equipment they need. Firefighters, like those in Charlotte, Iowa, and Mineral Point, Wisconsin, replaced worn out protective gear for those serving on the front lines of an emergency.

In addition, our employees and retirees gave $1.15 million to United Way organizations, food pantries, disaster relief efforts, education initiatives, environmental programs and other meaningful causes in their communities. Alliant Energy and its Foundation supported employee giving by providing an additional $1 million, bolstering support for these organizations.

“At the end of the day, we look to the organizations that are the center of positive change in the communities we serve,” said Julie Bauer, director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “It’s our privilege to support these organizations and be a small part of the meaningful programs they deliver to our customers across Iowa and Wisconsin.”

Alliant Energy Chairman and CEO Patricia L. Kampling announces retirement

Pat Kampling 2016Alliant Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Kampling announced her intent to retire from the company effective July 1, 2019. Kampling has been with Alliant Energy since 2005 and has served as Chairman and CEO since 2012.

The Board of Directors appointed Alliant Energy President and Chief Operating Officer John O. Larsen to succeed Kampling. Larsen was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors effective February 13, 2019. He will become Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Alliant Energy, effective July 1, 2019. John Larsen

“Pat Kampling has done an outstanding job of transforming the company and setting a new vision to move us into the future,” said Dean Oestreich, lead independent director of Alliant Energy’s board. “John Larsen’s leadership in developing and executing our strategy will continue to position the company for long-term success.”

John joined the company in 1988 as an electrical engineer after receiving his degree at the University of North Dakota. Over his career at Alliant Energy, he held leadership roles in engineering, energy delivery and generation operations of the company. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President. In 2010, John was named Senior Vice President – Generation. At that time, he also became President of Wisconsin Power and Light Company.

In 2015, John stepped into a new expansive role: leading our efforts related to technology, development, generation construction, economic development, customer service and account management.

In recognition of his leadership, in 2017 John was named President of Alliant Energy. As President, John had critical responsibilities – including leading the Technology and Strategic Planning functions – to help Alliant Energy respond more rapidly to opportunities and deliver greater value to customers. In 2018, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Alliant Energy and Chief Executive Officer of Alliant Energy’s two utility companies.

“Pat has been both visionary and pragmatic in her leadership of our company. It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside and learn from her over the past seven years in her role as CEO,” said Larsen. “As we look ahead, our focus remains on our customers and developing new products, services and markets to help them power beyond the challenges of today while powering what’s next in energy solutions.”

Alliant Energy again gives $2 million to Hometown Care Energy Fund

Nearly 5,000 Wisconsin and Iowa households got help staying warm last heating season.Warm Home

During the last heating season, nearly 5,000 Wisconsin and Iowa households received help with their energy costs thanks to shareowners, customers, employees and retirees of Alliant Energy.

Our cold Midwest winters place an additional burden on limited-income families. We are again contributing $2 million to the Hometown Care Energy Fund, which helps income-eligible customers across our service area with heating costs.

Alliant Energy employees, retirees and customers contributed an additional $245,000 during the last heating season.

“We recognize the impacts our winters have on our customers,” said Linda Mattes, Alliant Energy vice president of customer operations. “Our customers, employees, retirees and shareholders come together in offering Hometown Care contributions so our friends and neighbors can stay warm.”

Funds are distributed to customers by community action agencies in Iowa and by Energy Services Inc.’s Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund in Wisconsin.

Income-eligible Alliant Energy customers can apply for funding as follows:

The contributions by Alliant Energy’s shareowners are not included in the rates charged to our customers.

Manage your heating costs

Your furnace works harder in winter, which can mean a surprise in your heating bill. Don’t let a high winter heating bill shock your family’s budget.

Take these steps to reduce and manage your heating costs.

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Sign up for Budget Billing

Take the shock out of heating bills. When you sign up for Budget Billing, you’ll pay a fixed bill every month based on your prior average energy costs. This helps you plan your monthly budget. True-ups to your actual energy use happen every six months. Sign up online or by calling us.

Open the shades, dial the temperature back

  • Let the sun shine in during the day by opening shades, blinds and drapes. Close them at night to help retain heat.
  • Turn your thermostat down at night and when you’re away. You can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit from its normal setting for eight hours a day.
  • Turn fans off. Kitchen and bath-ventilating fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if left on. Turn them off after they’ve done their job.
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Apply for financial help with heating bill

Households with income at or below 60% of the state median income may be eligible for energy assistance. For example, a family of four may qualify if they earn:

  • up to $43,925 per year in Iowa
  • up to $52,846 per year in Wisconsin

To apply:

 

Alliant Energy Transportation and Business Transportation Solutions agree to sale terms

Alliant Energy Transportation (AET), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., has entered into a purchase agreement with Business Transportation Solutions (BTS) located in Stoughton, Wis. The freight-management company opened in 2002 and has 12 employees.

Pictured from left to right: BTS General Manager Jean Stacey, Angie Halverson, BTS President Mark Halverson, President Alliant Energy Transportation (AET) Kevin Burke, AET Director of Business Development and Marketing Jeff Woods, AET Chief Operating Officer Lisha Coffey.

The purchase follows AET’s recent acquisition of Hybrid Transit Solutions (Hybrid) in Cedar Rapids. The addition of Hybrid and BTS are a key part of AET’s strategic growth plan to provide industry-leading customized supply chain solutions for our customers.

Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, AET has long operated two successful companies: the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway, and IEI Barge Services in East Dubuque, Ill.

AET President, Kevin Burke, says the time is right to take advantage of the synergies created by AET’s existing and new services. “BTS opens doors to new markets in Wisconsin and beyond. They have an exceptional reputation and we’re excited to utilize their expertise as we offer customers expanded supply chain solutions,” said Burke.

BTS President, Mark Halverson, explains how the opportunity is a smart strategy for both companies. “With the strength of the Alliant Energy Transportation name behind us, this collaboration will bring positive opportunities for our employees and customers. We look forward to this partnership.”

Closing is anticipated within the next 90 days. No Alliant Energy utility customer dollars are being used for this sale.