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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Beat the heat with these energy rebates

Saving energy isn’t just good for the earth—it’s good for your wallet.

Looking for ways to make your home greener this summer? You might be eligible for rebates on products and services that help your home beat the heat more efficiently.

“We offer a lot of energy efficiency rebates,” says Alliant Energy spokesman Mike Wagner. “They don’t cover the entire cost of the project, but if you apply the rebate it can make things more affordable.”

Before you make your next energy-efficient purchase, review the rebates your energy provider offers. Here’s a look at some of the summer-friendly rebates Alliant Energy provides to its customers:

Learning thermostat

Learning thermostats help you manage your cooling (and heating) efficiency by communicating with your cell phone. The devices learn from your usage and adjust the temperature in your home based on your needs and habits.

“It starts to gauge your behavior when you’re in the house and not in the house and starts to adjust your home’s temperature accordingly,” Wagner says.

Alliant offers a $75 rebate toward the purchase of a learning thermostat.

Cooling tuneup

When you have your air conditioner regularly cleaned and serviced, it helps the equipment run more efficiently and last longer—ultimately saving you money on your utility bills and replacement costs.

Alliant offers its eligible customers a rebate of up to $50 to have this home maintenance task completed.

Central air conditioner

If you must replace your central air conditioner, find out whether the purchase qualifies for a rebate. Alliant customers can receive up to $650 when upgrading a central air conditioner.

“Those systems can get expensive, so it’s a great rebate to help defray that cost,” Wagner says.

Appliance recycling

If spring cleaning didn’t happen at your home, there’s still time to tackle the chore. And you might be able to get some cash out of the deal.

Alliant offers its customers $50 for old, working refrigerators or freezers and $25 for old, working room air conditioners. The appliances get picked up from your home.

“A lot of people don’t like to throw away that refrigerator. They magically turn into a beer or soda fridge in the garage,” Wagner says. “If you keep those working appliances around, you’re looking at adding a potential $115 to your annual energy bill.”

Energy assessment

A home energy assessment shows where your energy dollars are going and offers suggestions on how you can save energy and money.

Alliant offers a free basic assessment and a comprehensive assessment for $100 (the money is refundable after two qualifying projects).

“If you can’t take advantage of it this summer, it’s a great thing to do leading into the fall and winter months as well,” Wagner says.

By Emily Kittle

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