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Cooling Tips

Hot Summer & High Cooling Bills

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Tips for managing your bill and your cooling costs

A long, hot and humid summer means your air conditioning is working harder to keep your home cool. That increased electricity usage leads to higher than normal electricity bills. We can help you manage your bill and stay comfortable all summer long.
• Save money with these easy cooling tips
• Set up a payment arrangement if you’re having trouble making ends meet.
Billing and payment options can help you even out your bill amount with Budget Billing and find easy payment options to keep your account up-to-date.
• Learn how Alliant Energy works to prevent outages during high usage months.



Cooling tips

There are many easy ways to cut your cooling costs with some simple fixes around the house. Most are no-cost or low-cost. Try these six easy summer energy-savers to keep your cool - and your cash:Raise the thermostat to about 78 to 80 degrees whenever you go to bed or leave the house. A programmable thermostat will do this for you automatically.

  • During late afternoon and early evening, turn off unnecessary lights and wait to use heat-producing appliances. It's also a good idea to shade south- and west- facing windows during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout the house , and make sure your attic is properly ventilated. A ceiling fan should run clockwise during the summer and counter-clockwise during the winter.
  • Set the fan on your central air conditioner to "on" rather than "auto." This will circulate air continuously, keeping the temperature more even throughout the house and aiding in dehumidification.
  • Make sure your window air conditioner is the proper size . It's better to get one that's too small than too large - a larger unit will start up and turn off more frequently and won't do as good a job dehumidifying the air.

For more tips on cooling your home, visit our PowerHouse TV webpage: PowerHouse: Cooling Your Home.


Need help keeping on top of your bill? We have a number of free programs that can take some of the worry out of bill paying.

Payment Arrangements and Extensions

If your bill is past due or you're having trouble making ends meet, we can work with you on a payment arrangement. We can help you with a manageable payment amount and schedule. We will consider such factors as:
• Your ability to pay
• The size of your past due bill
• How long your bill has been past due
• Your payment history
• Reasons your bill is past due

Another option is a payment extension. Sometimes it’s just a matter of too many bills coming due at the same time. Call us and we can arrange to give you some extra time to pay your Alliant Energy bill in full.

Call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) to speak to a Customer Service Representative about setting up a payment arrangement or extension.



Billing and payment options

Budget Billing
Spread your cooling costs over the entire year. To determine the amount you’ll pay each month, we look at 12 months of your bills and calculate the average. You pay that amount every month instead of worrying about unexpectedly high bills.

Paperless Billing
Instead of receiving a paper bill, we send you an email letting you know when your bill is ready to view online. You can also pay your bill online with just a few clicks.

Automatic Payment
Have your utility bill automatically deducted from your bank account each month. No more writing checks, buying stamps and rushing to the mailbox. Your payment is on-time every month.

Instant Payment Options
Pay online
or through our automated phone system. Call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) to make a payment by phone.

Western Union® also offers several ways to pay your bill. Note: Western Union charges a transaction fee for this service.
Western Union® Speedpay®
For a fee you can make a one-time or recurring payment with your credit card, debit card or bank account.
Western Union® Convenience Pay®
For a $1.00 fee, pay your utility bill with cash, check or money order from an agent location near you.


Additional Information:

PowerHouse: Cooling Your Home

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