Resources for Sustainable Living
If you are an Alliant Energy customer, consider signing up for the Time of Day Pricing Program. This program helps customers reduce their electric bills by choosing off-peak hours to perform their electricity heavy chores, such as water heating, space heating, air conditioning, washing clothes and running the dishwasher.
In the market for a new home? Opt for one with passive solar features or one that has possibilities for home improvements with energy savings in mind.
Determine if your city has a program you can participate in to help reduce the demand for power in prime times of the day, especially during the summer.
There are many ways to make more conservative energy choices. The U.S. Department of Energy maintains a very helpful website of different ways to reduce your energy usage. Check it out!
Visit MidAmerican Energy online (www.midamericanenergy.com/homeaudit) and complete a home energy audit. Compare your home with similar homes in your area. You will also receive recommendations that can make your home more energy-efficient.
We throw around the term "carbon footprint" quite frequently, but what exactly is it? A carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of greenhouse gasses produced by human activities in units of carbon dioxide. It includes direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels (through transportation and energy consumption) and indirect CO2 emissions from the manufacture and breakdown of a variety of products. A carbon footprint conceptualizes the human contribution to climate change.
Fun fact: An improperly-installed furnace can be 30% less efficient than one that is properly-installed!