Welcome to PowerHouse!
Alliant Energy's PowerHouse is an award-winning educational program designed to help you improve the energy efficiency, safety and comfort of your home.
Take the PowerHouse Challenge!
Every month you can take part in an energy-efficient home improvement challenge. These challenges will include seasonal topics to help you save on your energy bill all year long.
September challenge: Open the registers in your home.
Keep all air registers and returns open in your home. A forced air furnace is designed to move a specific amount of air for the entire home, even spaces you don’t often use. Closing registers in unused rooms will actually decrease the system’s efficiency. It will cause drafts and cold spots. Keep the returns open to distribute cold air back into the system to heat.
Here are a few other ways to keep your furnace running efficiently.
August challenge: Time your showers
The average shower takes around eight minutes. Cutting your shower from eight to five or fewer minutes can save thousands of gallons of water and lots of energy over the course of the year. Grab a timer and take the challenge to time your shower today.
Here’s another way to save water and energy:
101 easy ways to save energy
Find quick, simple things you can do around the home to reduce your energy consumption.
Power surges — cause and effect
Lightning strikes may trigger a power surge, but most are caused by conditions within your home.
Portable generators and space heaters
Portable heaters and generators are convenient, but use them with extreme caution.
Insulation tips & tricks
Don't overlook these important elements when you upgrade your insulation.
Space heating myths
Space heaters are not the best way to heat your home. Find out why.
Windows and doors
Learn how to find the most energy-efficient models, or tighten up the ones you have.
Show times and more
Meet our hosts and find out when PowerHouse airs in your area.
October 2, 2021
Natural gas safety
Explore energy-efficient living