Pete Seyfer and Megan Turner, hosts of Alliant Energy's PowerHouse

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.
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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:

Popular topics

101 easy ways to save energy

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Find quick, simple things you can do around the home to reduce your energy consumption.

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Power surges — cause and effect

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Lightning strikes may trigger a power surge, but most are caused by conditions within your home.

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Portable generators and space heaters

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Portable heaters and generators are convenient, but use them with extreme caution.

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Insulation tips & tricks

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Don't overlook these important elements when you upgrade your insulation.

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Space heating myths

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Space heaters are not the best way to heat your home. Find out why.

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Windows and doors

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Learn how to find the most energy-efficient models, or tighten up the ones you have.

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Pete and Megan, hosts of PowerHouse

Meet our hosts and find out when PowerHouse airs in your area.

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Upcoming show

October 2, 2021

Segment 1
Furnace fundamentals

Segment 2
Furnace maintenance

Segment 3
Natural gas safety

Segment 4
Furnace myths