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.

October challenge: Build a laundry drying rack.

The laundry room is one of the biggest energy users in your home. Wash your laundry in cold water and build a laundry rack to air dry your clothes. These two steps will reduce energy use and extend the life of your clothes. 

Check out step-by-step instructions on how to build a drying rack. .pdf

Here are other DIY projects that can help you save even more.

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.

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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