Energy Saving Rebates Change for 2014

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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By Heather Hubbs

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- If you are looking to upgrade your home this year, you should be aware that some energy saving rebates are no longer available.

Every five years, Alliant Energy has to come out with a new energy efficiency plan, in which they outline the rebates they will offer to customers. Some rebate programs were discontinued for 2014, while new ones became available.

If were planning on buying a new energy efficient refrigerator, stove, or other appliance this year and were counting on a rebate, you are out of luck. Alliant is no longer offering rebates on appliances, mostly because nearly all appliances now on the market are energy efficient, so there's no point in offering incentives to encourage consumers to buy them.

One rebate program that is sticking around is for LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

According to Alliant, switching out 15 of your most used light fixtures to LED or CFL saves $50 a year on an average energy bill. You can get 50 percent off per bulb, up to $10, at participating retailers. That's an instant in store savings -- you don't have to mail in any forms to get your money back.

You can also save up to $10 on programmable thermostats, but the newest innovation this year is wi-fi programmable thermostats. They cost between $150 and $300, and Alliant is offering a $50 rebate.

"With the new wi-fi thermostat, they're really easy to use, easy to set, you can change temperatures and humidity anywhere at any time from your phone or computer," said Alliant spokesperson Heather Holms.

Other energy efficient rebates that are being offered include $300 off a tankless water heater and $125 off a whole house fan.

So while you can no longer get money back on appliances, there are other ways to save money for making your home more energy efficient -- and save on your energy bills.

For all rebates you'll want to be sure to save the UPC label and receipt, then fill out the rebate form available on Alliant's website.

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