Local and government utility companies offer several rebates and incentives to their customers. If aspects of your home meet certain requirements for energy efficiency, you may be able to earn cash-back rewards. There are rebates for a large number of items in different areas around the home. Continue reading to find out more about rebates and how you can upgrade your home to qualify for these energy efficiency rewards.
Energy Efficient Rebates in Iowa
Alliant Energy Interstate Power and Light (Electric) – Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (Iowa)
Alliant Energy offers rebates and incentives for Iowa homeowners, renters, and landlords. These cash-back rewards are given for energy-efficient equipment in both residential and commercial properties. The equipment must reach certain standards of energy efficiency and be Energy Star certified. The Appliance Awards and the Replacement Doors and Windows Programs offer rebates for a variety of appliances, as well as a $25 rebate for windows and $25-$50 for doors. Customers may also be eligible for the Insulation Incentive and receive a rebate of up to $750 for qualifying insulation. See the DSIRE program website for specifics on how to qualify for these rebates.
Alliant Energy Interstate Power and Light (Gas) – Residential Energy Efficiency Program
Alliant Energy offers rebates for Iowa customers who upgrade to energy efficient appliances in their homes. Rebates are available for insulation, heating, and building envelope measures, to name a few. There are also rebates for energy efficient sliding doors and windows that meet installation and efficiency requirements. Landlords and renters of multi-family homes can also qualify. The ceiling, foundation, and wall Insulation rebates reimburse 70% of the total installation cost up to $750. Caulking and weatherstripping can redeem 70% of the total installation cost up to $200.
Other rebates you may want to look into on Energy.gov include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Black Hills Energy (Gas) – Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs
- Black Hills Energy (Gas) – Residential New Construction Rebate Program
- Farmers Electric Cooperative (Kalona) – Residential Efficiency Matching Grant Program
- Find more here.
What If My Home Doesn't Qualify for Rebates?
If you don’t qualify for any of the rebates listed, you may qualify for others. If not, then your home may not be as energy efficient as it could be. There are several things you can do to make your home more energy efficient and save money.
To upgrade your home's energy efficiency, the first step is to choose a qualified, professional home performance contractor to work with you. Check out our post, Checklist for Your Roofing Contractor. While these questions are specific to roofing, similar questions can be asked of any contractor doing work on your home. Also look for a company with workers who carry national Home Energy Professional Certifications. If you go through these steps when choosing your contractor, you can rest assured that you’re getting a professional who will get the work done properly.
After hiring a trustworthy contractor, the next step is to get a thorough home energy audit. An energy auditor will come out to your home with special equipment to determine where air is leaking throughout your home. They also should test for gas leaks, lead, and carbon monoxide.
After the tests, your home evaluator should be able to tell you where your home could benefit from improvements and upgrades. Some common areas that often need to be updated include
- Air sealing
- Installing a programmable thermostat for your heating system
- Resetting your water heater’s thermostat
- Replacing refrigerators and/or freezers
- Replacing water heaters and/or furnaces
- Installing energy efficient windows
- Installing attic and wall insulation
Hedrick Construction, serving the Huxley and Ankeny areas, can help you get your home on track by equipping you with the insulation, weatherization, windows, and roofing products you need to increase its energy efficiency. We have a variety of Energy Star certified windows, skylights, and sliding doors available, as well as high quality, durable blown in insulation, weatherproofing, roofing, and siding materials to seal the envelope of your home and create a comfortable space for your family.