Due to the heat, Alliant Energy has announced they will cycle the air conditioners of about 50,000 customers taking part in the Appliance Cycling program on Monday.
Air conditioners will be cycled in 15-minute intervals between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday. Alliant Energy says this helps to reduce overall energy usage.
Residents who have opted into the program are paid $8 per month by Alliant Energy during the months of June through September, whether the air conditioner is cycled or not.
Alliant places a small control switch on the air conditioner. That switch receives a signal from Alliant to turn off the outdoor cooling unit every 15 minutes. The furnace fan continues to run to circulate the cooler, drier air that is already in the house.
A similar program for electric water heaters is also included in Monday’s event. Customers in that program get $2 per month from Alliant during the same June through September period.
Alliant Energy does not do appliance cycling on weekends or holidays.
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