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Energy prices may ease in Southern Wisconsin

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GINA R. HEINE
October 15, 2007
— If youíre like I am, youíre holding out as long as you can before flipping on the furnace.

Youíre getting out extra blankets and pulling on another sweatshirt, trying to get near November before you cave.


But this year natural gas prices might fall, according to Alliant Energy. Gas in storage is expected to approach an all-time high, and that could reduce prices because there is little room to store natural gas being produced.


Meanwhile, here are four things Alliant Energy suggests you do now to save on home heating costs:


- Get a furnace check-up. Call a qualified heating/cooling contractor to have your furnace checked. Technicians will be sure your furnace is running safely and efficiently. Call for an appointment now because the waiting list for this service grows as the weather cools.


- Call for a home energy audit. Alliant Energy and other utilities offer a free home energy audit program. An expert will come to your home and help you improve its energy efficiency. The technician will make small improvements while there and coach you on additional do-it-yourself projects that can help reduce your energy bills.


- Weatherize your home. There are a number of simple do-it-yourself projects that wonít cost much money or time. Caulking, weather stripping, window plastic and other simple improvements could bring noticeable savings.


- Buy energy efficient items. If itís time for new heating equipment, ask your dealer about rebates for buying EnergyStar-rated, high-efficiency furnaces. Even if youíre not replacing equipment, you can install a programmable thermostat. EnergyStar-rated programmable thermostats are eligible for a $25 rebate from Alliant Energy.



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