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Did you notice it getting a little warmer in the house, even with the air conditioner still on? It could be because Alliant Energy is cycling units on and off this week due to the heat. Customers across Iowa that enrolled in the Appliance Cycling program will have their air conditioner cycled to fan in 15-minute intervals to reduce overall energy usage from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Participating residential customers agreed to have a small control switch placed on or near their central air conditioner. Whenever there's a need to reduce demand, the company sends a signal in targeted areas. The control switch will cycle the outdoor cooling unit off and on every 15 minutes. During that time, the furnace fan will continue to circulate air inside the home.

Alliant Energy pays each participating residential customer $8 per month from June through September - whether the air conditioner is cycled or not. There is a similar program for electric water heaters.

MidAmerican Energy also offers a cycling program.

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