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Energy management system for your home
Energy management system for your home
A high tech control panel allows you to control your thermostat and lights through the touch of a button. It also connects with your computer and phone.
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In some ways building a new house hasn't changed much over the last 100 years. Some builders are changing the way a home is constructed to make sure the house performs efficiently. Learn about those changes from a builder who is using some of these techniques.
Ask Powerhouse
Take a look at questions frequently asked by PowerHouse viewers
Ask Powerhouse
Get answers to questions PowerHouse viewers are asking Pete & Megan
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See how a blower door can provide information to help you pinpoint air leaks throughout your house.
Cleaning up after a natural disaster
Things to think about before starting rebuilding after a natural disaster.
Decoding building requirements
Learn about some of the changes for new homes built today. Bill McAnally will walk us through a new home and highlight some of the things to look for and consider when building a new home.
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Thinking about getting an electric vehicle (EV?) Learn the differences between level 1 and level 2 home chargers.
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Man caves in the basement, garage or other parts of your house are becoming popular. These rooms typically use a lot of energy. Tour one man's "man cave" in his garage and learn ways to save energy.
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Look around your garage. You probably have appliances, battery chargers, and all sorts of electrical devices that could be adding up to a lot of money and energy wasted.
Energy efficient gift giving
Gift suggestions for the energy-minded recipients on your gift list
Energy management system for your home
A high tech control panel allows you to control your thermostat and lights through the touch of a button. It also connects with your computer and phone.
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What is an energy management system and how can it help you save energy? PowerHouse TV's Pete and Megan have some helpful hints to help you select the best one for your house.
Finding an energy-smart builder
Are you thinking about building a home? Before you get started, learn what you should ask when looking for a builder to make sure your house is built with energy-efficiency in mind.
Flip one switch and turn off everything
Don't leave your home's lights and electronics on anymore. One simple switch that turns off everything at once.
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If you have kids, you probably have at least one video game system in your home. There are settings in today's gaming systems that can save you dollars on your energy bill.
Growing Older in Your Home
We're all getting older, right? There are some things you can put in your home that can make growing older easier, safer and more comfortable. Check out some of the products available today.

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides simple, sturdy homes. Learn how energy efficiency is a key factor in building these homes.
Home Energy Rating System (HERS)
Home Energy Rating System or HERS is a way to measure and verify the efficiency of a home. Learn how an energy rating of a home is created and tested when we talk to a HERS rater.
Home automation
Lights, music, temperature -- all controlled with the touch of a button.
Home energy assessment
Extensive testing on a home including a blower door test, can pinpoint air leaks around your house.
Home energy audit
An energy auditor walks through a house to identify simple improvements that can save energy.
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Many of us are conditioned to leave our home computers on 24/7. That can waste energy and money. Here are a few simple tips to reduce energy usage in the home office.
Home theatre
Find out what it takes to recreate the big screen experience at home
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Quick and inexpensive projects to help you cut your energy bills fast. $50 gets you started.
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We use a high-tech camera to find the leaks around your house.
Interview with Steve Thomas
Learn about Steve Thomas' philosophy of building green and the 5 Rings of Green.
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Terry uses smart technology in his lake house, which has had financial benefits as well as peace-of-mind benefits.
Maintenance around the house
Tackle the basic steps to keep your home running at peak energy efficiency.
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Have you heard the myth that it is possible to make your home too tight? Find out how you can seal up all the air leaks and keep your home safe at the same time.
Making your home more comfortable
A homeowner goes through the comfort issues they are experiencing throughout their home.
Metal roofing for your home
If it's time to replace your roof, you should explore all the options available. Find out more about metal roofing and how it works.
Mobile home energy audit
Mobile homes can be a challenge to make energy efficiency improvement. Find out what to look for.
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With so many types of TVs on the market today -- LED, OLED, LCD, and 4K televisions -- how can you choose? Learn how they work and consume energy.
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Check out this new home under construction. It includes many energy saving building choices from windows to walls.
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Even when you're not actively using them, many modern devices still use energy in standby mode. This "phantom energy use" can add up to 5-10% of your yearly energy bill. How can you reduce phantom power in your home?
Preparing your home for vacation
Reduce your energy usage while you're away
Proper tree placement
Just one tree can reduce your cooling costs by up to 25%. The key is planting trees in the right location. Plant shade trees to the east and west of your home and wind breaks to the north and west of your home.
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You have a beautiful old house and want to make it energy efficient. Learn how from guest Bob Yapp historic preservationist.
Pete and Megan with Conroy family
Meet the Conroy family. Learn how to live efficiently with kids in the house.
Saving energy with your thermostat
Looking for tips to save energy? Find out how to use your thermostat and lighting to reduce your energy use.
Shopping for a new TV - Alliant Energy PowerHouse
Choosing a television these days takes a lot of research. Learn what you should look for in the sea of TVs available so you're sure to buy an energy-smart television.

New construction doesn't have to be expensive. Learn how keeping energy efficiency as a priority can make a difference
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The future is now. From heating to lighting to your entertainment system, you can control all the major systems of your house right from your tablet. Learn about systems that can help you control energy costs with just the touch of a finger.
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Learn the various smart technologies you can install in your home and the cost to get started.
The power of the sun
Photovoltaic panels, or PV panel, can convert the energy of the sun into energy for your house.
Tips to save energy throughout the house
A tour of your home can save you a lot. Learn how to save energy in the basement, bathroom and laundry areas of your house.
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Find out how an energy assessment can help you find air leaks and other ways to save energy around your house.
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April 1/2
  • Segment 1: Home Energy Assessment
  • Segment 2: Blower door test
  • Segment 3: Infrared camera
  • Segment 4: Duct pressure test




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If you are vision-impaired or have some other disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to shopping or ordering on or using the benefits of our website, please contact Alliant Energy at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).