Keep the Heat On – Press Release From Alliant Energy

February 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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As I’m sitting here in the midst of a blizzard listening to the wind howl and the neighborhood snow blowers trying to stay ahead of the snow, I am remembering the first time our furnace stopped working. We didn’t notice it wasn’t working until it was quite cold in the house. Of course, it was after hours and on a weekend–these things never happen during business hours. We paid a hefty sum to have our furnace company inform us that snow had covered the furnace vent on the back of our house. I’d like to save you from paying someone an exorbitant amount of money to clear a bit of snow off some pipes.

Ironically, as I researched this topic hoping to garner more information than just “clear the snow from the pipes that come out of your house,” I came across a press release from Alliant Energy released yesterday.

Alliant Energy is encouraging customers to make sure their gas and electric meters, furnace vents, and all other vents around the house are free of snow and ice. Mark Hawley, Manager of Safety & Health Services at Alliant Energy, provided a few tips:

  • Keep the meter free of snow
  • Use your hands to clear snow and ice (not a shovel)
  • Don’t bang on pipes or meters
  • Don’t let ice buildup and be sure to remove icicles
  • Make sure furnace and water heater exhaust pipes and vents are not blocked by snow or ice

Read the Alliant Energy press release for complete information. You can also call 1-800-ALLIANT (255-4268) for more information.

Make sure furnace and water heater exhaust pipes and vents are not blocked by snow or ice