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April 22, 2014

Energy-saving program powering down this year

Energizing Indiana will offer free home-energy audits until year's end

Ever wonder how energy efficient your house is?

You can find out. For free. But not for long.

Energizing Indiana, a 2-year-old initiative of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, offers any homeowner in the state a free energy assessment for their house.

An energy auditor will analyze the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in your home to determine if they are operating efficiently, and inspect air duct sealing, insulation levels and more to evaluate your home’s energy consumption.

But the real icing on the cake?

Residents receive free installation of energy efficient compact-florescent light bulbs, sink aerators and shower heads throughout their home.

“We look at the whole environment and identify everything that could reduce energy consumption,” said Bob Nuss, managing director of Energizing Indiana. “Our inspectors are giving you a roadmap and the resources to help you save money and energy ... That’s a pretty good deal.”

But you have to hurry to get your free energy-efficiency roadmap. The program is set to expire at the end of the year.

That’s because the Indiana General Assembly voted earlier this year to shut down the program, claiming it cost too much money without providing real benefits.

Gov. Mike Pence allowed the bill to become law without signing it last month.

Regarding the decision, Nuss said he was “massively disappointed in the shortsightedness of our legislators.”

“The program has been very, very successful,” he said, noting more than 120,000 homes have been inspected in the last two years. “I’m proud of what we’ve done. We accomplished things that nobody thought we could do.”

According to its website, Energizing Indiana programs have saved over 1 billion kilowatt hours of energy in the last two years. That’s enough energy to keep 83,706 Indiana homes going for one year.

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