GREENSBURG – As the cost of living continues to rise, many people have begun looking for ways to save money anywhere possible; luckily, several Indiana utility providers have come together to provide a solution to Hoosiers.
In a united effort by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), statewide energy efficiency programs are being offered by participating utilities and consumer organizations. The program, called Energizing Indiana, began in January of 2012 and has since saved more than 603 million kilowatts of energy, which is enough energy to power 48,525 Indiana homes for a year, according to the Energy Information Agency. Because of the program, Hoosier homes and businesses have seen energy savings and taken a collective step toward a healthier environment for Indiana.
As part of the program, Indiana homes and businesses can receive energy assessments, free of charge. In its first full year, the initiative has performed more than 82,000 energy assessments for Indiana homeowners, giving them the tools necessary to save money by decreasing energy usage and increasing their home’s performance. Energizing Indiana offers energy efficient light bulbs at deeply discounted rates and more than 2.6 million bulbs have been purchased since the inception of the program. Hoosier businesses have also received over $5.1 million in incentives for upgrading lighting and equipment to energy-efficient models.
“The enthusiastic response we’ve received during the first year of the initiative signals that Hoosiers value energy efficiency and we look forward to making an even bigger impact in the second year,” said Bob Nuss, managing director for Energizing Indiana. “In year two, we are eager to get even more homeowners, consumers, businesses and schools involved so they can reap the benefits of energy efficiency.”
Electricity customers of Duke Energy, Indiana Michigan Power, Indianapolis Power and Light Company, NIPSCO and Vectren, as well as the communities served by the Indiana Municipal Power Agency qualify for the Energizing Indiana Home Energy Assessments, which are funded by utility rates and require no separate fees to participate.