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Indiana Encourages Residents To Get Home Energy Audits

Energizing Indiana says it is offering free home energy audits.

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A energy auditor checks a house for improvements that could minimize energy use.

As Indiana continues to suffer through weeks of extreme heat conditions, the state and its utility companies are offering home audits to help Hoosiers cut costs.

Energizing Indiana is a partnership between the state and its major utility companies. Hoosiers who are customers of those companies – which is about 90 percent of the state – can take advantage of home energy audits.

By contacting Energizing Indiana, utility customers can have an advisor come out to their home and evaluate ways to cut energy costs.

Anthony Swinger is the spokesman for the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, an Energizing Indiana partner.  He says some recommendations are fairly universal and simple such as replacing old incandescent light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs. But he says the home audits also allow advisors to dig deeper based on individual homes.

“You may have cracks around windows and doors that may need to be sealed,” he says. “The auditors may take a look also at your heating and air conditioning system.  They may look at your insulation.”

Swinger says advisors provide on-the-spot recommendations and will follow up later with a detailed report on ways consumers can save.

The audits are free for customers of Energizing Indiana’s utility company partners. Those who don’t qualify may have other programs within their local utility companies they can use.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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