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Energy Assistance Program Helps Cut Costs

Experts from Energizing Indiana evaluate your house and appliances to find all the different ways you could be saving money. And while all of this advice comes without a price tag, when it's all said and done, it could make a big impact on your wallet.
As our freezing temperatures linger, utility bills continue to climb - but one organization wants to ease that financial burden.

Energizing Indiana is traveling across the state to show homeowners how they  can lower their energy use... and it won't cost you a dime.

"The kind of weather we've had in the kind of cold we've had... you feel draft maybe that you otherwise didn't," said Lynn May.

That's what led Terre Haute homeowner Lynn May to take part in the Home Energy Assessment program.
   
Experts from Energizing Indiana evaluate your house and appliances to find all the different ways you could be saving money.

"That tends to make them feel a little more comfortable and happy that they can do things without spending a lot of money to reduce their cost," said field supervisor Mike Bass.

On Tuesday, officials looked high and low at the May house, because even something as simple as replacing old light bulbs with new CFL's can make a difference.

"We've had the old type labels for so long, we just take it for granted that they're fine. But wow what a difference it can make! Not only in the light value, but also in the energy savings... it's incredible," said May.

Or how about installing a new shower head to save some water?

"Just those things alone we are going to try to save the homeowner about 1000 kWh a year, and just that alone would may be a $100 savings," said Bass.

Experts look at your entire home -- from the attic insulation to the basement furnace -- even making sure your fireplace is working properly.

"It's kind of like having an open window, so the first thing you want to do is make sure that the damper is closed when you're not burning a fire," said Bass.
   
And while all of this advice comes without a price tag, when it's all said and done... it could make a big impact on your wallet.

"The price is right, it's free. If they can save you a little bit more money, why not? You can learn a little bit more about your home that you otherwise didn't know and save you some money and save some energy," said May

Experts also say you can cut costs by simply making sure to turn down your thermostat when you're not home, and getting your furnace checked once a year.

Energizing Indiana programs are funded by utility rates with companies across the state pitching in.

Any and all homeowners can sign up.
   
To sign up for your own home assessment, just click here.
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