INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The winter weather has Hoosiers turning up the heat at home.
It also has people thinking about their utility bills.
What you may not know is there is an organization in Indiana that offers homeowners free home energy assessments. Energizing Indiana represents six of the state's largest utility companies including IPL, Duke Energy, AEP, NIPSCO, Vectren and IMPA. The organization has a team of energy experts who visit homes, conduct energy use assessments and then educate homeowners on how to save money. Homeowners who take advantage of the service typically save 10 to 20 percent on their utility bills.
"Once the (homeowner) understands they can purchase that programmable thermostat, or maybe they go into the refrigerator and turn it down to medium, or they make sure they change their furnace filter, savings are going to go up, up, up. That's money back in the home owners' pocket," said Mike Braccio of Energizing Indiana.
Homeowner Alex Cox signed up for the program. She heard about it through her church and also noticed other people in her neighborhood taking advantage of the service.
"Anyway you can try to save is always good," said Cox. "Being aware of ways to save energy in your home is always a plus."
For more information on the program, or to sign up for a free assessment, check out the Energizing Indiana website.
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