In less than a year, a statewide energy efficiency initiative has helped more than 6,663 Hoosiers cut back on energy usage. Energizing Indiana is an effort by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, participating utilities and consumer organizations to offer comprehensive statewide energy efficiency programs.
The Energizing Indiana initiative began Jan. 2, and was created to help utilities achieve the significant energy savings required by an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission order.
"The energy saved from conducting 6,663 Home Energy Assessments amounts to more than 7,119,144 million kilowatt hours saved in Indiana in only six months," said Bob Nuss, managing director for Energizing Indiana, according to jconline.com.
"We have the potential to reach more than 80 percent of the homes in the state, as well as thousands of businesses. To put it in perspective, we could achieve enough savings to power as many as 100,000 homes for a year."
During an assessment, an Energizing Indiana adviser visits a customer's home and analyzes energy usage, may install several savings measures and recommends appropriate efficiency steps.
Recommendations can range from switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs to sealing cracks around windows and doors.
Once the assessment is complete, the energy adviser creates a report for the homeowner listing additional steps to take to improve the efficiency of the home.
Read more about home energy audits.