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October 15, 2013

Organizations launch initiative to weatherize homes

Goal is to make 1,000 homes more energy-efficient

— Vectren, Duke Energy and Energizing Indiana are partnering to weatherize 1,000 homes in the Hoosier state, before winter weather arrives.

The organizations have set a goal of making 1,000 homes more energy-efficient for households that qualify.

“We know inefficient homes with little to no insulation force energy bills higher, and many homeowners simply don’t have the discretionary income to get their homes up to today’s energy efficiency standards,” said Mike Roeder, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North, in a news release. “This program helps many working families for the long-term by helping to break the cycle of high energy usage and thus, high energy bills.”

Indiana customers who have Vectren natural gas service and Duke Energy electric service and whose household income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines will qualify. For a family of four, this percentage equates to a household income of about $47,000, or less, annually. Qualifying customers will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Qualifying customers will receive a free, on-site home energy audit to determine areas in need of energy-efficiency upgrades. Energy efficiency experts from energizing Indiana will then implement a number of efficiency measures, which may include adding insulation in the attic, sealing ductwork and air leaks, installing a water heater insulation wrap, installing CFL bulbs and low-flow faucet aerators at no cost to the customer.

“Given only 20 percent of homes built before 1980 are considered well-insulated, we know there are thousands of homes in Indiana that are in desperate need of energy efficiency upgrades,” said Michael Goldenberg, Duke Energy director of products and services, in the release. “These weatherization services will reduce energy bills in addition to increasing the home’s value.”

To apply for home weatherization or for more information, contact energizing Indiana at 1-888-446-7750 or visit www.energizingindiana.com.

Other requirements include qualifying homes must be at least 10 years old and traditional apartment buildings do not qualify.

All customers regardless of household income can receive a free on-site home energy assessment through energizing Indiana. More information about energizing Indiana is available at 1-888-446-7750 or visit www.energizingindiana.com.

Vectren and Duke Energy offer additional energy efficiency programs for residential and business customers. Learn more about Vectren’s programs at www.vectren.com/conservation or call 1-866-240-8476; for more information about Duke Energy’s programs visit www.duke-energy.com/indiana/savings.asp.

 

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