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With colder weather just around the corner, Vectren Energy, Duke Energy and Energizing Indiana are partnering to weatherize homes of low-income customers. The organizations have set a goal of weatherizing 1,000 homes.
This program will weatherize homes of 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. For a family of four, that equates to a household income of about $47,000 or less.
“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. “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.”
Qualifying customers will receive a free, on-site home energy audit. Energy efficiency experts from Energizing Indiana will then implement efficiency measures on an as-needed basis, which may include, adding attic insulation, sealing ductwork and air leaks, installing a water heater insulation wrap, etc., all 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. “These weatherization services will reduce energy bills in addition to increasing the home’s value.”
Qualifying homes must be at least 10 years old. To apply for home weatherization or for more information, contact Energizing Indiana at 1.888.446.7750 or visit www.energizingindiana.com.