INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a Proclamation today declaring October as Energy Efficiency Awareness Month in Indiana. The Proclamation encourages Hoosiers to use energy conservation measures that reduce utility bills and energy consumption. It also commends the work of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) their excellent administration of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) that is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The DOE allocates funds to IHCDA for distribution to their network of Community Action Agencies, who perform weatherization work throughout the state for low-income Hoosiers. To recognize these efforts, IHCDA officials will be joined by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann for weatherization demonstrations throughout the month of October.
“Visiting weatherization projects with IHCDA staff and their partner agencies has helped me appreciate and recognize both large and small ways, a home, whether it is an apartment or single family house, can be made more energy efficient,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann who is the Chair of the IHCDA Board. “The important work of IHCDA and our partners who perform the weatherization activities helps families reduce heating costs and hopefully the amount of energy needed to run the homes.”
Indiana’s weatherization assistance program saves an average of 20-30% on annual home heating costs, about $437 each year for families receiving weatherization services, a significant cost savings especially for low-income Hoosiers.
According to a report released by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the percentage of household income spent on energy costs varies dramatically:
- For those earning $50,000 annually or more, energy costs account for approximately 8% of their income.
- For those earning $30,000 to $50,000 the percentage rises to 16%.
- For those earning $30,000 or less the percentage rises to a significant 26%.
In addition to commending the work being done by IHCDA and Community Action Agencies, the Governor’s Proclamation asks all Hoosiers to take steps to ensure they are doing all they can to conserve energy in their homes. Provided below is a list of low-cost or no-cost things that can be done to help lower the energy costs in the home:
- Change your furnace filter on a regular basis.
- Set the thermostat as low as possible.
- Set the thermostat back at night and when you will be gone for long periods of time.
- Reduce and maintain the water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Insulate at least the first six feet of water lines as they exit the top of the water heater.
- Reduce water usage by installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
- Ensure all water leaks are repaired.
- Set ceiling fans to run clockwise for the winter.
- Ensure that all of the supply registers and return grilles are clear of any obstructions.
- Close all fireplaces dampers [if applicable] when not in use.
- Seal all ceiling penetrations into the attic and floor penetrations into the crawl spaces and basements.
- Turn off unused electronic devices such as TV’s, lights, phone chargers, DVD players, computers, etc.
Click here for more information about Indiana’s WAP and tips to make your home more energy efficient.