“When you do it all, it adds up,” Ash said, adding consumers can find energy-saving tips by going online at www.washingtonin.us, clicking on the “city government” tab, dropping down to “departments,” then to “utilities office.”
She said an energy audit can help homeowners get started with energy-efficiency measures. Energizing Indiana, an energy-efficiency program through Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), provides energy advisors to analyze energy use in homes and recommend appropriate actions. They assess heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, inspect air duct sealing, insulation levels and more.
“They’re very thorough,” Ash said. “I highly recommend anybody get it done.”
The free audits include replacing up to nine traditional incandescent bulbs with CFLs, installing up to three low-flow faucet aerators and two low-flow shower heads, and placing insulation wrap on electric water heaters.
To request an audit, sign up at www.energizingindiana.com or call 1-888-446-7750. One other way to sign up for an energy audit and also help the community is to go through one of eight local organizations, which will receive $25 for each audit requested.
They are Catholic Community of Washington, YMCA, Daviess County Young Professionals, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Senior and Family Services, Women’s Giving Circle/Daviess County Community Foundation, Connections and PowerHouse.