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October 18, 2013

Vectren, Duke Energy, Energizing Indiana partner to weatherize 1,000 homes this heating season

In an effort to help customers make their homes more energy efficient, Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren), 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 heating season and are actively seeking qualified applicants.

This unique 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, this percentage equates to a household income of about $47,000 or less. Qualifying customers will be served on a first-come, first- serve basis.

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

“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. We hope those who think they may qualify will contact Energizing Indiana today to take advantage of this program.”

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 on an as-needed basis, 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, 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.”

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