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Energizing Indiana: Conserving Energy

Since the heat has been somewhat overwhelming this summer – especially for those living in Indiana – the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recently launched a program entitled “Energizing Indiana.” The program aims to reduce electricity usage by around 12 percent by 2019, facilitating the process for those trying to decrease their IDT Energy or other utility service provider bill. The program is offering free services to families and businesses in the area, as well as individual energy assessments.

There are other similar programs taking place nationwide. And this is good news. But each person needs to take additional responsibility for the conservation of energy. This can be done by making minimal behavior modifications vis-à-vis turning off switches, adjusting thermometers, etc. With this particularly program however, an energy advisor will come and consult with people, suggesting steps to conserve energy and save on their monthly utility bills, while increasing their energy efficiency and enhance in-home air quality.

Incandescent or Fluorescent Bulbs?

Energy conservation is a hot topic these days, and with good reason- why not learn how you can easily and efficiently lower your monthly electricity bill? Electric companies like IDT Energy offer personalized advice on how to do just that, so you may want to contact your energy provider before making and significant changes on your own.

There are some simple alterations that you can make on your own, however, such as switching light bulbs and adding lamps. Most people use incandescent light bulbs, which are much less effective than fluorescent. In fact, incandescent bulbs use up to 80% more energy than fluorescent ones, and have a much shorter life span. Some people may claim that fluorescent bulbs are too white and are unpleasant, but in fact fluorescent bulbs can come in many colors, and it can be hard to differentiate between those and the regular yellow, incandescent bulbs.
Adding small lamps or nightlights to specific areas in a house can also reduce energy use at home. Just be sure to turn them off and unplug them while they’re not in use.