Saving money is a challenge for any family.
Many struggle with what to sacrifice to pay the bills.
How about cutting the bills instead?
In Indiana, there is a statewide program available that aims to do just that.
The program, which is provided by six major Indiana utilities, is paid for through utility rates.
The way it works is this. A customer makes an appointment for an auditor to come to the home. That auditor will spend about an hour to an hour and a half thoroughly checking areas like heating and cooling sources, insulation, lighting, windows, and water usage.
He'll then type up a report of recommendations for the homeowner to see what areas need attention.
Finally he'll leave an energy kit which includes CFL lightbulbs and shower heads.
The goal is to save 1000 kilowatt hours with each home assessed. For the homeowner, that can translate into a 10-20 percent savings on utility bills.
There is no cost for the audit or the energy kit.
But there is significant savings at stake for families looking for ways to cut costs without trimming the budget.