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Green Savings in Indianapolis

One of the questions I hear repeatedly from my clients who are buying a home in Indianapolis, is, "how much are the utilities"? This is a difficult question to answer. Although we can easily access the past history of utility charges for a given property, utility costs are more dependant on personal usage. While the current costs of utilities are a consideration when buying a home, there are some simple changes you can make to reduce the cost. Today, there are many options available which provide both savings and protect the environment. Integrating just a few of these ideas will help reduce your overall utility costs. Water Usage:
  • Repair leaky faucets and running toilets.
  • Use the correct water level when washing clothes.
  • Run the dishwasher when it is full.
Green Options:
  • Install low flow toilets and plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage
  • Front load washers use up to 66% less water and 75% less detergent
  • Tankless water heaters - heats water instantly and on demand.
  • When it's time to replace old appliances, buy Energy Star.
Electric:
  • Replace existing light bulbs with CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Lamps)
  • Caulk or seal around doors and windows
  • Turn off lights and program your thermostat
  • Insulate your water heater
  • Add attic insulation
  • Replace Windows
  • Replace heating and cooling system filters every 60 days
Green Options:
  • High Efficiency Heat Pumps or Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Cellulose Insulation
  • Argon filled double pane windows
  • Tankless water heater
  • Replace older Heating and Cooling units with high efficiency units.
Indianapolis Power and Light offers programs designed to help you save money on your electric bills: Cool Cents Program: Allows homeowners to recycle their air during the summer months and receive a rebate on their electric bill. Perfect Cents Program: Upgrade your current heating and cooling system to a high efficiency system and receive a rebate. Green Option: Help the environment and enroll in the Green Power Option. This allows current customers of Indianapolis Power and Light to use clean renewable sources of energy.

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