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NIPSCO Announces 2016 Energy Efficiency Programs

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

“Customers want the ability to save energy and money each month, and these programs make it easy to do that,” said Violet Sistovaris, NIPSCO executive vice president. “We encourage all of our customers to take advantage of these simple and effective options.”

Homes, businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations now have several opportunities to become more energy efficient. The 2016 lineup will feature new programs such as the refrigerator replacement program for income-qualified customers, the return of the popular appliance recycling program and the continuation of rebates on energy-efficient appliances and equipment.

For commercial, industrial and non-profit customers:

  • Cash incentives for efficient improvements: Offers standard and custom incentives to customers who are making electric and natural gas energy efficiency improvements by retrofitting equipment in existing buildings.
  • Energy savings for small businesses: Provides energy-saving opportunities and assistance to existing small business facilities to maximize their energy savings and minimize their out-of-pocket costs.
  • Facility optimization: Designed to help customers determine the energy performance of their facilities in order to identify energy savings opportunities through optimization of their existing systems.
  • Incentives for new construction: Offers incentives to encourage building owners, designers and architects to exceed standard building practices and achieve energy efficiency above and beyond the current building code requirements.

 For residential customers:

  • Rebates for energy-efficient appliances/equipment: Offers rebate checks to NIPSCO natural gas and electric customers who purchase and install qualified, energy-efficient products, ranging from $50 for “smart,” Wi-Fi thermostats to $500 for geothermal heat pumps.
  • Cash for old refrigerators/freezers: Offers a $50 incentive check to electric customers who recycle an old, working refrigerator and/or freezer that is not needed.
  • Free home energy assessment: An energy advisor will analyze a customer’s energy use and may install energy-saving measures to help improve the efficiency and comfort of the home.
  • Lighting discounts: Customers can receive instant lighting discounts on Energy Star–qualified LED and CFL lighting at participating retailers.
  • Energy efficiency education: Designed to deliver cost-effective gas and electric savings by influencing fifth-grade students and their families to focus on conservation and the efficient use of electricity and natural gas.
  • Home weatherization for income-qualified customers: Helps low-income families and individuals decrease home energy costs and become more attentive to energy related health and safety issues in the home through the installation of several energy efficiency measures.
  • My Energy Scorecard (coming soon): This is a new, personalized, online and interactive energy report that shows how the home uses energy, how weather drove energy use the previous month and energy use compared to similar-sized homes in the area.
  • Refrigerator replacement for income-qualified customers: Provides qualified customers with the replacement of an inefficient refrigerator with a new Energy Star refrigerator at no cost to the customer.

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