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The Home Energy Conservation (HEC) Program provides energy conservation measures to reduce the utility bills of low-income Hoosiers across the state. The HEC Program offers clients a permanent solution to reducing their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) allocates funds to IHCDA for distribution to our network of Community Action Agencies to perform weatherization work.
If you are interested in receiving benefits through this program, you must first contact your local Community Action Agency to enroll. Eligibility for this program is based on household income. Once enrolled, you will be placed on a wait list. Because the demand for these services routinely exceeds the amount of funding available, you may be on a wait list for a period of 2-24 months.
Once your home comes up on the wait list, you will be contacted, and a state-trained energy auditor will be sent to your home to perform a comprehensive energy audit. The results of the audit are unique to each client's home and determine which energy efficiency upgrades will maximize energy savings for the client.
Upon completion of the audit, state-trained contractors will install the energy efficiency upgrades prescribed by the auditor. A final audit will be conducted at the completion of the installation work to ensure the energy efficiency measures installed are operating in such a way to maximize energy savings.
Because the work completed on a client's home is funded through the federal government, all audits and energy efficiency upgrades are installed at no cost to the client. After the final audit has been approved by the client, the client will then be responsible for maintenance of the home and all measures installed.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), families receiving weatherization services see their annual energy bills reduced by an average of about $437, depending on fuel prices. Because the energy improvements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to substantial benefits for weatherization clients and their communities, and the nation as a whole. Indiana's weatherization program saves an average of 20-30% on annual home heating costs. Savings will vary by home, and will depend factors such as the size, type, and age of a home.
In order to find out if your home would be eligible, please either call your local Community Action Agency. Click here to contact your local Community Action Agency or click here to see the current federal poverty guidelines.
The Weatherization Program can serve clients up to 200% of Poverty
All interested weatherization applicants need to contact their local Community Action Agency to find out if they are elgible for services. To find out which agency serves your county click here
Every client who is eligible for services receives a comprehensive energy audit from state-trained auditors. The results of the audit are unique to each client's home and determine which energy efficeinct upgrades will maximize energy savings for the client. Upon completion of the audit, state-trained construction teams will install the energy efficiency upgrades prescribed by the auditor. A final audit will be conducted at the completion of installation work to ensure the energy efficiency measures installed are operating in such a way to maximize energy savings. Because the work completed on a client's home is funded through the federal government, all audits and energy efficiency upgrades are installed at no cost to the client.
All interested applicants need to contact their local Community Action Agency to find out if they are eligible for services. To find out which agency serves your county click here
Further questions? Contact IHCDA HEC Program staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have not heard back or it is an emergency, click here to contact Jeff Hasser (317-234-7145).
For more about reducing your energy costs, visit the following utility websites:
Citizens Energy Group
You may also sign up for a free energy efficiency kit at
Indianapolis Power and Light
You may also sign up for a free energy efficiency kit at
Vectren Energy Delivery
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Indiana Michigan Power (also known as AEP)
If you have received a letter indicating that your home has either been deferred or denied you must first appeal to the Executive Director of the agency issuing the he determination. The letter will have the appropriate contact information for this person on it. In your appeal you must identify why you feel the decision was made incorrectly. If incorrect or incomplete information was provided to the auditor during the initial visit, or if conditions have changed since that visit please provide those specifics.
If the denial is upheld by the Community Action Agency, you may submit a written appeal to:
Deputy Director of Energy Programs
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 1000
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Please note: Your appeal will not be considered until you have received an appeal decision from the Executive Director of the Community Action Agency which conducted the audit.
Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changout Program offers EAP and HEC clients up to $4,000 to replace, retrofit or upgrade an inefficient, higher polluting wood-burning stove or outdoor boiler with energy efficient models. Click here for qualification and contact information. This program will only be available through June 30, 2013.
If you are a Marion county resident and don't qualify for Weatherization Program, EcoHouse is another energy efficient program. For more information please click here to visit their website