By Jacie Shoaf
In preparation for winter, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is posting advice on its website to help Hoosiers conserve energy and save month.
"Our website offers a host of useful tips that will help you prepare for winter," said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. "These tips can add up to either save you money or at least keep your bills in check."
The OUCC website recommends that Hoosiers get a home energy assessment, which is free for lower income families. To sign up, visit www.energizingindiana.com
or call 888-446-7750 toll-free.
The website also suggests cleaning furnace filters, checking insulation, setting ceiling fans to rotate clockwise, turning thermostats down slightly when leaving the house, switching to energy efficient light bulbs, and unplugging chargers and appliances when not in use.
For additional tips, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC
or call 888-441-2494 toll-free. The OUCC website features various publications, including free guides that outline electric rates and natural gas utility costs.
Jacie Shoaf is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.