Home Energy & Utilities

The electricity we use in our homes and workplaces has to come from somewhere. In Indiana, more than 84% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels.

Burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas releases harmful pollutants into the air, including particulate matter and ozone-causing NOx (nitrogen oxides) VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Reducing the amount of electricity you use in your home and at work alleviates the amount of air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels.

Good

  • Turn off lights and appliances that aren’t in use.
  • Insulate your home and caulk windows.
  • Have gas appliances inspected and well maintained.
  • Run dishwashers and laundry only when full.
  • Use a water saving showerhead.
  • Ask your utility providers about a home energy audit.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

Better

  • Buy Energy Star certified products.
  • Use LED light bulbs.
  • Adjust thermostat settings to be higher in the summer and lower in the winter.

Best

  • Participate in green options offered by energy providers.
  • Open blinds and curtains for natural light.
  • Open windows and use fans in warmer months.