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Weatherproofing Your Home for FREE

Basics like good insulation and fewer air leaks can make a big difference when it comes to your home’s energy bills. Upgrading attic insulation from three inches to twelve can cut heating costs by 20% and cooling costs by 10%!

A Virtual Home Energy Checkup is an easy, contact-free way to find energy savings throughout your home. When you schedule a no-cost checkup, you’re on your way to improving the comfort of your home and lowering your energy bills. To help you start saving, a FREE Energy-saving Kit*, valued at $48, will be mailed to your home.

Once in-home visits resume, I&M could pay 100% of the cost (up to $3,000) of energy-saving upgrades to your home. Customers who are not income-qualified could have 50% of the cost paid.

Find out where you can improve and save—plus get free tips like lowering your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees to save hundreds of dollars a year—with the FREE Virtual Home Energy Checkup!

*Must be income-qualified to receive an Energy-saving kit.   

Over 1.3 million kWh of energy was saved by customers who had a Home Energy Checkup in 2019. That’s equal to reducing the emissions from a car driving 121,677 miles a year.*

Request a Virtual Checkup

Or Call: 855-231-5274

Virtual Home Energy Checkup Overview

A virtual Home Energy Checkup gives you the opportunity to receive a no-cost Home Energy Checkup while keeping both you and I&M employees safe. You get the same expertise and personal care as an in-home visit, except your BPI certified energy expert interacts with you remotely, by video call.

The Free Virtual Checkup includes

  • A 45-minute home checkup, via video call, with a BPI certified* energy expert.
  • Virtual check of your home’s insulation, air leaks and energy use.
  • A customized report of energy-saving opportunities found during your checkup.
  • FREE Energy-saving Kit, valued at $48, mailed to your home.

Electric Water Heater Kit

  • 1 – Advanced Power Strip – 7 outlets
  • 8 – 9 W LED bulbs (60 W replacement)
  • 2 – High-efficiency showerheads
  • 1 – Kitchen faucet aerator
  • 2 – Bathroom faucet aerators
  • 2 – LED night lights
Virtual IQW Electric WH Kit

Gas Water Heater Kit

  • 1 – Advanced Power Strip – 7 outlets
  • 8 – 9 W LED bulbs (60 W replacement)
  • 2 – LED night lights
Virtual IQW Electric WH Kit

In-Home Energy Checkup Overview

Once we are scheduling in-home visits, if you are eligible for additional in-home work, we will contact you to complete your in-home Home Energy check-up including:

  • In-home insulation and air leak inspections.
  • Blower door and infrared tests.
  • A prioritized list of other energy-saving recommendations that could include
    • Central air conditioner tune-up
    • ECM furnace motor
    • Attic insulation
  • Assistance in scheduling recommended improvements with a qualified contractor.
  • Assistance in getting up to $3,000 in weatherproofing improvements, if qualified.

*Our energy experts are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI is the leader in setting technical standards for home energy auditing and energy-efficient upgrades.

Meet Your Energy Saving Expert

Rich Gadacz
Certified BPI Building Analyst

Rich has been doing Home Energy Checkups for over 34 years. Rich enjoys the work because he likes helping customers by sharing his knowledge and skills to help them save energy, be more comfortable and lower their bills. Rich notes, “I also love working outside and experiencing all four seasons.”

Most often asked question: 

“Do I have enough attic insulation?” and the easy answer is, “I’ll measure your insulation during the Checkup.”

Rich’s Favorite Energy-saving Tip:

“All of them. No matter how small, they all add up.”

Watch Rich in action, in the Home Energy Checkup video

Meet Your Energy Saving Expert

Length: 30s

Payment Assistance

We know that some of our customers may need assistance paying their bill. And we’re here to help. We have a variety of payment options to help you when you need it most. I&M also works with many organizations that can help you find local and federal assistance. Contact your local agency, visit 211.org or call 211 for more information about utility, housing, healthcare and many other types of assistance.

Contact Us

Please email us or call 855-231-5274.

FAQs

Q:

What are the rules / qualifications?

A:

  • Must be an I&M residential customer living in a single-family or duplex home.
  • Limit of one Home Energy Checkup every three years, per address.
  • Must meet household income levels of 200% of federal poverty level or below. These income levels are based on the Federal Income Guidelines published by the US Department of Energy Weatherization Program.

Q:

What are the income eligibility guidelines?

Q:

When can I schedule a checkup in my home?

A:

As a precaution to avoid spread of the COVID-19 virus, in-home Home Energy Checkup & Weatherproofing appointments are not being scheduled until further notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Q:

Is there a co-pay for the Home Energy Checkup?

A:

There is no cost for income-qualified renters and homeowners.

Q:

What do I need to do for a Virtual Home Energy Checkup?

A:

You will need a laptop, tablet or smartphone that can do a video call via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or WebEx.

Our energy expert will call at your scheduled virtual meeting appointment time. You will need to be home so you can show the energy expert, via video call, the rooms in your house. It would be helpful to make a list of any known problems like drafty or uncomfortable rooms.

Q:

Do I need to be home for the Virtual Home Energy Checkup? How long does it take?

A:

Yes. An adult 18 years or older must be home during the entire Virtual Home Energy Checkup. You will need to walk through your home to show, via video call, the energy expert the rooms in your house.

It will take 30-45 minutes for our energy expert to perform a virtual energy checkup of your home.

Q:

I can’t do video calls. Can I send you photos? 

A:

You can have a Virtual Home Energy Checkup via phone if you can email photos of your home in advance.

Q:

Will you do a Home Energy Checkup for a mobile home?

A:

Mobile homes do not qualify.

Q:

What does BPI certified mean?

A:

Our energy experts are not contractors. They are employees of Indiana Michigan Power and are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI is the leader in setting technical standards for home energy auditing and energy-efficient upgrades.

Q:

What is an Advanced Power Strip? How do I set it up?

A:

Power strips are often used to expand existing electrical outlets in a home. However, commonly plugged-in devices such as TVs, computers, media players and printers continue to use power when in standby mode on a traditional power strip. Often known as “phantom power” or “vampire power”, this electricity drain adds about 10% to your energy bill. Reducing or eliminating its presence can mean serious energy savings.

The Advanced Power Strip makes it easy to eliminate phantom and standby power losses without ever unplugging the equipment. The Advanced Power Strip intelligently cuts off power to connected devices when they’re not in use. If you need help setting-up the Advanced Power Strip, view the video tutorial or see the instructions.

Q:

Where will the kit be mailed?

A:

The kit will be sent to the mailing address on your I&M account. If you have an out-of-state address (not Indiana or Michigan), the kit will be sent to your service address. If you have a PO Box or forwarding request at USPS, you may be charged USPS forwarding fees.

Q:

When will my kit arrive? What is the status of my kit?

A:

Your kit will arrive in 4-6 weeks. You will receive an email confirmation when your kit ships. Check your SPAM folder for an email from Indiana Michigan Power. If you still need help, email us or call 800-311-4634.

Q:

Can I get replacement windows with the Home Energy Checkup?

A:

No. We do not offer replacement windows through any of our energy efficiency programs.

Tip of the Day

TIP #86
Weatherproofing
Add foam gaskets behind all outlet covers and switch plates, and use safety plugs in all unused outlets. These are prime places for outside air to leak into your home. Be sure to shut off power at the fuse box or circuit panel first.
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I&M Electric Ideas Rebates

I&M’s rebate programs are focused on home energy savings that make it easier than ever to save money and help the environment.

Discover all rebate options available for your home.

*Data as of 2019. Prior year data updated annually in June. Annual energy savings based on 1,000 kWh use per month. Emissions based on I&M-specific emissions data from our cleaner generation portfolio. EPA.gov Greenhouse Equivalencies Calculator used for kWh conversion.

Product offerings and rebates are subject to change without notice. See the specific rebate application for Terms & Conditions.