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 Home Energy Checkup is an easy, hassle-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, we will provide $50 of energy-saving products—for FREE. If your home qualifies, I&M could pay 100% of the cost (up to $3,000) of energy-saving upgrades to your home.
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 Home Energy Checkup!
Over 444,000 kWh of energy was saved by customers who had a Home Energy Checkup in 2021. You helped the environment by reducing emissions equal to a gas-powered car driving 781,427 miles!*
Schedule a Home Energy Checkup
Or Call: 833-566-0583
Home Energy Checkup Overview
We know that when it comes to your home’s comfort, saving energy starts with one simple ingredient: the right information.
Your BPI-certified energy expert will work with you to identify energy-saving opportunities throughout your home, plus provide FREE energy-saving products so you can start saving immediately.
The Free Checkup Includes
- A 45-minute in-home or virtual checkup with a BPI-certified* energy expert.
- Insulation and air leak inspections.
- Blower door and infrared tests.
- Free energy-saving products, valued at $50.
- A report of energy-saving opportunities specific to your home.
- I&M may pay up to $3,000 in weatherproofing improvements, if qualified. Plus, help schedule the work with a qualified contractor.
Energy-saving Products Include
- Advanced Power Strip – 7 outlets
- 9 W LED bulbs (60 W replacement)
- High-efficiency showerheads
- Kitchen faucet aerator
- Bathroom faucet aerators
- LED night lights
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 $4,000 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 One of Our Energy Saving Experts
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
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.
What are the rules / qualifications?
- 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.
What are the income eligibility guidelines?
2022 Household Income Eligibility Guidelines*
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*200% of Federal Poverty Guideline.
Is there a co-pay for the Home Energy Checkup?
There is no cost for income-qualified renters and homeowners.
What do I need to do for a Virtual Home Energy Checkup?
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.
Do I need to be home for the Home Energy Checkup? How long does it take?
Yes. An adult 18 years or older must be home during the entire Home Energy Checkup. You will need to walk through your home to show the energy expert the rooms in your house.
It will take 30-45 minutes for our energy expert to perform an energy checkup of your home.
Will you do a Home Energy Checkup for a mobile home?
Mobile homes do not qualify.
What does BPI certified mean?
What is an Advanced Power Strip? How do I set it up?
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.
Where will the kit be mailed? When will my kit arrive?
If you have an in-home Energy Checkup, we will install the energy-saving products during the checkup. If you have a Virtual Energy Checkup, your kit will arrive in 4-6 weeks. 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.
Can I get replacement windows with the Home Energy Checkup?
No. We do not offer replacement windows through any of our energy efficiency programs.
*Data as of 2021. Prior year data updated annually in June. Rebates and participation in 2021, were impacted by COVID-related program changes. Annual energy savings based on 12,000 kWh use per year. Estimated emissions reduction calculations are made using EPA.gov Greenhouse Equivalencies Calculator and gross verified kWh savings by program in 2021.
Product offerings and rebates are subject to change without notice. See the specific rebate application for Terms & Conditions.