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The More You Know, the More You Save

We want to help you save energy, protect the environment and lower your energy bill. Knowing how your home uses energy helps you make smarter energy choices. The monthly Home Energy Report provides information on how your home uses energy and the power to save.

FAQs

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How is my home comparison calculated?

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Your home comparison is calculated using information in your Home Energy Profile. To get the best comparison possible, go to lndianaMichiganPower.com and update your home’s information, including the type of heating and cooling, age, square footage and more.

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What are similar homes?

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Similar homes are a group of about 100 homes that are similar in size to yours, and are located close to your home. These homes represent homes similar to yours, but do not necessarily include the homes on your block or in your immediate neighborhood.

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How did you choose the homes used in the similar homes comparisons?

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To provide valid comparisons, we’ve chosen specific homes that are nearby and have characteristics that typically lead to similar energy needs, such as home size and heating source. And importantly, we only include homes that appear to be occupied at the time of the comparison.

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What if there are good reasons that my household uses more energy than other similar homes?

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Our goal is to provide you with a comparison that is valid and meaningful. Currently, our report comparisons include 100 similar, nearby, occupied homes, and our research shows that for almost all residents this 100-home average is a good indication of typical usage. However, there are some factors for which we don’t account, such as the number of occupants in the home and special loads like hot tubs and swimming pools.

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I have certain life or housing circumstances, such as energy-intensive medical equipment, that prevent me from reducing my energy use. So how can these reports help me?

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It’s understandable that some people may have life or housing circumstances that make it difficult to reduce their home’s energy use. We aim to provide a wide range of ideas that can address the various needs of our customers and their homes. We encourage you to find out which tips are best for you and search for more ideas. In some cases, you may not be able to realize substantial energy savings, but we’ve found that most people can realize at least some energy savings and we hope we can help you do so.

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How can other efficient similar homes manage to use so much less energy than me?

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Efficient households likely take a variety of steps to reduce their electric use, including using the thermostat to manage heating and cooling costs, turning off lights and electronics when not in use and always running full loads in the dishwasher, washer and dryer. The reports provide actionable steps that you can take to help you make your home more efficient.

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How do you determine the size of my home and how do I update it?

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The square footage of your home that we use in the Home Energy Report is based on data that is collected from your county assessor’s office about your home. If the square footage on your report is not correct, you can update your Home Energy Profile on IndianaMichiganPower.com

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What’s a kWh?

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A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a way to measure electricity use. A 100-watt lightbulb uses 1 kWh every 10 hours.

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Where can I learn more?

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Visit ElectricIdeas.com/Home to find energy-saving products, rebates and discounts. You will also find a variety of useful tips, videos and other resources so you can stretch your energy dollars while also helping the environment.  

Energy.gov and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy are good, independent resources for additional information on energy savings.

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Who do I contract with questions?

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You can email us or call 800-311-4634.

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