Indiana Senate votes to turn off the lights on energy-saving program

Read the full post in the Indianapolis Star.

A 2-year-old program designed to cut energy consumption in Indiana homes, schools, stores and factories could end Dec. 31, under a bill that passed the Senate by a wide margin Monday.

Senate Bill 340 would shut down the Energizing Indiana program, under which energy auditors ­visit homes and businesses and recommend ways to reduce energy consumption. Typical recommendations include switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, wrapping pipes in insulation, turning down the temperature on water heaters and getting rid of old, energy-gobbling refrigerators.

The bill, which also passed the House by a lop­sided vote two weeks ago, now goes to Gov. Mike Pence for his consideration. Its future is not certain.

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