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Indiana's $132M energy-conservation plan OK'd

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Indiana will use nearly $132 million in federal stimulus funding to help more than 30,000 low-income households weatherize their homes and obtain more efficient appliances.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority said households will receive up to $5,000 each for programmable thermostats, insulation, and new appliances such as furnaces and water heaters.

To be eligible, a household can earn no more than 1-1/2 times the federal poverty level, or about $33,000 for a family of four.

The U.S. Department of Energy approved Indiana's program only after initially expressing concern about the plan to send part of the money through the Indiana Builders Association, which has given more than $185,000 to Gov. Mitch Daniels' political campaigns.

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