The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities is now offering customers access to a low-cost home energy audit, with the potential of helping residents improve the efficiency of their home while reducing overall energy costs.
BPU will arrange for certified auditors to conduct an energy audit on a customer's home, helping identify ways to improve energy efficiency, cut costs, and benefit the environment. While other energy audits can cost up to $500, BPU is making this service available to its residential customers for only a $50 fee.
If a customer makes the recommended improvements to their home within 90 days, BPU will refund the $50 fee, so homeowners end up paying nothing.
On-site energy audits include the following:
A blower test to identify costly air leakages
A Combustible Appliance Zone (CAZ) test
Up to 10 free compact fluorescent bulbs
Recommendations for energy efficiency improvements
Development of an Energy Conservation Plan (ECP)
To schedule an appointment, customers should call 913-573-9997 or email EnergyAudit@bpu.com. Appointments are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
BPU Home Energy Audits are available only to homeowners who have at least 12 months of electric usage with BPU. The $50 appointment fee will be refunded by BPU when customers provide a Certificate of Project Completion.
Cristen Raymond is a KCK homeowner who signed up for the program. She is on level pay but still is paying $456 for a month supply of electricity.
"I know this is a newer home, but I still think that sounds kind of high," she said, adding she was eager to do anything to lower her bill.
Ben Meyer, STAR energy consultant for BPU, said she almost certainly will save money.
"Our typical customer saves 25 percent on their bill and many of those things are simple things," Meyer said.
BPU's energy experts use special machines to find any leaks.
Raymond expects to make changes that could have short term costs but she expects it will be worth it in the long run.
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