Saving energy is good for the environment and good for you. By keeping your energy usage down, you also keep your costs down. Little changes, both in lifestyle and in modifications to your home or business, can mean big savings.
How much could you save? According to www.energystar.gov:
A skilled contractor could save you up to $1,000 on your heating and cooling costs over five years, just by better sealing and insulating your home. Increase the savings by upgrading to an EnergyStar furnace and air conditioner, and you could save another $1,000 on heating and cooling over the same time period.
Upgrading your 1990s refrigerator to an EnergyStar model could save you $315 over five years.
Save up to $900 over five years by replacing two older toilets with high-efficiency models.
Upgrade your 10-year-old washing machine to a high-efficiency model and you could save $675 over five years.
Those few, easy improvements could save you almost $4,000!
Five Easy Steps to Energy Savings
Select a certified energy analyst to evaluate your home's energy efficiency. The analyst shows you which improvements will help you save the most energy and the most money. Download a list of certified analysts»
Choose what improvements you'll make. Some improvements will be easy decisions, but ultimately, you will choose how much or how little you do. Maybe you'd like to install solar panels or a geothermal heat pump, even if it might take some time to see the cost savings. Or maybe you only want do the low-cost things that will give you immediate savings, like sealing leaks and improving your home's insulation. It's a personal decision. Only you know what will work best for your home. (Need some inspiration? Download the free Green Remodeling Idea Book.)
Decide how you will finance your project. There are many rebates, low- and no-interest loans and tax credits available. See the list below for some of the resources available. Use as many as you're eligible for to receive maximum savings.
Work with a certified contractor to make the improvements you select to your home. You can also make it a do-it-yourself project, but note that some incentives are only
available for work done by a certified contractor. (Visit www.kcenergy.org for a
list of certified contractors.)
Enjoy your new energy-efficient home, and the savings that come with it!
Make the process even easier! The Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) is available to help you through the energy-efficient improvement process. Visit www.kcenergy.org or call 816/531-7283 for more information.
How Will You Pay For It?
There are many financing options available. Use as many as you're eligible for to receive maximum savings. Visit Beyond The Bulb for a list of rebates and incentives.
Appliance rebates for Atmos Energy's Missouri customers.
Rebates for Missouri KCP&L customers on energy-efficient air conditioners or heat pumps.
Low-cost loans for energy upgrades for Kansas residents.
Energy Smart Homes
No-interest loans for qualified energy-efficiency measures for Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities customers.
Federal tax credits for qualifying purchases.
Comprehensive information on energy-efficiency resources, including finding financial incentives and selecting certified analysts and contractors, for Kansas City, Mo., property owners.
Home Performance with EnergyStar
Rebates for KCP&L and/or Missouri Gas Energy customers.
Independence Power & Light
Low-interest loans and appliance rebates for customers' eligible energy-efficiency measures.
Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program
Free energy-efficient upgrades for qualifying low-income residents.
Missouri residents: www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization/wxmap.htm
Kansas residents: www.ks-energy-assistance.com/lieap
Missouri Gas Energy
Rebates on qualifying central heating units and water heaters for MGE customers.
This list is subject to change. Please check with each program for availability and eligibility requirements.
Analyze energy use
Ideas for energy-efficient home remodeling
Tax credits and other financing for energy-efficient home upgrades
Information & Education
To reach its goal of improving energy efficiency in the region, the REECS consortium and MARC staff gathered information from 10 communities, all of whom are members of REECS. This information is designed to serve as an information depot for sustainable practices throughout the region.