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Home Weatherization Can Lower Utility Costs This Summer
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Home Weatherization Can Lower Utility Costs This Summer

Programs Available to Help Low-Income Families

(KANSAS CITY, Ks) — With the average U.S. home almost 40 years old, weatherizing a home to protect it from elements like the heat, sunlight, and rain can increase energy efficiency and lead to savings on utility bills. Weatherizing reduces leaks around the perimeter of a home, which includes sealing air ducts, bypasses, recessed lighting, as well as cracks around windows, doors, etc. With a significant amount of energy usage from air conditioning, furnaces, etc., this added insulation can result in savings of 25 percent on some energy bills. A weatherized home not only reduces energy usage, it also helps the environment by reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming.

For those that might not be able to afford the upfront costs of weathering a home, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has weatherization assistance programs in all 50 states, helping more than 30,000 homeowners get weatherization assistance annually. Locally, the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income households cover the cost of heating, cooling, and energy efficiency improvements – free of charge. It’s funded by Department of Energy (DOE) and Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and regulated by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

At no charge, income-eligible families can receive a comprehensive home energy audit, assessing their entire home. Certified energy auditors will search a home, inside and out, looking for inefficiencies and safety concerns using advanced equipment and identify a customized account of areas for cost-effective improvements. The improvements will be provided free of charge by a network of professional crews and contractors. For more information or to enroll, go to www.ECKAN.org/weatherization/ or call 785-242-6413.

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 53,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.

 
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