Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2010

BPU offers ‘Energy Smart Home’ program

November 18, 2010

The Board of Public Utilities has launched a new Energy Smart Home program for residents and businesses in Wyandotte County.

The Energy Smart Home program is part of a collaborative effort between local government and utilities to promote energy conservation through energy efficiency improvements in existing homes.

BPU is an official partner with the Kansas Corporation Commission, which will provide no-interest loans through the state’s Efficiency Kansas Revolving Loan program to BPU customers. The program allows a homeowner to borrow up to $20,000 for audit-approved energy improvements, and small commercial businesses may borrow up to $30,000.

Any Wyandotte County homeowner, landlord with an existing home or small business can apply for the low-cost effective energy loan program. An applicant is required, however, to schedule an energy audit by certified auditors that have met the criteria established by the Kansas State Energy Office. The audit will consist of a thorough inspection and evaluation of the residence energy use and energy loss, inside and out. The auditor will then follow up with an Energy Conservation Plan that recommends cost effective energy upgrades.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., is also providing a financial incentive program to help minimize out-of-pocket costs for applicants and to assist with the energy audit costs. This program allows homeowners to get an energy audit worth up to $600 for just $100.

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