KCP&L partners with community action service to help low-income customers reduce energy bills

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Homeowners in the Kansas City area are taking advantage of a weatherization program to reduce their electric bills during all four seasons.

Brian File, KCPL

Brian File, KCPL

They’re receiving a free energy audit of their home through KCP&L and United Services. Experts go through the home and determine where upgrades are needed.

“We’re doing an initial audit with our partners, United Services, who come out and do a blower door test so they can test the infiltration of air into the home to determine where they might need air, ceiling and possibly insulation for the home. Then they’ll go through and also look for ways to upgrade appliances, possibly air conditioner to make sure it’s tuned up and running properly here as we’re in the hot summer days,” said Brian File, Manager of Products and Services for KCPL.

The inspectors put a large fan in the door to test air pressure inside the home “to determine where there might be leaks, where air might be getting out so that you’re heating or cooling the outside, which is not what anybody wants to do,” File said.

After the home energy analysis is complete, United Services and KCP&L will return with contractors to do the weatherization measures.

All of these measures are free to the homeowner as part of this weatherization program.

Income guidelines for the program are posted on kcpl.com.

The customer could receive up to $7200 worth of free upgrades on their home.