If you live in Kansas and want to reduce your energy costs by making your home more energy efficient, you can take advantage of a state low-interest loan program to finance the cost of the energy efficiency improvements. The Kansas City Power amp; Light Company, through its Energy Optimizer Program, will provide you a free programmable thermostat that can reduce your energy usage. And renewable energy systems such as wind and solar are exempt from property tax in Kansas.
Kansas Energy Efficiency Loan Program
If you need financing in order to purchase an energy efficient heating system or make energy conservation improvements at home, you can request a loan through the Kansas Energy Efficiency Program sponsored by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation in partnership with the Sunflower Bank. The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation funds 50% of the loan at zero interest up to a maximum of $10,000, and Sunflower Bank provides the balance.
You can request a loan to finance the cost of high efficiency central air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, ventilation systems, and water heaters. Installing or upgrading attic, floor, and wall insulation and making other weatherization improvements such as caulking, weather-stripping, air sealing, duct work and installing energy efficient windows and doors also qualify for the loan. And you can request a loan to purchase Energy Star® appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers.
Some of the energy efficiency improvements need to meet certain requirements. Furnaces must be Energy Star® with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 92% or higher. Boilers must be Energy Star® with an AFUE of 90% or higher. Heat pumps must have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14 and a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) in the range of 9.05. Central air conditioners must have an SEER of 14 or higher. New windows must have at least 2 panes of glass, low-emissive coatings, must be filled with argon or other gas, and must be made of wood, vinyl, or aluminum with a thermal break.
If you are interested in this loan program, you can apply directly at a Sunflower Bank branch or call them at 1-888-827-5564.
Free programmable thermostat
If you are a Kansas City Power amp; Light customer with a central air conditioner or heat pump, you can qualify to have a free Honeywell programmable thermostat – a $300 value – installed in your home. The free thermostat is part of the Energy Optimizer Program to manage energy consumption throughout the year. The programmable thermostat receives signals from Kansas City Power amp; Light to reduce the air conditioning load during peak demand periods, generally from June through September. During these periods your air conditioner compressor may be cycled off and on for 15-minute intervals for up to 4 hours. The air conditioning fan will continue circulating air. Kansas City Power amp; Light points out that these cycling events will not occur on weekends or holidays.
According to Kansas City Power amp; Light, you could save up to an average of 20% a year on energy costs, depending on how you set your thermostat. If you are interested in participating in the Energy Optimizer Program you can call Kansas City Power amp; Light at 1-866-882-4429, or apply online on their website at www.kcpl.com under “What is the Energy Optimizer Program?”
Property tax exemption
According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables amp; Efficiency, when you install a renewable energy system at home, the value of the system is 100% exempt from property tax in Kansas. The exemption applies to solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electric, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal electric, landfill gas, and biomass systems that are regularly used predominantly to generate electricity.