KCP&L Offers Tips to Reduce Energy

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KCP&L Offers Customers Tips to Reduce Their Energy Waistlines During the New Year

Kansas City, Mo. (January 2, 2014) – The New Year has arrived and while the holidays are slowly becoming a distant memory, the bills are not. That’s why January is the perfect time to do some circuit training and go on an energy diet.

“We are always looking for ways to partner with our customers to help them save energy,” said Kim Winslow, Director of Energy Solutions. “We want to provide our customers with several simple measures they can take to reduce their energy consumption and save money in the coming year.”

KCP&L wants to help you trim your energy waistline with a few tips to help you save money in the New Year.

Home Energy Diet Tips
  1. Trim your thermostat: Save 5 to 15% each year on your heating bill by dialing your thermostat down 10-15 degrees for 8 hours (at night or while the family is at work and school). See our video on how a programmable thermostat saves you money. 
  2. Detox your furnace filter: Clean or replace your furnace filter at least once each quarter to keep your heating and cooling system at peak performance and your home’s air cleaner.
  3. Remember to warm up: Open shades and drapes during the day to let the sun’s radiant heat in, and close them at sundown to reduce heat loss by up to 10%.
  4. Cut out the excess: Lower passive energy use with smart power strips. This one-time investment will stop your electronics from using electricity after you’ve turned them off. See our video on how to cut standby power loss. 
  5. Don’t overdo it: Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or lower. For each 10º F drop in temperature, you can save from 3%–5% on your water heating costs.
  6. Dress in layers: If you have an older hot water heater, add an insulation blanket to reduce standby heat loss.  
  7. Chill out: Set your clothes washer on cold for most loads, and clean your clothes dryer vent annually for optimal performance and fire safety.
  8. Drop a quick 300 pounds: Get rid of that old refrigerator in the basement or garage. Use the ENERGY STAR calculator to see what it’s costing you and what you’ll save by removing it.
  9. Lighten up: Replace burned-out light bulbs with LEDs. They cost more than CFLs initially, but they don’t contain mercury, and they have a much longer life span.
  10. Use a personal trainer: Our Energy Analyzer tool can help you identify other areas in your home where you can save energy. See video on how to use it. 

For more tips on how to reduce your energy usage this winter, visit http://www.kcpl.com/about-kcpl/the-wire-newsletter/2013/december/energy-diet.

About KCP&L:
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.