KCP&L Celebrates Earth Month With Customer Challenge

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KCP&L customers can save money and energy while contributing to a great cause

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 6, 2015) — KCP&L kicks off Earth Month by challenging Missouri customers to save a total of 6 million kilowatt-hours of energy in April. In return, KCP&L will make a donation to Bridging the Gap, a local environmental organization that provides environmental education and volunteer action to the Kansas City region.

Through KCP&L’s energy-efficiency programs, customers have already saved millions of kilowatt-hours of electricity. Now, in honor of Earth Month, KCP&L is offering six Home Energy Rebates to help residences and businesses save money, and together, meet our Earth Month energy savings goal.

“Energy efficiency is one of the best investments you can ever make; you always receive a strong return on your investment,” said Kristin Riott, executive director of Bridging the Gap. “By doing just one of the KCP&L programs, you will make a major impact for yourself and our environment.”

In addition, KCP&L is teaming with area Missouri retailers for Earth Month. Customers can look for special in-store displays for instant rebates on energy-efficient light bulbs.

“We’re excited to team with Bridging the Gap and area retailers to promote Earth Month and energy efficiency in our region,” said Brian File, KCP&L senior manager of energy-efficiency programs. “By participating in our programs, customers not only save money now, but they promote sustainability for many months to come.”

To help reach the Energy Month Challenge goal, Missouri customers can participate in these KCP&L rebate programs.

  • Air Conditioning Upgrade Rebate - By arranging to have your A/C system evaluated by a KCP&L certified professional, you can avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns, while also ensuring that your system is staying energy fit. In addition, if it’s time to upgrade, Missouri customers may qualify for KCP&L’s Air Conditioning Upgrade Rebate of up to $850 on a purchase of a new high-efficient unit. Visit kcpl.com/checkup.
  • Home Performance Rebate - Homes—old and new—often face energy-efficiency challenges. Get to the root of your issues with the Home Performance Rebate with ENERGY STAR®, a program that helps you evaluate your home from top to bottom and earns you up to $600. Visit kcpl.com/homeperformance (Available in KCP&L-GMO only)
  • Home Appliance Recycling Rebate - While a second refrigerator or freezer can be convenient, these older, inefficient appliances add to your energy costs. Getting rid of an appliance like this could save you up to $150 each year on your electric bill. With the Home Appliance Recycling Rebate you can earn $75 for each refrigerator, freezer or other qualifying appliance that you recycle. Plus, KCP&L will pick up and recycle the appliance free of charge. Visit kcpl.com/recycle.
  • Home Lighting Rebate - KCP&L Home Lighting Rebate Program offers discounted CFLs and LEDs through participating retailers to help customers reduce energy usage, save money, and protect the environment. Visit kcpl.com/lights.
  • Home Weatherization - Insulation, window caulk and other weatherization measures can reduce energy consumption by up to 35 percent. KCP&L's weatherization assistance program helps income-eligible families lower electricity bills by providing funds to complete weatherization upgrades. Visit kcpl.com/weatherization.
  • Business Energy Efficiency Rebate - Whether making basic improvements or completing a large custom project, our rebates help businesses lower the cost of energy-efficiency measures for their facilities. Visit kcpl.com/businessrebates.
To conclude Earth Month, KCP&L will present Bridging the Gap with a donation on behalf of all customers who have participated and will announce the total amount of energy saved during the challenge. Bridging the Gap and KCP&L work together on environmental projects throughout the year. Learn about all our rebate programs at kcpl.com/homerebates.

About Great Plains Energy:

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 Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company 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.