KCP&L Offers Customers Tips to Reduce their Energy Waistlines in the New Year

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Kansas City, Mo. (January 12, 2016) – The New Year has arrived, and for some that means budgets are tight from spreading yule tide joy over the holidays. Let KCP&L help you make a New Year’s resolution you can stick to and will help put some money back in your pocket. Toss your tennis shoes aside, it’s time to buckle down on your home energy usage and make January the perfect time to go on an energy diet with a goal of saving money.

“We are always looking for ways to work with our customers to help them save energy,” said Kim Winslow, Director of Energy Solutions. “Our energy diet provides 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 five tips to help you save money in the New Year. 

Top 5 Energy Diet Tips

  1. Looking for a free personal trainer? Check out KCP&L’s Energy Analyzer! Once you've registered for a KCP&L online account you can get your energy usage information through the Energy Analyzer tab in your account. Just select "What uses most," fill out a brief questionnaire, and get personalized tips on how to save and put money back in your pocket.
  2. Use sunlight to your advantage this winter. Open curtains during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
  3. Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save up to $75 each year. 
  4. Is your snow-covered laundry piling up? Wash your laundry in cold water. Breaking the hot wash habit can save you up to $115 a year. And it’s what the newer detergents were designed for so start saving today.
  5. It isn’t winter without a crackling fire, but don’t let your energy bills go up with the smoke. Proper chimney maintenance -- like sealing your fireplace flue damper, caulking around your hearth, and installing tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system to blow warmed air back into the room -- will help keep warm air in your house and cold air out.

For more tips on how to reduce your energy usage all year long visit http://www.kcpl.com/energydiet.

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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.