September 16, 2022
This spring, Mid-Continent Public Library partnered with Evergy to launch the Power Check Device Program, aimed at helping local residents become more energy efficient at home. You can reserve one of the Power Check devices through the Library’s online catalog and pick it up at your local branch. The devices are simple to use and provide helpful information about your home’s energy usage that could translate to savings.
We recently sat down with the experts at Evergy to learn more about home energy use, and they shared these tips and insights:
Q: What steps can I take to save money on my energy bills?
A: There are lots of things you can do to save money on your energy bills! Evergy has programs available that can help you take control of your energy use and start saving.
- At-Home Tips – Did you know there’s all kinds of things you can do at home for free to be a little more energy efficient? Things like keeping air vents unobstructed and changing the direction of your ceiling fans in the summer or winter can help your HVAC system run more efficiently and potentially lower your energy bills. Visit Evergy.com/WaysToSave to find more free energy saving tips.
- Replacing Your Heating and Cooling System – Up to half the energy you use at home goes to heating and cooling. If your equipment is more than 10 years old—or not keeping your home comfortable—replacing it with high-efficiency equipment could save you up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. You could also receive a rebate from Evergy for upgrading to high efficiency. Visit Evergy.com/Rebates for more information.
- Income-Eligible Support – Receive financial assistance when you weatherize your home, reducing energy use by up to 35 percent. Customers must meet income eligibility requirements. In select zip codes, customers can schedule an Energy Savings Kit appointment, during which, an Evergy Energy Efficiency Professional will come to your home and install energy-saving measures like LED bulbs, shower and sink faucet aerators, and efficient power strips—all for free. Visit Evergy.com/Esk to schedule your appointment, or visit Evergy.com/Weatherization to learn more about weatherization.
- Check out an Evergy Power Check Device from the Library! – Library customers can check out a Power Check Device, plug it into select appliances and devices at home, and measure their energy use.
Q: How do the Evergy power check devices work?
A: Customers take the device home, plug it into an electrical outlet, and then plug various electrical devices into it to see the energy consumption and monthly cost to use. Simply follow the instructions provided on the device box when you check it out, and track your results with this worksheet you can print or fill out digitally.
Q: How will the Evergy Power Check Device Program help me?
A: Once you’ve finished reading results with the Power Check Device around your home, you can use the results to determine if you need to upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances, or even unplug devices when not in use. These actions could result in costs savings.
Q: What other programs does Evergy have to help me save on my electric bill?
A: Evergy has numerous incentive programs available to its Missouri residential customers to help you save on your electric bill. Rebates are available for heating and cooling equipment updates, insulation and air sealing services, smart thermostats, and more. Call (855) 907-6930 to speak with our Customer Service Center to learn more about the programs available to you.
For more information about the Evergy Power Check Device Program at the Library, visit mymcpl.org/PowerCheck.
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