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 GreenDot Why should I care about energy efficiency?
 
 GreenDot What are “waste less” energy changes?
 
 GreenDot What are the benefits of increased energy efficiency and wasting less energy?
 
 GreenDot Who can help?
 
 GreenDot What is the cost of an energy analysis?
 
 GreenDot What happens if I prefer to complete some of the work outlined by the analyst myself and not hire a contractor?
 
 GreenDot How do I pay for the energy upgrades?
 
 GreenDot What can I do to improve the energy efficiency of my home or business?
 
 GreenDot How can I become a certified contractor or analyst?
 
 GreenDot What is deconstruction and is my home eligible to be deconstructed?



























Why should I care about energy efficiency?
Simply put—being more energy efficient means you reduce wasted energy. The energy that you use and pay for should be used in a way that is beneficial for you, your family and your employees—not wasted through energy inefficiencies in the roof, outlets, doors, or windows. Make the most of the energy you pay for by upgrading and improving your home or business. Combining both “waste less” energy changes and efficiency could lead to substantial energy savings!
 
SwitchplateWhat are “waste less” energy changes?
Waste less energy changes  are actions you can take to reduce wasting energy in and throughout your home or business.
 
What are the benefits of increased energy efficiency and wasting less energy?
Benefits to improving your home’s or business’ energy efficiency include:





Minimized energy usage
Reduced energy waste
Increased comfort
Increased home or business health
Potential energy savings
Conservation of the country’s resources
 
EnergyAuditorWho can help?
The Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) is a knowledgeable resource; able to provide answers to your questions, share financing resources with you, and direct you to certified energy efficiency analysts and contractors.
 
What is the cost of an energy analysis?
Energy evaluations vary in price ranging between $400 - $600 in Kansas City, Mo. A variety of financing incentives are available through EnergyWorks KC.
 
CeilingSwitchWhat happens if I prefer to complete some of the work outlined by the analyst myself and not hire a contractor?
Inform your analyst if you prefer to make the improvements and upgrades yourself. Financing incentives are available to those who qualify and use a certified energy efficiency contractor.
 
How do I pay for the energy upgrades?
The The Metropolitan Energy Center can help with financing incentives.
 
MeterEWKCWhat can I do to improve the energy efficiency of my home or business?




Securely close doors and windows and reduce frequency doors/windows are opened
Securely seal windows and doors against air
Turn off and unplug electronics when not in use
Avoid spiking the temperature in your home or business, consider layering clothing, as necessary
Maintain your energy equipment
 
What is deconstruction and is my home eligible to be deconstructed?
Deconstruction is the process of selectively removing materials from a building that is prepared to be demolished. Examples of salvageable materials, that can be reused or recycled, consist of doors, sinks, windows, hardwood floors, among others. This process differs from demolition since materials are not destroyed. Reusing materials rather than using energy to create new, preserves the Earth’s resources and redirects these items from the landfill.
 
Contact Habitat ReStore if you would like your home assessed to determine its eligibility for deconstruction.
 
NRELwebHow can I become a certified contractor or analyst?
Contact the Metropolitan Energy Center to learn more about the certification process for contractors and/or analysts.
 
 
 



























































 











 






 



 
 


    
 
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