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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 29, 2012

EnergyWorks KC provides homeowners incentives and rebates for energy conservation

EnergyWorks KC (EWKC) is assisting Kansas City, Mo., home and business owners by providing resources that support energy-conserving improvements to their buildings.

“Kansas City residents and businesses are keenly aware of rising energy costs and are ready to take action,” said Gerald Shechter, co-director for the EWKC program. “EWKC helps property owners save energy and money. The key step for them is to sign up for an energy analysis to find out just how much they could be saving through specific improvements. With various news reports introducing possible energy rate increases and the end of some rebate programs, now is the time to act.”

EnergyWorks KC is a citywide program managed by the City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Environmental Quality. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and is made available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

EWKC provides participating residents with individualized energy-efficiency upgrade recommendations via an energy analysis and then assists in selecting local, certified professionals to make cost-effective improvements and obtain financing assistance to make such improvements more affordable. Although improvements vary depending on the property, many have included additional insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, heating and cooling system upgrades and lighting improvements.

“We are happy that we can assist Kansas City, Mo., property owners conserve energy and save money at the same time,” Shechter said. “There really is no downside for residents, because they learn where they can make improvements to save money and then we help them find qualified personnel and financing assistance to make the upgrades. It’s important to take advantage of current financing incentives as they’re only available for a limited time. EWKC really is a great resource for home and business owners.”

Interested residents and business owners can sign up for an energy efficiency analysis by calling 816-531-SAVE or visiting www.energyworkskc.org.

For media inquiries regarding EnergyWorks KC, please contact Danielle Baulckim, EnergyWorks KC marketing coordinator, at 816-513-3473 or danielle.baulckim@kcmo.org, or visit www.kcmo.org/EWKC.

About EWKC: EnergyWorks KC is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant provided by the Department of Energy. Its goal is to complete 2,000 conversions by April 2013.

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