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Archive for September, 2009

Winter is on its way… Keep that cold air at bay.

As we enter the heating season, it’s important to make sure your furnace or heat pump is operating properly. Consider scheduling an appointment with a local heating and cooling business to have your furnace inspected to ensure the equipment is ready to go when it’s time to switch your thermostat to heating mode.

It’s also important to make sure that cold air isn’t leaking into your home unnecessarily. Check around windows and doors for air leaks. If you feel air coming through, or you believe your house may be a bit drafty, you may need to seal air leaks by installing new weather stripping or caulking around window, as well as adding more insulation in walls or attic spaces.

An easy way to determine if the weather stripping around your windows is worn out is the “dollar bill in the window sill” test. Open a window, insert a dollar bill between the window and the sill, then close the window. If you can easily pull the dollar bill out with the window closed, you may need to replace the seal around the window.

For more cold weather energy saving tips, visit the energy efficiency section of Westar Energy’s Website at www.WestarEnergy.com.

Automatic Bill Payment and Paperless Billing

Did you know Westar offers an automatic bill payment plan that gives you an efficient, convenient and less expensive way to pay your monthly electric bill?

Because you’re a subscriber to Westar’s Energy Efficiency e-newsletter, we thought you might be interested in this service that will save you time and postage.

You can set up automatic bill payment with either a checking or savings account with the deduction from you account generally occurring on your bill due date.

In addition, you can also select to stop receiving a paper statement. We will send an email each month notifying you that your bill is available for viewing through our secure online services.

Sign up for Automatic Bill Payment

New Energy Efficiency Programs

EfficiencyWorks is pleased to announce several new programs available to Westar customers.

WattSaver Thermostat Program

Join our innovative WattSaver program and receive a Free, professionally installed programmable thermostat for your home or business. The WattSaver program offers 24-hour customer service plus the ability to program your thermostat through any computer connected to the internet. As a WattSaver participant, you will receive a product/service package valued at $300.

By joining WattSaver, you become part of the solution to help balance the increasing demand with the supply of electricity in Kansas. The more participants who enroll in the program, the more we can significantly reduce the demand for electricity on the hottest days from June through September.

Reducing peak demand helps keep electricity costs affordable for all of us and promotes a cleaner environment through reduced energy consumption For more information about WattSaver, visit. http://www.WestarEnergy.com/WattSaver.

Building Operator Certification Training

Westar Energy is now licensed by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) to offer Building Operator CertificationĀ® (BOC) training in Kansas.

BOC training is a nationally recognized competency-based program for building operators and maintenance staff who are responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operation of large buildings with complex heating, mechanical and electrical systems. All commercial and industrial customers of Westar Energy are eligible to enroll in BOC training.

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EfficiencyWorks Certification Program for Realtors

By becoming an EfficiencyWorks Certified Real Estate Agent or Appraiser, you provide clients the opportunity to take full advantage of energy efficiency measures and designs when buying or selling real estate property.

Enroll in this continuing education course for four credits and learn how to market the “green” components of the properties you are buying or selling. Your clients in turn save money and learn how to live comfortably, through energy efficiency and environmentally-sensitive alternatives.

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