Kansas Residents Should Save Energy Amid Possible Rate Hikes

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Electric rates in Kansas may still increase, despite the approval of a proposal to reduce corporate tax rates in the U.S. to 21% from 35%.

However, this does not imply that utility companies in several states will promptly cut their rates. The Kansas Corporation Commission, for instance, wants a general investigation to determine how much money would be saved from the tax cuts.

Energy Saving Tips

Some Kansas residents’ power bills increase during the winter due to an increased need for heating and ventilation. The U.S. Department of Energy provided energy-saving tips for homeowners, including the use of heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet placed on the inside of window frames.

This prevents cold air from entering through cracks. Insulating drapes can also help in covering drafty windows. You should also consider investing in modern insulation systems, such as the Blow-In Blanket System (BIBS) insulation. In Kansas City and other urban areas, residents can keep their houses warm and their electric bills low by knowing how to use their fireplace.

Efficient Use

If your fireplace has dampers in the bottom of the firebox, these should remain open whenever you use it to reduce heat loss, according to the Energy Department. Otherwise, the damper should remain closed when not in use since warm air could exit through the chimney.

A lower thermostat setting between 50° and 55°F will also trap in as much as heat possible. Your fireplace may circulate warm air in the bedroom by installing grates made of C-shaped metal tubes. A heat-air exchange system also serves the same purpose. You may also improve its efficiency by adding caulking on the fireplace hearth.

Residents are normally unable to do so much when it comes to rate hikes, but controlling their energy usage is a different story. While some consumer groups lobby for lower rates, it is your responsibility to monitor your power consumption.