You get a bill from your utility company every month and you pay that bill, not thinking a thing about it. You look at it and briefly make the mental determination that it was either lower then you thought or higher than you had expected. If it’s higher (which is usually is) you get frustrated thinking there is nothing you can do about it and silently curse the utility company just a little bit. You blame them for high costs and fees. KCP&L customers have been enjoying an additional ‘report’ with their bill in the form of a “Last month Neighbor Comparison.” This interesting graphic shows your compared personal KWh usage to your most efficient neighbors (the top 20%) and all your neighbors (100% of the homes nearest to yours) combined. It shows your percentage of efficiency. Have you paid any attention to it?
How efficient is your Attic insulation?
Your bill and the efficiency report reflects not only how well your air conditioner is working, but how well insulated your attic is. If your equipment is less than 10 years old but your home is older than 20 years and you have not had any insulation added to your attic, chances are your bill and the low efficiency comparison in your report, is directly related to your lack of effective insulation in your attic. See for yourself. Go up to your attic and take a measuring stick with you. Put the stick into the blown insulation on the floor of your attic. Does it measure 13” or more? If not, your attic could use more insulation! Look to the roof of your attic. Is there insulation there? Is it filling every cavity you can see? If not, your energy bill reflects it.
How much will I save on attic insulation?
You will save an estimated 20-50% on your utility bills with an attic insulation installation. According to the Metropolitan Energy Center in Kansas City, an additional 12” of insulation in your attic makes a very big difference.
You can change the results of your “Last Month Neighbor Comparison Report” by having a professional, local, Kansas City insulation company provide you with more insulation. Be in the top 20% and increase your energy efficiency and lower your energy bills!