The Board of Public Utilities announced an energy-efficiency conservation block grant tonight.
At the BPU meeting tonight, BPU officials said the grant would allow homeowners to get a rebate on new appliances, including air conditioning, heating and cooling.
The grant also allows household building improvements for low-income residents that would reduce energy leakage by 20 to 30 percent annually.
BPU officials said this grant was three years in the making. It will help encourage the residents of Wyandotte County to be more energy efficient, according to the BPU.
A joint project of the BPU and the Unified Government, the program may allow residents to save money on their utility bills, officials said.
The BPU also heard a presentation on what Cross-Lines Community Outreach does for the local community. Cross-Lines is involved in assistance to the needy, as well as energy efficiency and a community garden.
The BPU and Cross-Lines are sponsoring a 5K walk-run on July 19 called “Blackout for Lights On.”
The money from the project will help fund a lot of community projects that Cross-Lines is involved in, including a thrift store, community garden, and rent and utilities assistance programs.
Those who want to register or participate in this program may call Cross-Lines at 913-281-3388 or visit the website at www.cross-lines.org/.