Since its launch last November, Efficiency Kansas, the state’s new energy-efficiency loan program, has focused attention on the value of residential energy audits.


     Since its launch last November, Efficiency Kansas, the state’s new energy-efficiency loan program, has focused attention on the value of residential energy audits. Energy auditors inspect homes to identify energy-saving measures that reduce energy costs, while increasing comfort and safety.  
     “The energy audit is the key to identifying the upgrades that make the most sense,” said Ryan Freed, who manages the $34 million Efficiency Kansas loan program, at the State Energy Office, a division of the Kansas Corporation Commission. “Following an inspection of the property, the energy auditor provides the homeowner with a list of recommended improvements, the cost of which is covered by the estimated savings.” 
    Currently, 53 energy auditors are qualified to work with Efficiency Kansas. Many of these are contractors that added energy auditing to the services they offer in their heating and cooling, insulation, and remodeling businesses. To kick off the program, the State Energy Office is offering a $350 rebate towards the cost of the energy audit for the first 1,000 customers.
     While the number of auditors actively working in the state has increased significantly since Efficiency Kansas began ramping up — from around 10 to 53 — more are needed, particularly in western Kansas.
     Two upcoming trainings are intended to help fill that gap. 
     The first of these week-long energy auditor trainings will be June 14-18 in Hays at the North Central Kansas Technical College’s Big Creek Training Center, 101 Main St. The training is provided by the Energy and Environmental Training Center of Kansas City, in affiliation with Metropolitan Energy Center and the North Central Kansas Technical College. 
     The second training, also provided by EETCKC, is scheduled for June 21-25 in Wichita at the Inn at Willow Bend, Conference Room, 3939 Comotara.
In addition to attending the training, participants must pass an exam, complete a field data collection test and successfully submit two audits for desk review to be certified.
     For more information about the trainings or to register, contact Shery Greene (Shery.EnergyTrainingCenter@gmail.com or 816-377-3738) or visit the EETCKC website (www.eetckc.com).