Residents and businesses save money with energy audits

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago August 28, 2014 Aug 28, 2014 Thursday, August 28 2014 Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:02:00 PM CDT in News
By: Samantha Ware, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - To save money, some residents and businesses are turning to saving energy. Columbia Water and Light offers free energy audits, or evaluations of how energy efficient a home or business is with tips on how to cut back.

Columbia resident Tyrone Turner owns two homes. Turner said he had an energy audit performed on both homes. While he experienced a savings in a home he's renting out, he's still waiting to see the results for himself. 

"I have more than one home, so I have some tenants that say they have noticed a big difference in their cooling bill. And we expect to see more savings on their heating bill. So we're looking forward to see[ing] what the saving really is going to be. Anytime you can save money in any way you can, I would highly recommend you take advantage of it. Economically, it's pretty economic to do this. Very, if any money out of pocket. So anything you get out of it, it's going to be a savings," Turner said.

Turner said his estimated savings on his utility bill is 35 percent.

Columbia Water and Light said businesses that switched to a more efficient lighting system saved more than $160,000 in 2014. Businesses can switch to the city's lighting incentive program, a program that upgrades the businesses lighting efficiency. The commercial customer can then be paid a rebate check up to $300 per kilowatt reduced, up to $22,500 or up to a 75 kilowatt reduction in the lighting system.

Columbia Water and Light doesn't have an estimated amount of money saved for commercial customers that have switched to different heating and air systems, but said customers have saved about $10,000 in solar electric for 2014. 

The city said it is trying to find ways to save the environment while saving money. 

"We look at internal operations. So, like, the energy efficiency of our facilities as well as other things, like recycling in the house, printing less, maybe ways we could do combined carpooling trips as well as encouraging our employees to bringing their own lunches. Or if we have meetings, for them to bring re-usable containers and not really have to purchase as much disposable," Office of Sustainability Manager Barbara Buffaloe said. 

The city said by doing smaller things like closing blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight during the day, people can also save money on their utility bills.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a decomposed body has been found near a bridge in a Kansas City... More >>
16 minutes ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 6:30:00 AM CST in News
LA MONTE - The Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed charges against three men after a home invasion Saturday night.... More >>
11 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The MFA Oil Break Time shootout featured talented athletes from all around Missouri on Sunday. There were six... More >>
12 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is looking for help identifying a truck believed to be involved in a hit... More >>
14 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:40:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm helped his team win the 2015 World Series title,... More >>
16 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:36:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Two people were arrested Friday in connection with a terroristic threat, according to an email from Columbia police.... More >>
16 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers responded to shots fired early Sunday morning in Columbia, according to a news release. ... More >>
17 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 1:26:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 20-year-old man is charged in an attack on a 12-year-old girl... More >>
17 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:51:01 PM CST in News
JASPER (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is taking recycling to the extreme by building a house made from everything... More >>
19 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A University of Missouri professor hopes his invention of a new mug that maintains the coffee's temperature... More >>
19 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:56:06 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new governor, Eric Greitens, is pushing to give the state the country's toughest penalties for... More >>
21 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri (CAAM) raised more than $1,500 Saturday night for the after-school program, Granny's... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:15:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:37:52 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is making a school choice measure called education savings accounts a priority... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:32:26 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The Mid-Missouri Solidarity March was organized by area organization to support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Counselors helped Columbia residents sign up for health care insurance Saturday, amid rising concern over the repeal of... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College hosted its first "Fallopian Fest" Saturday. Stephens College student and one of the directors of... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:54:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 38°
7am 38°
8am 37°
9am 38°
10am 38°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
6:30a
King of the Hill
7:00a
Cheaters
7:30a
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Celebrity Apprentice
9:00p
Timeless
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld