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belexus73 (bill griffith)

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Building code changes will give home buyers more numbers on energy efficiency

Westar's rate request is inappropriately targeted and they are asking for too much, I agree. But energy efficiency is one of the best ways to keep money out of their pockets and in the ratepayers. Caulk, insulate, upgrade appliances when able to, and use more efficient lighting.

August 3, 2013 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Building code changes will give home buyers more numbers on energy efficiency

The savings is built into the home and does not rely on the occupant. Much like an energy-efficient appliance saves money and energy even if the occupant could care less.

August 3, 2013 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rising rates

I understand you are talking about small conservation steps not energy efficiency programs. However, the ee programs have a far greater impact on saving consumers money than occasional fiddling with the thermostat or opening or shutting a window which depend upon the vagaries of an individual and the cooperation of everyone else in the household. The investor-owned utility system is a socialist system not a capitalist one and does not recognize market forces very well.

July 15, 2013 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rising rates

Higher gas and electric prices have historically not had a large impact on usage. For example, commercial and business operations rarely change their lighting, heating and cooling, and machinery because of a rate increase. Residential customers will not go out and buy a more efficient fridge, a/c unit, or furnace because of higher rates or probably change their habits of how they light their house. Their tv and clocks will still pulse along as usual. Changes in their heating and cooling decisions have been shown in the past to be more attuned to the weather than utility rates. Gasoline prices are easier to control because you have the foot on the accelerator or brake to control your usage or car pooling can come into play when their are sharper increases. Also, gasoline prices are subject to more price swings than utility rates and that does have a psychological impact on people.

July 15, 2013 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rising rates

Energy efficiency is becoming integrated in the business model of utilities across the nation due to its downward effect on rates-but the utility does need to have it structured so make a profit in a timely fashion. You could think of it of providing an energy service not just energy. The problem with a higher energy cost being an incentive for conservation is it ignores the archaic rate mechanisms that do not recognize anything other than centralized, large power plants and the world has moved on to other technologies. As far as "softening" rate increases you missed my point where I stated they still should earn a fair return on their money and while the rate may not necessarily be less, the customer would have access to ee programs offered by the utility which would lower their bill. I hope others give their feedback as you have. Thanks.

July 14, 2013 at 7:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rising rates

Westar should be blamed for not offering energy efficiency programs for their customers (and receiving a decent rate of return on them) to soften any rate increases. Burning coal is becoming more expensive as society is internalizing its costs rather than allowing our health system to absorb the costs.

July 13, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar Energy's proposal would increase rates for homes and small businesses, but decrease rates for big businesses

Westar executives are smart enough to read the tea leaves and besides they would not have an outright conversation on this in case they are on the witness stand under oath at the docket proceeding. It is class warfare make no mistake.

July 10, 2013 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar Energy's proposal would increase rates for homes and small businesses, but decrease rates for big businesses

Actually, if you want to ding Westar the hardest make sure you have the new LED bulbs in your home, use fans instead of a/c when bearable, and buy energy efficient appliances when it it time. This will cause your bill to go down as the rate goes up. Then purchase some solar panes-by law Westar has to accept your power into their system under the net metering statute that the private utilities hate but have to comply with.

July 10, 2013 at 8:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar Energy's proposal would increase rates for homes and small businesses, but decrease rates for big businesses

Correct-although CURB does try but they are under-budgeted and out-manned.

July 10, 2013 at 7:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )