The Flame - August 2012

In this issue:

  • New Events Added to Energy Conservation Fair
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Transit Schedule Changes Take Effect this Month
  • City Opens Grant Program for Homeowner Weatherization Assistance
electric cars

New Events Added to Energy Conservation Fair

Electric vehicle test drives, home energy savings workshop offered

Make plans to attend the 2012 Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event location map available online at www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/energyfair. The event is free and open to the public.

Throughout the day, fairgoers will have opportunities to view energy conservation exhibits and to consult with experts on how their products and services can lower utility bills and increase energy efficiency. Exhibitors will include area builders, architects, heating and cooling experts, government agencies, non-profits and alternatively-fueled vehicle representatives.

This year the Westar Energy ElectroGo program is presenting an opportunity for the public to learn more about electric vehicles at the Energy Fair. Adults 18 years and older will have the opportunity to ride in and drive an electric vehicle, either a Chevy Volt or a Nissan LEAF.

A free three-hour home energy savings workshop hosted by Westar Energy will equip participants with information to assess their home’s energy efficiency and make changes that can help use energy more wisely. The workshop will focus on heating and cooling equipment, air sealing (insulation, windows and doors), water heating, lighting and appliances. Those who register and attend the workshop will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a local home improvement store. To register, visit www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/energyfair.

The Sustainable Homes Tour will occur on Saturday, September 22 in conjunction with the Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair. The tour will showcase renewable energy building design, materials, construction methods and energy saving appliances. Tour tickets will be sold at the Energy Fair and buses will leave from the Energy Fair at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Lawrence Transit System will offer a free ridership day on the T on Saturday, September 22 in partnership with the Energy Conservation Fair For more information, visit www.lawrenceks.org/wrr.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is Parks and Recreation holding their annual Pooch Pool Plunge?

A: This year’s event will be held on Friday, August 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Outdoor Aquatic Center, 8th and Kentucky Streets. The Pooch Pool Plunge takes place after the pool is closed to humans for the summer and costs $5 per dog. Any dog participating must have proof of current shots and be under their owner’s control at all times. Pre-registration is not required but is recommended. Contact (785) 832-3450 for more information.

Transit Schedule Changes Take Effect this Month

people getting on the bus

The new Transit Guide is now available. The booklet includes bus information for both city and university routes. Riders can pick one up on the bus or at grocery stores. Adjustments to routes and schedules took effect on August 1.

Changes include adding two new routes. Route 27 will serve the University of Kansas to Haskell Indian Nations University.

Route 29 will serve 27th and Wakarusa to the University of Kansas.

Three routes had minor changes to routing and timing, and major changes were made to three other routes. Route 3, which serves downtown to the hospital and North Iowa industrial area, will move to Flex service all day. Instead of operating on a fixed route, riders will call to schedule a ride.

Log on to www.lawrencetransit.org for complete routing and scheduling information. Don’t forget - the city offers a mobile version of the transit website to keep you in the know when on the go!

City Opens Grant Program for Homeowner Weatherization Assistance

The City of Lawrence has funds available for weatherizing homes throughout Lawrence. Eligible improvements include attic insulation, storm windows and entry door weather-stripping.

In an effort to prepare Lawrence residents for cold weather, the Community Development Division of the Planning and Development Department will administer grant money provided through the Community Development Block Grant. The program has an emphasis on weatherization because when homeowners reduce the amount of outside air entering a home, energy efficiency is increased.

To be eligible for assistance through the weatherization program, homeowners must meet the following requirements:

  1. The home for which the application is being made cannot have received weatherization assistance from the city since January 1, 1993.
  2. The home must be owner occupied with no more than two dwelling units.
  3. Mobile homes are not eligible for this program.
  4. Annual gross family income cannot exceed the guidelines in the table below.
Family Size Maximum Income
1 $40,050
2 $45,800
3 $51,500
4 $57,200
5 $61,800
6 $66,400
7 $70,950
8 $75,550

Grants for energy-saving improvements do not require repayment.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for application is 5 p.m., August 31, 2012. Grant applications are available in the Planning and Development Services Offices at 6 1 Riverfront Plaza, on Level 1, Suite 110 or on the website at www.lawrenceks.org/pds/housing_programs. Call (785) 832-7700 for more information.