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Research and Pilot Program

A culture of innovation begins with an investment in our customers and communities.

Evergy supports your energy usage in many ways and figuring out the best way to invest in our customers is important to us because we know it’s important to you. That's why we now have a Research and Pilot Program - a resource for assessing innovative and different ways we can support our customers, aside from our discounts.

Our current pilots include...

Appliance Recycling

This pilot is limited to Evergy Missouri West residential customers residing in St. Joseph, Maryville and surrounding areas. Customers with a Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs or Grain Valley address are also eligible.

An old refrigerator or freezer can be a home’s biggest energy waster. Evergy’s Appliance Recycling pilot offers convenient appliance pickups at no additional cost. Let us recycle your old, working refrigerator or freezer, and we’ll give you $75. Plus, get an extra $25 if you recycle your working room air conditioner or dehumidifier at the same time.

How it Works: An Evergy authorized contractor will pick up and recycle your old, working appliance either from an outside location (garage, porches, etc.) or from inside your home.

Limit of two large appliances (refrigerators and/or freezers) and two small appliances (room air conditioners and/or humidifiers) per residential account.

Call 888-338-7871 to confirm you are eligible or to schedule your pick-up appointment. You can also schedule an appointment online here.

Evergy also plans to host customer drop-off events and will communicate event details to customers in surrounding areas.

The last day for appliance pickups in 2022 will be December 10th. Pickup appointments must be scheduled by November 11th for us to serve you this year. Orders will not be accepted after November 11th.

Virtual Energy Management for Small Businesses

Evergy’s Virtual Energy Management for Small Businesses (VEM-SmB) pilot helps customers automate energy and facility management to make their buildings more efficient. This pilot is providing incentives that will cover 100% of the cost for a 3-year subscription-based energy management platform offered by our partner GridPoint. The subscription includes the installation of various measures such as a Smart Building Controller, Smart Thermostat, and an option for Zone or Lighting Controls.

Businesses must meet the following requirements to participate in Evergys’s VEM-SmB program:

  1. Be a Small Business in the Evergy Missouri service territory with 5 or fewer locations
  2. Attend at least one workshop offered by Evergy on optimizing the performance of energy systems in your business

If you are unsure if you qualify or you would like to participate in this pilot, email us at or call 816-772-1021.

Get Full Program Breakdown

Check out this overview video of GridPoint’s Energy Management system.

Zero Energy Ready - New Homes 

The Evergy Zero Energy Ready — New Homes Pilot supports building affordable, super-efficient,  single-family homes within the Evergy Missouri service territory. The program offers technical training and incentives for homes that meet the ENERGY STAR® certified homes requirements and/or the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready requirements.


This pilot is specifically supporting the local Kansas City non-profit organization, Good Samaritans Housing Equity (GSHE), which is currently building 42 high-efficient, zero energy ready homes for low-Income individuals and families. 


This pilot is a limited offer and closed to additional participants. 

Market-Rate Multi-Family

This pilot brings energy-efficient equipment rebates to market-rate multi-family residences. Properties can take advantage of two separate programs (or both for maximum savings) to make energy efficiency upgrades to tenant units.

  • The Standard Rebate program provides rebates of $50 to $700 on various appliances and heating and cooling equipment - Apply Now
  • The Direct Install program provides energy efficiency measures such as LED bulbs, efficient-flow kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, efficient-flow showerheads and advanced power strips for $20 per tenant unit - Apply Now
  • Properties must be all-electric, composed of three or more dwelling units, be individually metered under a residential rate code and be located within the Evergy Missouri territory

Not sure where to start? Take advantage of a Free Energy Assessment to identify the energy efficiency opportunities for your tenant units and follow-up with the offers above.
Disclaimer: Please note this program is specifically for tenant unit measures and not available for new construction or common areas.

If you would like to receive rebates for making energy-efficient upgrades to your property’s common areas, head here. Or for questions, give us a call at 816-772-1007.

Get Full Program Breakdown

Kansas City Low-Income Leadership Assistance Collaborative (KC-LILAC)

KC-LILAC is designed to bring local support resources together to offer the most comprehensive experience for customers who meet the low-income qualifications.

  • Focused in areas of energy efficiency, home health, structural repair and integrity
  • Meant to create a better, more widespread understanding of what is available for the low-income population
  • If you are interested in learning about what resources are available, or would like to see how you can contribute to KC-LILAC, please contact us at 816-414-4500, or

Power Check

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Evergy has partnered with the Kansas City and Mid-Continent Public Libraries to bring you a new way to understand and take charge of your home’s energy use. Missouri residential customers who are also Kansas City or Mid-Continent Library members, can check out an Evergy Power Check Device to identify electricity use of appliances and other devices around the house.

Customers take the device home and plug it into an electrical outlet. Then, you can plug various electrical devices into it to see the energy consumption and monthly cost to use. Simply follow the instructions provided on the device box when you check it out and track your results with this worksheet you can print or fill out digitally.

Once you’ve finished reading results around your home, you can determine if you need to upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances, or even unplug devices when not in use (because some devices use electricity even when not turned on, called a phantom load). 

Devices can currently be checked out at the following branches:

Kansas City Public Library:

  • Central Library 
  • North-East Branch
  • Waldo Branch
Mid-Continent Public Library:
  • Antioch Branch
  • Grandview Branch
  • Raytown Branch

Need help troubleshooting the device? Download the Kill-A-Watt user manual.

Not near the branches above? Contact the individual libraries or visit their websites to place a hold on an Evergy Power Check Device for pick-up at your preferred branch location.