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Colorado Approves $5,000 Electric Vehicle Credit
It's no secret the average motor vehicle has negative effects on our environment and pumps harmful gases into the air. To incentivize less traditional vehicles and more Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road, the Colorado state legislature has established important incentives for electric car buyers! On May 1st, 2016 the Colorado bill HB 1332 was approved, which sets a flat $5,000 credit for the purchase of a light duty EV. Electric vehicles are low-maintenance, less expensive to operate, fast, and quiet!
Learn about EV models, environmental benefits, tax incentives, and local charging station locations.
Holy Cross Energy's August Promotions
Sizzlin’ Special for Small Businesses
Promotion runs August 1 – 31, 2016     Promotion Rules
Small Business Owners that sign up for a complimentary walk-through audit in August from Holy Cross Energy and complete a project with a minimum investment of $1,000, will receive a bonus of $500! If you complete an electricity saving project for your business – lights, refrigeration, cooling, fan controls and more - you will get a $500 bonus from your friends at Holy Cross Energy. It doesn’t get much hotter than that! Act now as only the first 20 businesses that apply will receive this sizzlin’ offer. Sign up now or you will be left out in the COLD! Visit for offer details.
Facebook Contest     August Promotion
Submit a picture of your oldest working refrigerator or freezer (10-30 cubic feet in size) with year manufactured to Holy Cross Energy's facebook page and a random winner will get a $500 gift certificate to the appliance store of their choice (must recycle the old one). Rules apply.
 Last Actively Green Training of 2016
Attend the final Actively Green sustainable business training of 2016 and learn to reduce costs, increase marketing power, and engage employees. Join businesses like Sonnenalp, Montaneros, Beaver Divers, Encore Electric, and more in the movement to transform our community into a certified sustainable destination.

DATES: Wednesdays, August 24th & 31st from 1pm to 4:30pm
LOCATION: Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon
CONTACT: Kelsey Maloney

*Vail Valley Partnership Members can send two employees FREE of charge
*The first 15 businesses to reach certification in 2016 will receive 50% off
Where Does Your Energy Come From?
Holy Cross Energy has published their 2015 CO2 Emissions report. Read the full report here.
FREE Energy Upgrades for Income-Qualified Homes
The CARE program is committed to improving comfort & safety, and lowering energy bills, for home that are income-qualified. Locally Energy Smart Colorado at Walking Mountains facilitates this program. Potential FREE upgrades to those who qualify may include: air sealing, insulation, showerhead and faucet aerators, an EnergyStar™ refrigerator, water heater blanket, LEDs, pipe insulation, programmable thermostats, and more.  
If you meet the income guideline requirements, you may qualify.
For more information and to apply for the program:
Carbon Equivalents Saved
Energy Smart Colorado has had a significant impact on local greenhouse gas emissions by providing incentives and education that drive local energy improvements. Following are the carbon equivalents for Energy Smart Colorado's results to date in the Eagle Valley:
Energy Efficiency Financing Now Available With Fannie May "... an enhanced option for borrowers who want to finance energy and water efficiency improvements to their home. Borrowers with an existing, higher-interest energy improvement loan, can more easily roll that loan into a new mortgage or into a refinance of an existing mortgage. In addition, borrowers will have options to finance new energy upgrades when purchasing or refinancing a home." read more

Solar Now Required on New Construction in California Cities  "... an ordinance requiring rooftop solar systems for all new construction in the City of Santa Monica — both residential and commercial." read more

Clean Energy Bills for 2016 in Colorado  included is: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Clean Energy Financing read more

Megatrends Transforming the Construction Industry "Following both green policies and greener profits, commercial and residential builders in turn must pivot sharply to keep up with internationally increasing pace, priorities and pressure." read more

The Greenest Building is the One That's Already Built "While the drive to build new, green homes is admirable, the amount of existing dwellings that consume inordinate amounts of energy are causing more problems than we care to acknowledge." read more
Turn Your Ceiling Fan Counter-Clockwise in the Summer. Using a ceiling fan allows you to adjust your thermostat, lowering energy use, without sacrificing comfort. In warm weather, set your fan to turn counter-clockwise at a medium or high speed, providing airflow to cool you off. In cold weather, set the fan speed to low and change the blades to turn clockwise, helping draw warm air out and down. Turn fan off when you are not occupying the room for a while.
Use Less Hot Water. Using cold water  to wash hands, do laundry, and brush your teeth saves energy; as well as turning off the faucet while brushing teeth. Shower vs. Bath? taking a short shower (5 minutes or less) instead of a bath is the winner for using less hot water. Tip: create a 5 minute playlist of your favorite songs to help you shorten your shower.

Meet an Energy Smart Analyst

Sean Kerrigan, P.E. 

Sean Kerrigan, P.E. has over 25 years of professional engineering experience, and has been actively involved in the Colorado mountain area building community since 2001. Sean is a licensed BPI Analyst; he and his wife, Anne, work as a team to conduct residential energy assessments for the Eagle Valley Energy Smart Colorado program. Home energy improvement begins with knowledge. Sean and Anne are passionate about providing quality feedback to program participants.
Thank You ...
to the below partners for their generous support of Energy Smart Colorado at Walking Mountains Science Center. Their support helps make possible our work to increase energy efficiency.
We can help you find ways to reduce energy use, make your home or business more comfortable, and save money on your utility bills!
Enroll for a Home Energy Assessment (Homes)
Apply for a Rebate (Homes)
Apply for a Rebate (Commercial)
Contact: John-Ryan and Nikki at 970-328-8777 or
MISSION: Making energy improvements simple and affordable.

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