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Winter is Fast Approaching - Is Your Home Ready?

There are many improvement projects that are reasonably priced, easy to complete, and can provide you with a winter of warmth and lower heating bills. Have you considered the benefits? Homeowners and Businesses, be in touch with Energy Smart Colorado before you start your projects, we are here to help advise you along the way. We can review your energy assessment with you, helping you understand your home and the top priorities for improved energy efficiency. 
Contact us at 970-328-8777 or eagle@energysmartcolorado.com.
Energy Smart Colorado can provide:

Preferred Contractor List

Home Energy Assessments
(required for an Energy Smart rebate)

Energy Smart Financing

Rebates for your Home

Rebates for your Business
 

CARE Helps 36 Income-Qualified Homes Save Energy

Over the last year, 36 homeowners and renters in the Eagle Valley have benefited from CARE – the Colorado Affordable Residential Energy program, facilitated by Walking Mountains Science Center. The CARE program brings home energy savings and increased comfort to those most in need of help. These income-qualified households have benefited from home energy assessments that evaluate how energy is used in the home, the occupants comfort, and health & safety measures. This past summer the Monreal Family of Eagle, CO were one of many that enrolled in the CARE program. Learn more about Energy Savings at the Monreal Household and how to get involved in the CARE program.
 
Photo of the Monreal family at home is above. Below shows their attic insulation improvement.


The CARE program at Walking Mountains Science Center, facilitated by Energy Smart Colorado, offers FREE Energy Upgrades for Qualified Homes; see income guidelines. We are committed to improving comfort & safety, and lowering energy bills, for homes that are income-qualified. FREE upgrades to those who qualify could include: air sealing, insulation, showerhead and faucet aerators, an EnergyStar™ refrigerator, water heater blanket, LEDs, pipe insulation, programmable thermostats, and more.
More information, and online application at:  http://www.energysmartcolorado.com/incomequalified.
 
Energy Smart Working within Our Community
The Villa Family Story of Energy Savings
The Villa Family Story of Energy Savings - Walking Mountains Science Center Energy Smart
We recently created a video about one of our participants.
CLICK on photo to play the video and learn more about the Villa Family 

Save Money with Community Solar!

GRID Alternatives Colorado has partnered with Holy Cross Energy to help qualifying members save up to 50% on their electric bill by offering no cost, 2-year community solar subscriptions. Space in this program is limited. Income qualifications must be met (see above). 

Contact: 303-968-1326 or colorado@gridalternatives.org

         

To apply, please attend one of the following meetings:

Tuesday, Nov. 8 - 6:00 pm
Gypsum Rec Center
Gypsum, CO

Wednesday, Nov. 9 - 6:00 pm
Walking Mtn. Science Center
Avon, CO
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN for the Eagle County Community

A group of over 30 Eagle Valley stakeholders has worked together since the beginning of 2016 to develop a Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community. The general public was invited to attend community open houses in September to learn about the draft Climate Action Plan and provide feedback. If you missed the open house you can still provide feedback, see below.
Where Our Climate Pollution Comes From

This chart shows where our Climate Pollution comes from
 
  • Data: Eagle County 2014 greenhouse gas inventory
  • Total = 1.4 million tons CO2 per year
  • $243 million per year spent on fuels and electricity
CLICK HERE to view a draft summary of the Climate Action Plan.

CLICK HERE for more background on this project, and for supporting documents.

CLICK HERE to take a survey to provide your feedback on the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community (or click the red button below).
TAKE THE SURVEY - Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community
 
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:
Colorado Energy Office, GRID Alternatives Announce Holy Cross Energy Community Solar Project https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Colorado%20Energy%20Office,%20GRID%20Alternatives%20Announce%20Holy%20Cross%20Energy%20Community%20Solar%20Project.pdf

Vail Valley’s Habitat for Humanity expands eligibility rules http://www.vaildaily.com/news/vail-valleys-habitat-for-humanity-expands-eligibility-rules/

Local climate change mitigation plan heats up http://www.vaildaily.com/news/local-climate-change-mitigation-plan-heats-up/

Walking Mountains Science Center’s LEED Platinum Certified facility in Avon Celebrates 5 Years http://www.walkingmountains.org/2016/08/walking-mountains-science-centers-avon-campus-celebrates-five-years

Home Energy Performance Is Key to Avoiding the Next Mortgage Crisis http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_06_30_home_energy_perf_key_to_avoiding_next_mortgage_crisis

LEDs Light Up Indoor Farming and Marijuana Cultivation https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/LEDs-Lighting-Up-Indoor-Farming-and-Marijuana-Cultivation 

6 Questions with a Lighting Expert http://energy.gov/eere/articles/revolutionnow-rewind-6-questions-lighting-expert

How are Building Energy Codes Developed? http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/how-are-building-energy-codes-developed
Maintain Heating Systems. Schedule for service as required to keep it operating efficiently. Replace furnace filters once a month, or as needed. CLICK HERE to learn about maintaining your furnace or boiler. Or, for maintenance recommendations for wood and pellet-burning appliance CLICK HERE.
Program the Thermostat. When using heat, program your thermostat to be 10-15 degrees lower when you are away and sleeping, at least 8 hours a day; it may save you around 10% a year on your heating/cooling costs. CLICK HERE to learn how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings.
Install a SMART ThermostatWhy? Because they learn from your behaviors and allow you to control the climate in your home remotely. They even show you energy consumption in real-time. CLICK HERE to view 2016 Top Ten Programmable Thermostats Reviews. Energy Smart Colorado will provide a rebate for your new SMART thermostat (if you've already had a home energy assessment with us). To qualify for our rebate it must have learning functionality, motion detection, and remote programming capability; limit one per customer, $125 cap. To apply online for a rebate CLICK HERE.
Prevent Heat Loss. As the snow begins to fall in the Vail Valley this winter take a look at your roof... Are there portions of the roof that hold snow and other areas that melt much quicker? This could be an indication of heat loss through your attic hatch or other penetrations such as can lights. This type of heat loss can cause significant ice damming through the winter as well as wasted energy.
Energy Smart Colorado attends the annual Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange
The Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange conference is an annual event allowing utilities, governments, contractors, and nonprofits an opportunity to learn about new and tested technologies in energy efficiency. It provides an atmosphere conducive to fostering relationships, sharing best practices and encouraging future partnerships for implementing energy efficiency with big impacts. All this allows us to provide you with the best information available.
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 eagle@energysmartcolorado.com
MISSION: Making energy improvements simple and affordable.

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