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January is Radon Action Month!
Throughout the month of January Walking Mountains, in partnership with Energy Smart Colorado, Shaw Cancer Center, Eagle County Environmental Health and through a generous grant provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, free Radon Testing Kits are available at three locations throughout the Eagle Valley. For more information click here. The three locations to pick-up a radon test kit are:
Click HERE to read the Vail Daily article about Radon Action Month.
FREE Energy Upgrades for Income-Qualified Homes
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
Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community
A group of over 30 Eagle Valley stakeholders has worked together over the last year to develop a Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community. The plan calls for actions to reduce county-wide greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. As we ring in the new year, there are many actions that individuals, businesses, schools, and others can take to prevent climate pollution and project our community's health, environment, and economy. Thanks to all who contributed their time and expertise in developing this guiding inspirational plan! For more information contact kiml@walkingmountains.org.
View the CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
Actively Green - New Year, New Benefits
Make a New Year's resolution for your business by choosing to become Actively Green! This training and certification program will give you the know-how to make sustainability actionable in day-to-day operations and to create action plans to drive continued success. Being energy efficient is a great first step toward certification.
January training is free for Town of Avon businesses, and small Town of Vail businesses. 
The first 10 business to get certified in 2017 will receive 50% off first year fees. 
Register for ACTIVELY GREEN Trainings
REALTOR Training - 2 CE Credits
Attention, local Vail REALTORS! Learn about energy efficiency and the Home Energy Score. This class counts towards the Vail Pro Designation, and provides you 2 Continuing Education credits!
 
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
in the Home Buying Transaction

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 9-11 am
Location: Vail Board or Realtors; breakfast
REALTORS - Register for Class
New Tesla Showroom in Vail
Tesla has chosen Vail (inside the Solaris Plaza) as the location for its newest showroom. If you are curious about Electric Vehicles and want to take a closer look or a test drive, now is the time. Anyone that places a deposit before January 15th will receive free supercharging for life. Call John Whiteley for more info or to take a test drive: 720-369-9136
Tesla Vail Gallery: 970-306-4002
Click HERE to read the Vail Daily article about Tesla choosing Vail for a new showroom.
Electric Vehicles - Where to Charge Locally
and Things You Should Know about Electric Vehicles
Energy Smart has a quick informational sheet about Electric Vehicles (EV). Click HERE to Learn about EV models, environmental benefits, tax incentives, and local charging station locations. EVs are low-maintenance, less expensive to operate, fast, and quiet!

EV charging now at CMC!
Electric Vehicle Charging is available and ready to use at the Colorado Mountain College Edwards campus! This unit was procured by CMC through a grant from the State of Colorado, so the cost is zero to use for those who want to charge up their EV! Kudos to Colorado Mountain College for extending our local EV charging network!
Carbon Equivalents Saved in 2016
Energy Smart Colorado has had a significant impact on local greenhouse gas emissions by providing incentives and education that drive local energy improvements. In 2016 Energy Smart participants in the Eagle Valley collectively reduced 1,334 Metric Tons of CO2 through energy efficiency upgrades. 
Here are carbon equivalent savings:
In Vail-Carbon Monoxide Incident Serves as a Reminder to Check for Possible Hazards... 
CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas which is produced by the combustion of fossil fuels, including natural gas, propane, charcoal and wood. Exposure to CO levels above 35 parts per million for a period of two hours or more can cause flu-like symptoms, exposure to levels between 200 and 800 parts per million can cause dizziness, drowsiness and vomiting in less than an hour, exposure to levels exceeding 800 parts million can cause unconsciousness, brain damage or death within minutes. 

Report: Clean Energy Sector Employs Thousands Of Coloradans... 
Broken down by clean energy sectors, the report’s statistics show that 65% of the 62,000 are employed in energy efficiency, 22.6% in renewable energy, 5.0% in fuels, 4.0% in motor vehicles and 3.5% in storage/smart grids.

Big Businesses Going Green In Colorado, As Energy Advocates Eye Future... 
A growing number of big businesses are investing in renewable industry. They’re not only doing it for the environment and health benefits, but because it makes good economic sense.

Colorado, Nevada, Utah Collaborate On EV Charging Network... The states will start next year on a charging network to eventually connect over 2,000 miles of mostly interstate highways that include I-15, I-25, I-70, I-76 and I-80.

Test you home energy IQ... Find out if you are the brightest bulb when it comes to home energy use trivia!
Tips for Cutting your Heating Bills
Heating accounts for about 45% of energy use in homes on average during the winter.
Click HERE for a list of no-cost and low-cost tips. Here are a couple suggestions:
Maximize Windows and Window Coverings. Open your curtains during the day to let the sun naturally heat your home and close them at night to keep the heat inside. Invest in good window coverings help insulate when closed, and install them correctly.
Schedule Yearly HVAC Maintenance and Change Filters Regularly. Increase the efficiency of your Heating equipment by having it inspected and cleaned annually; this tune-up can spot intake blockages, mechanical & electronic failings, and will provide you cleaner air in your home. Keep your furnace running at peak efficiency and change the filter every 30 days.
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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