Much has been made in the news about Aspen's pursuit of sustainable energy and its efficiency programs. The city has always promoted energy and water conservation, and in 2006, it hired a full-time energy-efficiency manager to implement and oversee efficiency programs.
These programs, though voluntary, are aggressive and provide large benefits. They include residential and commercial incentives and rebates as well as professional home and commercial-building energy assessments and personal consultations for any Aspen resident or building owner.
We also offer scholarships and cost buy-downs to train and certify home-energy assessors. Aspen has become a leader in outreach, innovation, programs and efficiency, including making our own buildings as efficient as possible.
In addition, partnerships with other local, regional and national organizations have enhanced the work we do as an organization. We work with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Holy Cross Energy, Colorado Mountain College, the Energy Resource Center and SourceGas.
Aspen hosts an annual energy-efficiency conference, the Rocky Mountain Utility Efficiency Exchange, that brings participants from around the region and nation and spawns innovations in efficiency programs. Now in its seventh year, it has raised Aspen to the status of a leader in the field.
Most significantly, Aspen has facilitated more than 400 energy- and water-efficient appliance rebates, more than 400 residential energy assessments resulting in upgrades in 88 single-family and 519 multi-family units, 38 commercial energy assessments, 32 commercial upgrade projects and 13 city-owned building upgrades, to name a few.
If you haven't participated already, please contact our energy-efficiency office to learn more about current rebates and incentives for residential and commercial properties and to schedule an energy assessment of your property. The Aspen community does not dabble in energy efficiency - it is a leader.
Community relations director, city of Aspen