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A sound investment by Encana

Dear Editor:

Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley would like to extend a big “thank you” to Encana for their continued support. With their extra contribution, we were able to make our most recent house a net-zero home, for Violet and her family. This Habitat house in Rifle earned an unprecedented Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of zero (which translates to 100 percent better energy efficiency than the standard U.S. home!) The best prior score in Garfield County was a 12. Our other two homes in the group received a 25 and a 39. So, Habitat has built three of the 10 most efficient homes in the county.

As we partnered with Encana on our third home, in a three-home development, there was discussion about the possibility of not only building an energy-efficient home, but the most energy-efficient home in Garfield County, the first net-zero home. The Encana folks perked their ears up and pledged additional funding to make this vision of Habitat’s a reality. These energy-conscious building efforts were made possible thanks to Encana’s generous $46,000 donation through their community investment program. This was Encana’s second home sponsorship with Habitat for Humanity locally – they funded $40,000 on a duplex project in Rifle as well two years ago.

Encana’s community investment program was created to support the communities in which their employees work and live. Habitat for Humanity’s mission of affordable housing and energy efficiency lines up wonderfully with the objectives that Encana seeks out to support. Through the grants Habitat not only receives funding but also has work days with the Encana employees on our job sites – allowing them to see the tangible difference that is being made by their support in their own community. We have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with this great, forward-thinking company!

Violet, the new homeowner and a mother of two, is eager to see her first utility statement. Violet was used to paying an average of $1,000/month at her old dilapidated trailer; the efficiency of Violet’s new Habitat house should come as a relief. Violet reports that her son Alex and daughter Jasmine love their new home in Rifle, especially now that they are enrolled in the local schools and are getting a chance to meet other children.

Thanks to Encana, Habitat for Humanity RFV is helping worthy families obtain safe homes and making a generous contribution toward innovations in green building and energy efficiency. Thank you, Encana!

Crystal Wanner

volunteer coordinator, HFH RFV

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