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Being energy-smart has its payoffs

Dear Editor:

We congratulate Chris Lane and his family on their impressive home-efficiency improvements, solar energy, conservation practices and the new Chevy Volt! And thank you to Scott Condon for a thorough account of the investment and incentives associated with the switch to a sustainable lifestyle (“An electrifying situation in Basalt,” Dec. 13, The Aspen Times).

Households in the region that want to follow the Lanes’ example are currently eligible for additional rebates beyond what was available even just two years ago. Community Office for Resource Efficiency’s Energy Smart program offers a rebate of $500 on top of incentives from CORE and utilities. In total, your family may be eligible for as much as $23,000 in local rebates, plus almost $8,000 in federal tax credits. With the Energy Smart loan, now available throughout the region, monthly payments equal to or less than utility-bill savings can cover the remaining out-of-pocket costs.

The Lanes started with a home-energy assessment. Right now, Energy Smart assessments are just $50. This price is valid for any assessment completed in January if the resident signs up by Dec. 31. This service is valued at $400 and includes energy and cost-saving quick-fix measures installed on the spot, plus detailed recommendations for further improvements. After Jan. 1, the homeowner copay for assessments will be $100.

Why not set a New Year’s resolution to be a leader in your neighborhood? A combination of efficiency, conservation and renewable power makes a substantial difference for the planet. With CORE here to help, a low-impact lifestyle has never been easier or more affordable.

Call us at 970-925-9775 or sign up at

Happy holidays!

Amelia Potvin

Energy Smart Program

Community Office for Resource Efficiency

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