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Ski towns square off in energy challenge

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen, Crested Butte and Vail compete for skier days every winter, but this March the towns and their counties will go head to head for energy assessments in the Energy Smart Challenge.

In 2010, Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison counties all received Department of Energy grant funding to offer the Energy Smart Program. Now, in the third year of the program, it’s time for a little friendly competition.

The Energy Smart Challenge will kick off Friday and end on Earth Day, April 20. Every homeowner who signs up for an energy assessment during the Energy Smart Challenge will be entered into a raffle for a free pair of custom, locally made skis. One participant from the Aspen/Snowmass area, including Basalt, Redstone, Marble and unincorporated Pitkin and Eagle counties within the Roaring Fork Valley, will win a pair of custom-made Double Barrel Meier skis from beetle-killed pine.

Besides bragging rights, the winning county also will receive recognition on the Energy Smart and Protect Our Winters websites and an Energy Smart pizza party for the community.

“Since the program began, we’ve facilitated 3,111 home energy assessments and 1,439 home energy improvements,” said Amelia Potvin, the Energy Smart Program manager in Pitkin County. “The Energy Smart Challenge is a way to encourage more homeowners to take advantage of the Program.”

An energy assessment identifies issues in the home and opportunities for improvements that will save the homeowner money and increase comfort. Through the Energy Smart Program, the assessment, which has a $300 value, is available for $100 and includes quick fixes to the home. The program also offers rebates, financing and technical assistance to help residents and homeowners’ associations move forward.

To sign up for a home energy assessment, visit http://www.energysmartcolorado.com.

For more information about the Energy Smart Challenge, contact CORE at 970-925-9775 or energy@aspencore.org, or visit http://www.energysmartcolorado.com.


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