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Take advantage of energy audits

Dear Editor:

Energy has been a hot topic lately. Whether being addressed during the State of the Union or debated locally, I think we can all agree that using energy efficiently is a smart move.

Promoting greater efficiencies in our transportation fleets, industry and buildings reduces energy consumption and promotes a healthier lifestyle within our community. Often, increasing efficiency also saves money, both over the short and long terms.

For most folks, weatherizing (insulating and sealing) your home or business is one of the easiest ways to create a more comfortable living or working environment and save money on your energy bills.

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As Roaring Fork Valley residents we are in a particularly nice situation to capitalize on a variety of incentive programs. But don’t guess where you should invest your time and money – get an energy audit first!

An energy audit is the key component to understanding where a home or building’s energy is being used and wasted. It also provides essential feedback on what the most cost-effective upgrades would be.

Currently, a variety of local and regional organizations will rebate you the cost of your energy audit. For example, the city of Aspen’s “It Starts at Home” campaign essentially pays for the cost of a BPI-certified energy audit (a BPI audit provides one of the most comprehensive analyses available). SourceGas, Holy Cross Energy, Xcel and the Governor’s Energy Office all have incentive programs as well.

For many property owners, an energy audit will likely recommend increased insulation and/or sealing for the building’s envelope. Now, more than ever, is a particularly good time to act on these recommendations.

SourceGas is currently offering a 50 percent rebate (up to a $1,000) on insulation and sealing projects. And, the federal government is offering a 30 percent tax credit (up to $1,500 post rebate) on the cost of materials. So, let’s say you have a cold/drafty second floor, and an insulation project is going to cost $2,000. If you’re a SourceGas customer, you will receive a $1,000 rebate and a sizable tax credit. All told, that’s well over 50 percent off! And, you’ll save money on all your future heating bills.

There is money flowing into the green economy … here’s one chance for you to take advantage. For more information on audits, rebates or other energy-related questions please call CORE at 544-9808.

Nathan Ratledge

director, Community Office for Resource Efficiency


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