Thank our legislators |

Thank our legislators

Dear Editor:Now that the Legislature has adjourned, it is fitting to take a moment and thank our legislators for their hard work. In particular, thank you to Sen. Entz and Rep. Curry for supporting solution-oriented smart energy efficiency policy.Entz and Curry voted in support of House Bill 1133 and House Bill 1162, encouraging energy efficiency in Colorado. Improving energy efficiency means reducing the amount of energy used in our state without needing to change our lifestyle. HB 1133 would encourage utilities to implement natural gas efficiency programs like upgrades on hot water heaters or home energy audits. Natural gas is both costly and uses a great deal of our precious water, so decreasing our dependence is common sense and will move us to a cleaner and healthier energy future. HB 1162 would have set higher efficiency standards for 14 commonly used appliances like commercial freezers and traffic signals, resulting in an estimated savings of $535 million per year.Unfortunately, Gov. Owens has vetoed HB 1162, but HB 1133 is currently waiting for action by our governor. When passed into law it has the potential to save Colorado households $700 million.Thank you Sen. Entz and Rep. Curry for your support on this issue.Stephanie BoninEnvironment ColoradoDenver

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