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You, too, can be Energy Smart

Dear Editor:

Being at the mercy of Mother Nature is tough. Skiers, riders, boaters, farmers, fishermen and the rest of us are all looking to the skies for more snow. But did you know you can actually do something about it?

Almost as fun and certainly as easy as snow dances, home energy assessments and efficiency upgrades actually help reverse the emissions trends that are warming up our climate. Energy Smart’s assessments, available in Pitkin, Eagle and Gunnison counties, cost just $100 and come with $200 worth of quick-fix upgrades that save an average of $200 per home year after year! That’s a huge net savings to wallets and to the climate.

Best of all, it’s simple to Protect Our Winters (which happens to be the name of the organization of professional ski athletes that campaigns for climate policy in Washington, D.C., and spreads awareness of the issue). A personal home energy adviser guides participants every step of the way to choose cost-effective upgrades, find a contractor and secure rebates and financing. As much as $500 from Energy Smart, combined with hundreds or thousands of dollars from your utility and loans, starting at just 3.75 percent interest, makes improvements affordable, too. And right now, Protect Our Winters will give a free membership to every new Energy Smart participant.

More than 1,500 Energy Smart households in the Roaring Fork Valley have already avoided as much carbon emissions as removing 500 cars from the road or 8 percent of the homes in Carbondale from the grid. Whether you want new windows, solar energy or just some simple upgrades, Energy Smart can help.

What are you waiting for? With Energy Smart, doing your part for the planet is easy, simple and affordable. A more comfortable home, lower bills and a snowy future await you.

Sign up at, or call 970-925-9775.

Amelia Potvin

Community Office for Resource Efficiency


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