Aspen Energy Challenge for Homeowners
DID YOU KNOW? The single largest contributor to Aspen’s emissions is from energy used in the residential sector? That means our homes are consuming more energy than Aspen’s cars and buses, more than all the hotels and restaurants, more than the airport! Don’t believe us? Learn more here.
Cash Back RebatesOnce you receive your assessment, our rebates will help you move forward with the recommended upgrades. With up to $1,000 for energy efficiency rebates and up to $6,000 for renewable energy systems, Energy Smart Colorado has cash to help you save energy. Check out the numerous rebates provided to you by: The City of Aspen, Holy Cross Energy, SourceGas and Energy Smart Colorado.
Get a Home Energy AssessmentEvery home is different. The Home Energy Assessment provides a comprehensive evaluation that outlines how your home uses energy, so you can know exactly how to save energy and improve your comfort. During the assessment “quick-fix” energy savers, like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats are installed so homeowners begin saving energy immediately. Help Aspen win by joining the hundreds of others who have had an Energy Assessment.
Change Out Your Air FiltersOne of the simplest things you can do is change out your home air filters. On average, over half your energy bill comes from your HVAC system. This system brings in air, conditions it and passes it through your home. A clogged system has to work harder and can therefore increase your heating and cooling to 5-15%. The EPA estimates that routinely changing the air filter can save the average homeowner 5-15%.
Filter Easy provides filters–homeowners selects the size of the filter and how often they want to change them out and then Filter Easy delivers the filters directly to the home. All Aspen Energy Challenge participants will receive the first shipment of filters FOR FREE. At checkout use the promo code “ENERGY”.
Swap Out your Light BulbsAs compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs use at least 75% less energy, and can last 25 times longer. Get up to 50% of your project cost back in rebates from Energy Smart Colorado and your utility provider.
Insulate and Air Seal
This can make a significant difference in the comfort of your home—and on your utility bills.
Step 1) Sign up for a Home Energy Assessment first to understand where insulation is needed.
Step 2) Click here to view a list of insulation contractors
Step 3) Once your project is completed, you can apply for rebates of 25% of project cost up to $500 from Energy Smart Colorado as well as rebates from your utility provider.
Install Heat Tape TimersSet the timer so the system only runs during daytime hours. Make sure the heat tape is turned off after the last spring snow. Get 25% of project cost up to $500 back from Energy Smart Colorado as well as rebates from your utility provider.
Install a Programmable ThermostatWhen used properly, a programmable thermostat could save you up to $150 per year. PLUS, get 25% of project cost up to $500 from Energy Smart Colorado, as well as rebates from your utility provider.
Your old thermostat may contain mercury. When replacing your old thermostat, remove the cover and look inside. The thermostat has mercury if there is a glass ampoule (or ampoules) containing a silvery liquid. If it contains mercury, your thermostat must be disposed of properly. Click here to view a list of drop-off locations that will recycle your old thermostat.
Tip: To maximize your efficiency, set your thermostat no lower than 78°F in the summer and no higher than 68°F in the winter. When leaving on vacation set the “hold” button at 55°F.
Purchase an Efficient Refrigerator or Make a Simple ImprovementRefrigerators are one of the home’s largest energy consumers so if you are purchasing a new one, make sure it is Energy Star rated. Click here to view rebates for efficient refrigerators.
If a new fridge is not an option, improve the efficiency and lifespan of your existing one by cleaning out the refrigerator coils. Watch this how-to video and in 30 minutes or less your refrigerator should be more efficient!
While you’re at it, check the temperature in your fridge (recommended 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit) and freezer (recommended 0 degrees Fahrenheit).
Go Solar!The price of residential solar has dropped 45% since 2010. In addition, with rebates from Energy Smart Colorado and your utility provider, plus the federal tax credit, you could get over half of your system paid for!
Step 1: Call a local solar installer. Here is a list of installers in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Step 2: Get solar on your roof
Step 3: Apply for rebates and get cash back!