Cold weather highlights home comfort and energy problems |

Cold weather highlights home comfort and energy problems

The cold weather of the past month has shown residents if their house needs better insulation.

Just in time, the Clean Energy Challenge offers Garfield County households a package of rebates for home comfort and energy efficiency improvements.

Participants who sign up for the challenge by Monday, Feb. 28, will be entered in a drawing to receive two lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort.

“This super-cold weather makes your home’s insulation and heating problems pretty obvious,” said Rob Morey, an energy coach with CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region, the nonprofit that is managing the Clean Energy Challenge.

Morey offered a list of the typical problems that crop up during severe cold weather:

• Frozen or broken water pipes inside your home or crawl space.

• Frost forming inside on doors, windows or walls.

• Snow melting on the roof in stripes corresponding with roof joists.

• Heating systems running almost all the time.

• Icicles forming on eaves.

• Drafts and noticeable cold spots in floors or walls.

• Frost forming on electrical outlets.

• Uneven warmth from one room to another.

• General lack of comfort throughout the house.

“If you noticed any of these problems during this cold weather, now is a great time to get a home energy audit and then act on the recommended energy efficiency upgrades,” Morey said.

The Garfield Clean Energy Challenge is offering a rebate of up to $200 to offset the out-of-pocket costs for a home energy audit. The challenge is also offering bonus rebates for home insulation and air sealing, furnace tune-up and safety checks, heat tape timers, and high-efficiency furnace, boiler and water heater upgrades.

Clean Energy Challenge rebates can be stacked on top of existing utility rebates for efficiency improvements offered by Xcel Energy, Holy Cross Energy or SourceGas.

The rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis through CLEER, using federal Recovery Act funds allocated to Garfield County.

Sign up for the Garfield Clean Energy Challenge by going to or call CLEER at 704-9200.

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