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Helping homeowners, businesses save money by saving energy

Meet Your Merchant
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

What does your business do?

Energy Efficiency Solutions (EES) provides residential and commercial energy audits and remediation. We use a testing system that combines blower door technology with infrared imaging to determine precise leakage areas and the quantity of leakage. We then make recommendations to the consumer about what they can do to fix the issues and provide services to do that work for them (if they’d rather not try to do it on their own).

What sets your business apart from the competition?

There are many companies that can perform energy audits and consultations. However, we’ve partnered with Mark McLain of Confluence Architecture to develop our very specific technology and process. With some energy efficiency initiatives, such as the installation of solar panels, the return on the initial investment can take years. With our weatherization process, consumers can expect an immediate savings on their utility bills. Depending on the amount of remediation work completed and the size of the building, these savings can be significant and immediate. Through our partnership with Confluence Architecture, we have a very strong team for developing solutions for more efficient buildings.

What is your key for surviving the recession?

The economy is hitting everyone hard, and we’re all looking for ways to save money. In the past, many commercial businesses or governmental bodies simply accepted utility bills as part of overall operations. Now, everyone is looking at the bottom line, trying to figure out where to cut costs. We help individuals and organizations not only make modifications to their buildings to save money on utilities, but we also help them find state, federal, and utility company grants, refunds, and financing solutions to make the entire process even more affordable. We partner with CLEER on a fairly regular basis to ensure we’re on top of the latest developments in terms of financing.

What strategy do you use to hire good employees?

While EES is a relatively new part of our business (2008), our affiliate organization, Mountain View, has been serving residents of the valley for more than 15 years. Rather than try to keep a large number of employees on staff, we find that it is more beneficial for us to establish strong partnerships, like we have with Confluence Architecture. We’ve been fortunate to find quality employees locally, and we feel that the key to running any business is to treat your employees with respect. Respected employees will, in turn, treat your business and customers with respect.

What is your plan for growth in the next year in products, services or quality?

We’re concentrating the future of our business on commercial properties. Commercial buildings tend to have more issues than residential (though that’s not always the case). In addition to the utility savings, commercial businesses experience other significant benefits, such as a greater comfort level in the office environment due to improved temperature control. Also, there can be a significant improvement in overall air quality due to the reduction of dirt and dust. Because HVAC systems aren’t working as hard after the remediation work is completed, the systems aren’t as taxed and tend to last longer as well, which can be a huge benefit. We’re still very active in the local market, but we are expanding our services to other states in the West, as we’re finding our services to be extremely beneficial to commercial building owners who utilize air conditioning on a regular basis.

What do you enjoy about running a business here?

The quality of life in the Roaring Fork Valley is second to none. We consider ourselves very blessed to be able to work in an area with so many amazing cultural and outdoor activities. The sense of community here is very strong, and we look forward to working with our neighbors.

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