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Home energy assessments offered at discounted rates

With hot summer months coming up, home energy assessments are available to Roaring Fork Valley, Crystal River Valley and western Garfield County residents at a discounted rate. Receiving an assessment is the first step in making a home more cool, comfortable, safe and energy-efficient.

A home energy assessment is conducted by a professional building analyst. It includes safety testing for radon and carbon monoxide, a blower door and infrared test to identify air leaks, and a report listing recommended improvements.

In many cases, residents know that their home is drafty and has chilly areas, but don’t know where to start to address the most important issues. The home energy report explains which measures to prioritize, factoring in cost, available rebates and specific needs of the home.

A home energy assessment identifies the key projects that can increase the comfort, efficiency and market value of a home. It’s also the first step in qualifying for rebates to pay for energy efficiency upgrades.

In the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys, including Marble, discounted assessments are available through Energy Smart Colorado at CORE for $100. The assessment, valued at $400, includes up to $100 worth of immediate energy saving upgrades such as LED light bulbs, water heater insulation and a programmable thermostat.

In western Garfield County, Xcel Energy offers rebates for 60 percent of the cost of an assessment, up to $200. Customers of Holy Cross Energy are eligible for a free, more basic energy assessment that does not include the advanced blower door or infrared tests, but will provide professional advice on energy saving measures and available rebates.

For more information or to sign up for an assessment, call a CLEER energy coach at 970-704-9200 or visit the Garfield Clean Energy website at garfieldcleanenergy.org.

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