Readers Say Thanks
Some 200 area citizens – farmers from Peach Valley, homeowners from Castle Valley, science club students, residents from all the towns from Aspen to Rifle – all took time on a Saturday to attend the recent Solar Home Open House and Educational Tour in New Castle. Interested folks streamed in for five hours to ask questions about solar energy and to learn more about energy efficient homes, from retrofits to new home construction.Such a successful turnout with such an enthusiastic crowd on a drizzly Saturday certainly should send a clear message to area developers, home builders and civic leaders that people want to live in energy efficient homes and want to invest in renewable energy. All area civic leaders can get involved by adopting more energy-efficient building codes. Developers and builders can provide efficient homes that attract more buyers. Homebuyers and realtors can ask for energy-efficient homes that will have better resale values and save homeowners on monthly bills.Area residents can continue to learn more about making their existing home as energy efficient as possible. Start with a simple home energy self-audit through the online resources http://www.energystar.gov or http://www.energyguide.com. Or if you are one of the many Holy Cross Energy customers across the region, you can schedule an energy audit by calling 945-5491. Or ask the auditor energy questions at 947-5508.Energy companies such as Holy Cross and Xcel offer rebates, and governments offer tax credits for energy efficient measures. If you’ve already made your home as energy efficient as possible and want to see if your home is ready for a solar installation, call one of a number of local solar installers for a free site evaluation. Find more information at http://www.findsolar.com.Thanks again to the New Castle solar tour sponsors including Carbondale-based Sol Energy, the town of New Castle and the American Solar Energy Society.Doug DeNio, Suzie Romig, Eileen WysockiFor the New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee
The Helping Hands of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate our Harvest Festival. Each year we enjoy greeting old friends and making new ones.In addition to funding projects within our church, through your generosity, we are able to give gifts to charities in our area. Our profit is boosted through matching funds from Thrivent.Sally Thompson for The Helping Hands of Good Shepherd Lutheran ChurchGlenwood Springs
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