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4 CO dealers offering discounts on 7 electric vehicles through 6-30-17

rEV Your Engines ­ Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Electric Vehicle Sales EVent is at the staring line. Four Colorado auto dealers have stepped up to offer discounts on seven models of electric vehicles (EVs) during the regional sales program taking place April 1 through June 30, 2017. In this 90-day window, interested […]

What to Do About Roof Ice Dams

What to do about those pesky roof ice dams Excerpted from High Country Conservation Center in Frisco, CO Dear Eartha, Resident:  I have ice dams on my roof every winter. I’ve used heat tape in the past to melt the snow but it seems to cost a lot. What do you recommend? Eartha: This is […]

When Enthusiasm Meets Action on a Friday Night

from CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency What are other rural resort communities doing? See what Aspen area folks are talking about. ­ “Yes, and is it enough?” That was the challenge laid down by organizers of last Friday’s POW: Action Summit. The packed house of citizens — most of them trending young, all […]

Want to get off unsolicited mailing lists?

By Suzie Romig, YVSC Energy Outreach Coordinator If you order online this holiday season, be sure to watch for a button to “uncheck” so that you won’t be listed on a lifetime mailing list just for ordering that gift from the one-time-only-shopping-company for cousin Bob. If you do end up on unwanted mailing lists, here […]

Families Open Green Homes to Sold-Out Building Tour

The ninth annual Green Building Tour attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 40 locals. Learn more…. Instead of demolishing a 1946 old town bungalow, the Rabesa family deconstructed and reconstructed their home and saved some $90,000 in construction costs by reusing spaces and building materials. Steamboat Springs homeowner Susan Crites built a space efficient, […]

How Can Consumers Avoid Palm Oil?

Hey Mr. Green! How can I avoid palm oil? I try to avoid palm oil because tropical rainforests are destroyed to develop palm oil plantations. But yesterday, I happened to read the label on a bar of my favorite soap and—oh dear!—sodium palmitate was the very first ingredient. What to do? —Joy from Tennessee  A: Palm oil […]

Dump those Incandescent Bulbs

Q: LED bulbs use less electricity than incandescent bulbs, so I bought a bunch for my home. But now I have a few boxes of incandescents sitting in my closet. Does it make sense to use them because they’ve already been manufactured? Or should I recycle or landfill them?  —Rich from Massachusetts Those old bulbs […]

What’s new in renewable energy – first U.S. wave-produced electricity

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it is fed […]

When Is it Time for a Residential Energy Assessment? or Home Energy Score?

By Suzie Romig, YVSC For a few years, I hesitated to change out the incandescent light bulbs in our tool shed not wanting to be “wasteful” by throwing out functioning bulbs. When in fact, not throwing out incandescent bulbs is wasteful. Switching two bulbs to LEDs lowered the shed’s power use from 175 watts to 17 […]

Input Requested by Sept. 1 on Routt County Building Codes Upgrade

Construction community input is requested by Sept. 1 regarding the Routt County Regional Building Department upgrade to 2015 building codes, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Input should be submitted to Routt County building official Ben Grush at bgrush@co.routt.co.us. Any interested construction professionals in Routt County who have not received the previous […]