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Making green building work for everyone

By Suzie Romig After nine years living in a middle-unit townhome with no yard, parents Bob and Chancie Keenan decided to find a home with room for their two young, active daughters to play outside safely. The reality of moving up in the housing market in a rural resort community hit the Keenans hard, as […]

Fairview neighborhood in Steamboat shows off green homes

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: Matt Stensland STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Heating a home for $200 each year is almost unheard of in Steamboat Springs, but the Kemp family has proven it is possible. The Kemp home was one of several on display during the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Sustainable Homes Tour on Saturday in […]

Talking Green: Start at home, work to make a difference; new energy efficiency programs available

During a recent ride up the gondola, a fellow passenger and longtime local expressed her frustrations while passing over construction representing what she considers America’s “never enough” mentality. She said she struggles with making a difference for the environment or even knowing where to start to make a dent considering today’s often maximalist society. “Learn […]

A fresh look at conservation – 4 things anyone can do to make a difference

Adapted from Steamboat Sotheby’s Blog Protecting the environment starts at home, and can be a good investment as well. At a time when the political climate seems to be seeing as much change as the actual climate, it’s important to remember the efforts we all make as individuals can make a difference regardless of what’s […]

LED bulb rebates available for Oak Creek Electric customers

Oak Creek Electric customers are eligible for rebates to cover the purchase of up to 10 energy saving LED bulbs up to $100. Funding for the rebate program is made possible by Routt County with assistance from nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Rebates are available first come, first served as funding lasts through early summer. […]

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 […]

Yampa Valley CARES about the energy needs of its residents

Adapted from Energy Outreach Colorado’s Blog When it comes to helping limited-income families and seniors afford home energy, Colorado CAREs. CARE – Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program launched by Energy Outreach Colorado in partnership with energy utilities and local nonprofits and weatherization agencies across the state – is making a positive impact by lowering the […]

Earth Hour 2017, Let’s Celebrate

Every year since 2007, around the globe millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside one hour to host events, switch off lights, unplug electronics and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Earth Hour is more than just an hour. YVSC is encouraging […]

Spiffy online solar calculator released

Adapted from Colorado State Extension’s Energy Newsletter With solar installations and solar financing options continuing to grow in the state, CSU Extension has developed an online calculator that provides costs and benefits for those considering taking the leap. The calculator goes beyond existing estimators by allowing for rooftop or ground mount arrays, loan interest rates, monthly […]

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 […]