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Yampa Valley Electric Association offers Cen$ible Energy rebates for a third year

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Sasha Nelson Craig — Yampa Valley Electric Association is offering residential and small business members Cen$ible energy rebates for a third consecutive year. “In addition to reducing energy use and utility bills across the YVEA territory, the first two years of the program supported local businesses and vendors with […]

Top 10 Holiday Home Safety Tips

Courtesy of Energy Outreach Colorado Please keep these tips in mind for a warm, safe and festive holiday season! 1. With family at home for the holidays, make sure you have working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near bedrooms. CO can’t be detected by smell, taste or sight and can build up to dangerous levels when […]

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, […]

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 […]

How to Clean Refrigerator Coils and Why it Matters

Content courtesy of Complete Home Inspections, LLC  Your refrigerator is one of the largest, most-used and most expensive energy-using appliance in your home. It requires only minimal maintenance – just simple cleaning of the condenser coils, which disperse heat. If the coils are covered with dust, gunk or pet hair, they cannot diffuse the heat properly and […]

Spring Maintenance Tips

As we recover from daylight savings and enjoy the warmer weather, naturally we begin spring cleaning. Below are some spring maintenance tips from Complete Home Inspection Services, LLC. Spring Maintenance Tips: Check for damage to your roof once snow melts. Have a professional repair or replace any damaged shingles or roofing materials and flashings. Check […]

Lightworks of Steamboat’s Nancy Schwanke talks bulbs with TV18

Our longtime partner and friend Nancy Schwanke from Lightworks of Steamboat talks about disposing of old lightbulbs, which lightbulbs are best to use, the Bulb Eater, and the CenSible Energy lighting rebates! This is a VERY informative 8 minutes with the local lighting guru! Check it out!

Inspiring homes and homeowners lend their big ideas to tour participants

Yesteryday’s sold-out 7th Annual Green Building Tour was as inspiring as always. In the “mountain modern” theme, the three homes toured included a LEED version 4 home, a 1958 remodel, and a technology-boosted home that used LEED, Energy Star, Passive House, Built Green, HEED, and VERA components. At the 480 square foot 1958 remodel apartment, originally built by Eugene Sternberg (who […]

Recycling old buildings is more efficient and sustainable

Last night’s Talking Green (in partnership with Historic Routt County) Creating Sustainable Communities by Investing in Older Buildings with Jim Lindberg, Senior Director of Preservation Green Lab (PGL) at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, highlighted extensive research on and comparisons between the practices of updating older historic buildings versus a new “green” building. Preservation Green Lab seeks to minimize carbon impacts from […]

10 speakers, 6 topics – Green Building – What works in Rural Colorado?

Thank you to our speakers from last night’s Green Building Workshop! Certified green building does require extra attention, but it is very doable and valuable in Routt County, according to a panel of local architects, homebuilders, homeowners and construction managers during a September 8 workshop in Steamboat. The Green Building Happy Hour Workshop presented by […]