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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 […]

“One Big Home” documentary resonates for Routt County

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Please plan to join us at Library Hall at 6:30 p.m. Wed. April 12 for this Green Building related documentary. The filmmaker’s brother, who lives in Steamboat, will introduce the film that night. Jennie at the library will make the popcorn! When carpenter, surfer and documentary filmmaker Thomas Bena […]

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 […]