Want to be greener? Learn more about sustainability in the Yampa Valley:

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Cen$ible Energy rebate program is now closed for 2017. The program will reopen in 2018. Learn more about how you can save money while making your home more energy efficient.

Regional Energy Efficiency Contractor Directory

Learn how a home energy assessment can lead to more energy efficiency at your home. Check out this short case study about how a Steamboat family saved 46 percent on electricity costs and decreased air leaks in their home by 40 percent with work following a home energy audit.

Regional Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources:

Atmos Energy SmartChoice – provides a variety of rebates for small business and residential Atmos Energy natural gas customers for efficient furnaces, programmable thermostats, attic insulation, air sealing and energy audits.

Atmos Energy Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives  provides a custom natural gas usage savings program for multi-family, large commercial and industrial businesses, existing building retrofits, new construction, and single-family homes larger than 6,000 square feet. The program provides financial incentives up to 50 percent of the incremental project costs with a $50,000 maximum to be used for measures such as energy audits, high-efficiency heating, boiler improvements, insulation and more.

Commercial/Business Energy Audit
 – offers a mid-level energy efficiency assessment for small businesses including on-site review, written report and next-step recommendations by certified energy auditors.

Energy Efficient Mortgage – offers homebuyers a product available for most FHA and Fannie Mae mortgages to roll the cost of many energy efficiency upgrades into a mortgage. The loan is an option for buyers investing in a residential property in need of an energy efficiency overhaul.

Jump Start provides a free residential energy audit and first-step energy efficiency installations for income-qualified residents earning 80 percent or less of the Routt County area median income and who do not have Atmos Energy natural gas service for home heating. For application, email info@yvsc.org.

Mount Werner Water District and the City of Steamboat Springs both offer efficiency rebates to its respective water district customers to replace inefficient water-using items including 3.5-gallon-flush toilets older than 1994 as well as inefficient dishwashers older than 2002 and clothes washers older than 2000. In addition, Mount Werner Water District customers are eligible for a free service through AquaHawk that provides alerts and advise for high water use.

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments – provides weatherization assistance for low and moderate-income home owners to reduce fuel consumption and heating costs. Services include insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, installation of storm windows, and new energy-efficient furnaces and refrigerators.

Northwest Data Partners – Residents of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties are encouraged to find out how much they can lose in energy bills by taking nice and easy, intermediate or advanced energy saving steps.

Statewide Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources:

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE – enables owners of commercial and industrial buildings to finance up to 100 percent of energy efficiency, renewable energy or water conservation eligible improvements, which are paid back through county tax assessments for up to 20 years.

Energy Outreach Colorado assists in the Yampa Valley with a variety of programs.

EOC’s Colorado Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) is an energy efficiency retrofit program for residents who earn 80 percent of average median income or less.

EOC’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) assists 501c3 nonprofit organizations that own a facility in need of energy efficiency improvements and serves the low-income families and seniors. EOC offers energy saving tips here.

CSU Extension Service – provides energy information for consumers, educators and rural communities. Resources range from videos to an “Ask an Energy Expert” online question form to a do-it-yourself home energy audit kit.

Energy Smart Colorado – provides resources for home and business owners and contractors to help make energy improvements simple and affordable. Some Energy Smart offerings include home assessments, low-rate financing, weatherization assistance and contractor lists. Customers with SourceGas, Atmos Energy or Colorado Natural Gas can receive a home energy assessment.

Rocky Mountain Institute – based in Snowmass and Boulder, provides tools and resources for everything from building retrofits to sustainable practices for corporations.

Colorado Energy Office – provides technical guidance, financial support, policy advocacy and public communications to improve the effective use of all of Colorado’s energy resources and the efficient consumption of energy in all economic sectors.

Colorado Renewable Energy Society –  provides educational activities, and resources to increase the adoption of existing and emerging energy efficiency/renewable energy technologies, techniques, and policies statewide.

Energy Efficiency for Vehicles:
Clean Cities (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities) |  www.fueleconomy.gov  |  www.greenercars.org

National Energy Efficiency Resources:

Energy Star – is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that helps businesses and individuals save money through energy efficiency. Information is available about energy efficient appliances, tax credits, energy efficient schools, improving existing homes, new homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants.

Energy Star Building Upgrade Manual – is a practical guide that helps building owners plan and achieve profitable improvements.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – provides resources ranging from game-based energy efficiency programs to building envelope information on improving energy efficiency for walls, attics, basements, doors and windows.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) – provides information for energy savings for homes, buildings and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation.

USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants – provides loans and grants up to $27,500 for low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes to remove health and safety hazards. The program is for clients who are owner/occupants, have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income and are age 62 or older. Loan interest rate is fixed at 1 percent and can be repaid over 20 years. Regional contact:  970-399-8199

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) – provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency – helps to answer the common question about what rebates and incentives currently are available.

Energy Efficiency Resources for Kids:
YVSC also collaborates with school Green Teams and Steamboat Springs School District to educate our next generation on the importance of Energy Efficiency.  Two events that YVSC facilitates for this age group is the Two-Weeks to Take-Charge Challenge and the Youth Green Team Summit.  Learn more about our student-based Energy Education here.

Energy Star Kids

Energy Kids – U.S. Energy Information Administration

Energy.gov – science education

EcoKids – from Earth Day Canada