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Sustainability awards honor volunteers who elevate Yampa Valley community

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Tom Ross Steamboat Springs — The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council reserves its first monthly meeting of the New Year for the purpose of recognizing community partners who have given of themselves to help the residents of the region to enjoy a more energy-efficient, less-wasteful lifestyle. On Wednesday, YVSC […]

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 […]

Cen$ible Energy Rebate Program to Re-open January 1

The Cen$ible Energy rebate program provides cash rebates for energy-saving LED lights, four types of Energy Star-certified appliances, programmable thermostats, energy audits and post-audit air sealing. Rebates are available for Yampa Valley Electric Association members to improve energy efficiency in their homes or small businesses. This popular and beneficial program will open again on January 1, […]

An Energy Efficient Gift Guide

Courtesy of Consumer Energy Alliance Having a hard time finding the perfect gift this holiday season? Consider energy-saving gifts that are sure to bring holiday joy while saving your loved ones some hard-earned cash. Here’s a guide for presents that will save money, energy, and the environment this year: 1)  The Energy Department estimates that […]

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 […]

Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today article by Tom Ross When the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council prepares a hearty soup for the community in mid 2017, it promises to be instructional as well as flavorful, as it makes an important point about food waste. Anne Mudgett, YVSC’s Program and Development Director, said Dec. 7 during the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Other 2 Rs – Before you recycle, reduce and reuse

The Other Two Rs Before you recycle, reduce and reuse(Courtesy of Community Office for Resource Efficiency in Pitkin County) Recycling is an important way to reduce waste, but the most effective way is to not create it in the first place. Manufacturing a new product requires energy, and the mining of raw materials. The product must […]

Every Day is Earth Day

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot’s Community Agriculture Alliance Column Written by Cameron Hawkins and Larisa Woycio, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Since Earth Day always falls during our season-ending spring break week, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is dedicating a month to celebrate “Every Day is Earth Day” and raise awareness of local sustainability efforts.  April […]