Grand County BEDA gets energy grant
June 10, 2011
Grand County Business & Economic Development Association (BEDA), a local nonprofit committed to promoting commerce, has been awarded a grant from the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) to advance energy efficiency and conservation in Grand and Jackson Counties. Since more than half of the average family’s energy costs may go to heating a home, improving insulation and sealing air leaks can be the easiest and most cost-effective energy savers a homeowner can take advantage of.Not only will a homeowner save money in utility bills by adding insulation, the home may be quieter with less drafts and dust. The family will be more comfortable during long winters and cooler during the area’s short summers. The GEO and its partners are offering rebates to Colorado residents who take on eligible energy-efficient improvements to their home. While there are approximately 6,000 residents wait-listed for air-sealing and insulation rebates on the Front Range, there is still funding available for this area. All of the information (and more on rebates for appliances and the installation of alternative energy systems) can be found by calling 1-800-462-0184, or by visiting http://www.rechargecolorado.com. The required applications can be found on the website, and the site can help you find Recharge Colorado Rebates, federal and local incentives and offers from manufacturers, as well as a list of accredited contractors in your area.If you’re not sure where the worst energy leaks in your home are located, a professional energy assessment could prove to be invaluable in deciding how much R-Factor (a material’s resistance to heat flow) insulation you need and where. An energy assessment can pinpoint leaks by using infrared photography and blower-door tests. Auditors also test for noxious gases and the safety and efficiency of your furnace. The end product is a detailed report with a prioritized task list, including estimated costs and savings for the homeowner. (Check out the Recharge Colorado website for info and an application for a rebate on energy assessments up to $100.)f you have a good energy tip like the ones mentioned here, please share it with us. BEDA is putting energy tips together to create a common-sense Code of The West (C.O.W.) for Grand and Jackson Counties. Submit your tip at http://www.gcbeda.com. Energy-saving tips will be collected throughout the summer, and tippers will all be entered into a drawing to win a free energy assessment of your home or small business.