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Learn about building energy assessments at the Kremmling Library

How do you know if you are wasting energy in your home or business? Come to this event to find out. The public is invited to the Kremmling Library to learn about building efficiency. While the Library receives an energy check up, the energy auditor will be available to answer your questions. People will learn about the process and see the equipment used in evaluating building performance. The evaluation provides an “improvement road map” that leads to the elimination of wasted energy and makes a building more comfortable.

Are you a homeowner or a builder? Learn how to compete in today’s green building market by incorporating cost effective energy improvements into renovation projects and new buildings. This event is a joint project between the Grand County Library District, the Town of Kremmling and the Grand County Business and Economic Development Association (BEDA) and supported by the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO).

Why the Kremmling Library?

The Grand County Library District (gcld.org) seeks to improve the efficiency of their buildings in order to reduce utility costs. The District calculated the energy cost per square foot of their buildings and awoke to the realization that the Kremmling Library might need a hat and gloves in order to get through this chilly winter. A building assessment is being performed to determine the most cost effective improvements. For more information about this public event contact: mawilcox@gcld.org.

What is a Building Assessment?

An energy assessment is a professional evaluation of your building’s energy consumption and includes recommendations for improvement. During an assessment, a qualified professional visits your home or business to pinpoint where you are losing energy. Professional energy assessments generally go into great detail. Energy audits determine the efficiency of your building’s heating and cooling systems, and may also suggest ways to conserve hot water and electricity.

The Grand County BEDA recommends that prior to scheduling an audit, a business or homeowner make a list of any existing problems, such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms, and have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills. Auditors use this information to establish what to look for during the audit. The auditor first examines the outside of the building to determine the size of the building and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows.) The energy auditor will do a room-by-room examination of the residence, inspect the heating equipment, lighting and insulation and thoroughly examine utility bills. The auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough assessments often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of air leaks into the building, and infrared cameras, which reveal the sources of the leaks. While heat may escape through these leaks, dust and critters use them to get into your building. Tightening up can improve your health as well as leave more money in your wallet.

“With winter here this is a perfect time for homeowners to take advantage of the GEO’s Recharge Colorado rebate program,” said Liz McIntyre, Community Energy Coordinator for the Grand County BEDA. “A home energy audit can identify ways to save a homeowner a lot of money over time, and the rebates are a great kick start to those savings.” Homeowners should visit RechargeColorado.com to get their rebate.

Businesses who are interested in audits may contact the Grand County BEDA, energy@gcbeda.com for more information on upcoming business programs. Mountain Parks Electric and Xcel are also great resources and offer assessments for businesses.

A video showing the benefits of an energy audit is available at: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11160.


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