Efficiency at Home
The first step to a safe, efficient, and comfortable home is the Energy Smart Home Energy Assessment. Like a check-up for your house, the Home Energy Assessment provides you with a comprehensive overview of how your home performs. The assessment includes testing for radon and carbon monoxide, $100 worth of quick fix installs, and a report that outlines all your opportunities for improvements.
Call us today at the Energy Resource Center (970)925-9775 to sign up for an assessment or CLICK HERE to sign up. This $400 value is subsidized by CORE and our utility partners and only costs you $100*!
*One the occasion that an assessment is offered at no cost, the following policy is in place: Free assessments are be limited to those who have not had an assessment in the last three years, barring any substantial remodel.
To ensure your energy upgrades were installed properly and in a safe manner, make sure your contractor has pulled the appropriate permit. Consult with your local building department to confirm which projects will require a permit.
Carbon Monoxide: An Energy Smart Home Energy Assessment will not only improve the efficiency and comfort of your home, it also includes critical safety testing. Gas heated appliances can off-gas carbon monoxide, a fatal threat to health and human safety. Energy Smart analysts perform testing for carbon monoxide to ensure that your home is safe for you and your family.
Radon: In addition to carbon monoxide, you are encouraged to test for radon. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and Colorado has some of the highest rates. A tighter home is a more efficient home. However, since air sealing could increase radon levels in the house, we recommend testing for radon before proceeding with home insulation projects.
Get your free radon test kits:
Pitkin County Residents: Complete this online form
Aspen County Residents: Complete this online form
Garfield County Residents: Complete this online form
Once the form is completed, you can pick up your test kit at any of the following offices:
- CORE’s Energy Resource Center: 111 AABC, Suite M, Aspen, CO 81611
- City of Aspen Environmental Health Department: 130 S. Galena Street, Aspen CO 81611
- Pitkin County Public Works: 76 Service Center Road, Aspen, CO 81611
- The Carbondale Energy Resource Center: 520 S. Third St. Suite 7, Carbondale, CO 81623
For more information on radon, contact the City of Aspen Environmental Health Department at (970) 920-5039 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond the Home Energy Assessment, here are 5 Energy Smart Tips that you can do today to save energy in your home
Switch out old lightbulbs for more efficient ones. Upgrading 15 of the inefficient incandescent lightbulbs in your home could save you about $50 per year. LEDs use only 20%–25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace.
Insulate your water heater and pipes with a water heater blanket and pipe wrap. Insulating your water tank could reduce heat losses by 25%–45% and save you about 4%–9% in water heating costs, and should pay for itself in about a year.
Get a programmable thermostat. You can save 5-15% off your heating bill if you adjust your thermostat by 10 degrees for at least 8 hours a day.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to 120°F. For each 10ºF reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3%–5% in energy costs.
Plug in appliances to a power strip and turn it off when you leave. The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off.
Hint: Steps 1-3 are taken care of for you during your Energy Smart Home Energy Assessment. Don’t bother doing the work yourself. Call Energy Smart 970.925.9775 and we will do it for you!
Wondering about how much money you’ll save by upgrading efficiency? Check out these sites:
- “How Eight Homeowners Save Over $12,275 on Energy” by This Old House Magazine
- The master Return-On-Investment (ROI) guide from GreenAndSave.com – a list of the potential monetary savings you can reap from the most common efficiency upgrades. Click on each item to see how they calculated the ROI.
- The Profitability of Energy Efficiency Upgrades – See how making efficiency improvements will pay you back.