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How to DIY: Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Many times home renovation projects take longer than expected. The parts you order might not arrive on time due to the supply chain issue, or contractors are backed up for months before they can begin your project. What can you do to keep things moving when your home improvements are taking longer than you expected? 

There are a lot of energy-efficient upgrades you can do to your home that you don’t rely on a contractor or you can complete while waiting for a larger home project. We’ve got a list of DIY projects that will lower your energy bills, lower your carbon emissions, and make your space more comfortable. Plus, CORE rebates ALL of these incentives, 25% up to $500, making these quick fixes affordable and worthwhile. 

  1. LED Lighting – Change your old lightbulbs for LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25% longer!
  2. Lighting Controls* – This includes timers, occupancy sensors, and even daylighting controls, designed to light when and where you need it most.
  3. Programmable Thermostat – Any thermostat to set different temperatures while you are out of the house or sleeping. Smart thermostats like the Nest also apply.
  4. Heat Tape Timer or Moisture Sensor* If you already use heat tape, it doesn’t need to run all the time; actually, it’s more efficient if it doesn’t. Timers and moisture sensors help regulate the system.
  5. Solar Thermal Meter* If you have PV solar, you should have a solar thermal meter to show how much solar energy you are producing and when.
  6. Pipe Wrap* – Insulate your pipes to prevent heat loss.
  7. Boiler Insulation Blankets* – Snug your heater with an insulating blanket to help it work more efficiently. 
  8. Weather Stripping* – Do you feel a draft from your doors or windows? Add weather stripping to prevent leakage. These videos can teach you how to add weather stripping on doors and windows.

* Home Energy Assessments are required for these rebates.

To apply for rebates, fill out the form below!

Got questions? I am here to help. 

Many times home renovation projects take longer than expected. What can you do to keep things moving when your home improvements are taking longer than you expected? 

CORE provides rebates on energy efficiency upgrades you can do yourself, 25% of project costs up to $500!

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Written by: Brittany LaClair

Brittany studied Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont where she discovered her passion for sustainability, conservation, and energy efficiency. During college, her love for travel brought her to Costa Rica and Spain where she gained an international perspective on environmental issues. After graduation, she wanted to find bigger mountains and explore the west, so she moved to Aspen to become a snowboard instructor for what she thought would be one winter. The outdoorsy, adventurous lifestyle sucked her in as she continues to enjoy life in the Roaring Fork Valley. Some of her favorite activities include snowboarding, hiking, trail running, camping, and paddleboarding. She has worked for nonprofits since 2016 and strives to have a positive impact on the community through CORE.

CORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to leading the Roaring Fork Valley to a carbon-free, net zero energy future.