Path to Zero

5 Easy Steps…

to an electrified, carbon-free space including assessments, rebates and free energy advising.

Path to Zero is based on the concept of a net-zero building — the kind that generates as much energy as it consumes. But what does it take to get there? We’ve broken it down into five steps that apply to any building, whether new construction or remodel of a home, business or facility:

2. Air Seal & Insulate

Shore up your space by sealing drafts and insulating walls, attics, and crawl spaces to make the most of the heating and cooling you’re already paying for.


Common Questions

Why don’t you rebate windows?

Windows don’t pass the “cost-effectiveness test” for reducing carbon emissions and we want you to get the most bang for your buck!

Why does CORE require air sealing before we insulate?

The path to zero is all about maximizing efficiency. Sealing air leaks before improving insulation ensures you get the most out of your energy upgrades.


3. Electrify Everything

Get off of fossil fuels (natural gas and propane) and onto electricity by switching your appliances and mechanical systems to all-electric. 


Common Questions

Everything I see on the web tells me that heat pumps don’t work here?

Cold climate heat pumps work in temperatures up to -13°F! Aspen and the Roaring Fork valley rarely have days or nights that cold, but incase there is a cold spell, it’s always good to have a backup option. Learn more about cold climate heat pumps here.

I’ve heard a lot about heat pumps but don’t understand how they work.

Heat pumps pull heat from the outside air and turn it into heat for your home. Even when it’s very cold, there is still some heat in the air. It is the opposite in the summer, where is pulls cool air from the air and moves it into your home. Get all of the info about heat pumps here!

Where can I find more information about energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades?

We’ve got a page to answer the rest of your questions. Visit CORE’s Learn Page!


4. Power With Renewables

Tap renewable electricity sources like solar, wind, and geothermal to heat and power your space.


Common Questions

If a home is off-grid, are they still eligible for energy-efficiency rebates?

If your home is not connected to the grid, your project does not qualify for CORE rebates.

Where can I find more information about energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades?

We’ve got a page to answer the rest of your questions. Visit CORE’s Learn Page!


5. Back It Up With A Battery

Take it next level through battery storage and electric vehicle charging at home or work.


Common Questions

If a home is off-grid, are they still eligible for energy-efficiency rebates?

If your home is not connected to the grid, your project does not qualify for CORE rebates.

Where can I find more information about energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades?

We’ve got a page to answer the rest of your questions. Visit CORE’s Learn Page!


How It Works

Start the Conversation

Use the form below to get connected to our energy advisors. Enrolling early in the project will ensure access to the full suite of CORE’s incentives and resources for your energy improvements.

Assess Your Space

We will reach out right away to schedule an energy assessment. By knowing where you’re starting, we can help you design your personal Path to Zero – the most impactful and cost-effective plan for your energy upgrades.

Complete Your Project

With your energy plan, custom incentives and contractor list in hand, start making energy improvements. We’ll be at your side through the process from beginning to end.

Apply for Rebates

Once you complete your project, apply for rebates and start planning your next step. Each energy upgrade builds on the last as you move closer and closer to net zero. All the while you get to enjoy your healthy, comfortab

Get Started

A better life starts with a better space. As soon as you submit this form, we’re on the job connecting you to our free energy advising, incentives and resources.
If you have any issues with our form, please email or call us (970-925-9775) and we will help you.
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CORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to leading the Roaring Fork Valley to a carbon-free, net zero energy future.