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County residents eligible for $60,000 in energy upgrade prizes this summer
Boulder County, Colo. – All residents in Boulder County who sign up for a home energy assessment from EnergySmart before Friday, Aug. 31 will be eligible to win a Home Energy Makeover.
One Grand Prize winner will receive a whole-house makeover, valued at up to $20,000. The Grand Prize package includes a new energy efficient furnace, air sealing and insulation upgrades to the attic and crawlspace/basement, an energy efficient water heater, cooling system upgrades, and $4,000 to use for recommended energy upgrades of the homeowner’s choosing.
Four second place winners will each win prize packages worth up to $10,000. Second Place Prize packages include a new energy efficient furnace, home air sealing and insulation upgrades, and $1,500 to use toward a recommended energy upgrade of the homeowner’s choosing. One winner will be selected from each of four geographical “regions” of the county: City of Boulder, City of Longmont, East County (including Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior), and mountain towns/unincorporated county (including Lyons, Nederland, Jamestown, Ward, Allenspark, Niwot, Gunbarrel, etc.).
The contest prizes are largely donated by local contractors, including Solar City, Service Experts, EcoHandyman, ThermalCraft Insulation, EcoSmart Homes, ERC Insulation, and SAC Mechanical. The remaining prizes are provided through federal grant funding.
The Home Energy Makeover contest is open to residents in all Boulder County communities. Winning homes must be owner-occupied and must need energy improvements. Residents are encouraged to register even if they live in newer homes or don’t think they need energy upgrades.
Boulder resident Megan Cuzzolino benefited from EnergySmart, even in a relatively new home. “I was surprised that my 2006 condo didn’t have much insulation,” Cuzzolino said. “After air sealing and insulating, my condo has been cozier all year round.”
EnergySmart focuses on improvements that will reduce energy waste, improve comfort, and produce cost-savings for both residential and business participants. Services include energy assessments and expert advisor assistance with finding contractors and all available rebates and financing options for energy efficiency upgrades. Since the program’s launch in January 2011, EnergySmart has helped more than 5,500 residents and 1,800 businesses throughout Boulder County.
EnergySmart is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings grant program and is sponsored in partnership by Boulder County, the cities of Boulder and Longmont, Xcel Energy and Platte River Power Authority. For more information, visit www.EnergySmartYES.com or call 303-544-1000 (for homes) or 303-441-1300 (for businesses).
Boulder County, Colo. – Residents, commuters, and recreational users of Boulder County’s mountain towns are invited to share their thoughts on potential mountain transit service serving their communities.
The Boulder County Mountain Transit survey is available at www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/MtnTransitStudy.htm until Aug. 15. To request a printed copy, please contact Jared Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-441-4958.
The survey was developed by the Boulder County Mountain Transit Stakeholders Group. The group was organized in the spring of 2010 to assess the viability of new and expanded transit service to Boulder County’s mountain communities and connections to Boulder, Longmont, Gilpin County (Blackhawk/Central City) and Larimer County (Estes Park). The study area includes the communities of Eldora, Ward, Jamestown, Allenspark, Lyons, Gold Hill, Nederland and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
The study – initiated in April and scheduled for completion in October – examines the demand for transit service to and from these communities; the amount, type, and configuration of viable service; and the cost/benefit implications of such service.
The project also seeks to strike a sensible balance between expanding personal mobility and travel choices for local residents, commuters and visitors while ensuring cost-effective investment of limited transportation resources and funding. The study results will inform the county’s ongoing Transportation Master Plan, community-specific transportation planning efforts, and other planning and funding pursuits.