If the recent spell of bitter sub-zero temperatures didn’t get your attention, the heating bills inextricably linked to it probably will. The additional expense leaves many people wondering how to stay comfortable and keep within a household budget. If you’re someone who believes you can’t afford the efficiency upgrades that would keep your heat indoors and save you money, here is some good news.
There is a new option for homeowners throughout our region (Pitkin, Eagle, Gunnison and Garfield counties) that makes it easy and affordable to reduce the cost of heating your home. Established last autumn, it’s called the Energy Smart Loan. It can be used to fund air sealing, additional insulation, heating, water heating, more efficient windows and even solar energy.
Funding Partners, a financing nonprofit organization in Fort Collins, administers the loans. With their helpful staff and straightforward application process, you can get started right away. Favorable interest rates and utility bill savings year after year help keep money in your pocket and improve the quality of your home.
It all begins by signing up at www.energysmartcolorado.com  and getting a home energy assessment. This $100 service not only finds where heat escapes, but also provides up to two installed programmable thermostats, 10 CFL lights, a free radon test kit and inspection of your home, including testing for gas line leaks and carbon monoxide spillage from furnaces or boilers. From there, a home energy advisor will walk you through the process, help choose cost-effective projects, find a contractor and secure your rebates and financing.
With so much assistance, what do you have to lose? Take action today.
Community Office for Resource Efficiency