EnergySmart and Partners Complete 100,000 Energy Efficiency Upgrades Nationwide

Friday, May 23, 2014

Residents and businesses in Boulder County completed 10,000 of these upgrades

Boulder County, Colo. – Nationwide, competitively selected Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners, including EnergySmart, have completed more than 100,000 building upgrades since 2010, helping to save families and businesses more than $730 million on utility bills. 

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced May 21 that 40 state and local government programs have worked to upgrade the energy efficiency of more than 100,000 homes and local buildings and leveraged federal funds to launch sustainable community-based programs across the country. These energy upgrade activities supported more than $740 million in direct invoices for energy assessments and upgrades they performed. Direct investments and savings will continue to grow as leveraged funds are used to finance future energy efficiency project upgrades. 

Locally, EnergySmart has served 11,725 homes and 3,233 businesses with energy efficiency advising and incentives since the program launched three and a half years ago. With 67 percent of participating homeowners and 46 percent of business owners moving forward with energy upgrades, more than $27 million has been invested in community energy efficiency.  

EnergySmart is one of approximately 30 programs out of the original 40 that is continuing without federal support. Despite the conclusion of the Better Buildings grant in 2013, the EnergySmart service continues and is now funded by Boulder County, the City of Boulder Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax and the City of Longmont.

Residential Network Marks the Next Phase of the Program 
The Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Better Buildings Residential Network to support continued public-private partnerships on residential energy efficiency. EnergySmart is one of more than 70 organizations already welcomed as members to the Residential Network. The network provides technical assistance and facilitates peer sharing for a wide range of stakeholders including contractors, financial institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, and utilities who share best practices on home energy efficiency program strategies. Membership is open to all organizations interested in expanding the market for residential energy efficiency. More information is available at

Better Buildings Partners' Legacy Lives on Through Solution Center
In addition, EnergySmart and other Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners' examples, lessons, and resources have been used to develop DOE's newly created Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center. This online repository will help current and future program administrators and their partners plan, implement, manage and evaluate residential energy efficiency programs.

Before the Solution Center is made fully available to the public, DOE will host webinar demonstrations of the tool’s functionality, content and uses. During the demonstration, participants will receive a login to explore the tool. Those interested can register to attend the Discover the New Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center webinar on the following dates:

Find more information on how the Better Buildings Initiative is helping communities throughout the country save energy and money, at

For more information or to sign-up for EnergySmart, call 303-544-1000 (for homes) or 303-441-1300 (for businesses) or visit

Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist

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