EnergySmart program half way to participation goals

Friday, May 04, 2012

More than 5,000 homes and 1,500 businesses enrolled

Boulder County, Colo. – EnergySmart’s residential program enrolled its 5,000th participant today, less than two weeks after the commercial service topped 1,500 participating businesses.

EnergySmart launched its countywide energy efficiency services in January 2011. Aiming to reach 10,000 homes and 3,000 businesses by the end of May 2013, the program is on target to reach its participation goals.

“It feels great to reach this milestone and to know that people all over the county are taking advantage of this wonderful program and making their buildings more efficient.” Boulder County Commissioner Cindy Domenico said. “EnergySmart’s success is defined by community involvement and I am so proud to see county residents getting involved, supporting local businesses and saving energy.”

EnergySmart provides a suite of services to help residents and businesses in all Boulder County communities identify valuable energy-saving opportunities. Services include energy assessments, advisor assistance in finding contractors, and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.

EnergySmart focuses on improvements that will reduce energy waste and improve comfort and cost-savings for participants. “My Advisor, Gaby, made it easy to prioritize what could make my home more comfortable year-round,” said Tim Van Lieu, an EnergySmart participant and Lafayette homeowner. More than 95 percent of residential customers report that they would recommend the service to a friend or coworker. More than half of enrollees have completed energy upgrades in their homes.

More than $920,000 in EnergySmart business rebates have helped to fund 524 commercial energy efficiency projects throughout Boulder County since the service began. Mark Williams Enterprises in Louisville installed T8 fluorescent tubes, occupancy sensors, and many new LED light fixtures, “which provide a much improved working environment,” said company president Mark Williams. “We view this as a long-term investment. We believe in being environmentally responsible, and this is a large step in that direction.”

EnergySmart is one of 40 energy efficiency programs nationwide funded by grants awarded to state and local governments, through the BetterBuildings Neighborhood Program. Because of its ambitious goals and high participation rates, EnergySmart is emerging as a model of success in these closely-monitored programs. For more information, visit www.EnergySmartYES.com or call 303-544-1000 (for homes) or 303-441-1300 (for businesses).

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 the Platte River Power Authority.



Barbara Halpin
Boulder County Public Information Officer
BHALPIN@bouldercounty.org
303-441-1622


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