February 1, 2017
Boulder County’s EnergySmart program launches a new Electric Vehicle advising service
Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County’s EnergySmart service is now offering
the nation’s first government-sponsored electric vehicle personal advising
This free service assists residents throughout Boulder
County in learning which all-electric (EV) or hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)
might be best for them. This type of advising is not meant to replace or
compete with EV information from an EV dealer, but rather to educate residents
about the pros and cons of these vehicles, available financial incentives, and
evaluate a family’s driving habits to determine which vehicles are a good fit. EnergySmart
advisors can also strategize charging options for your new vehicle whether at
home, at work, or around town. Residents can begin today by calling EnergySmart
“Boulder County is excited to expand our EnergySmart
service to include EV advising,” says County Commissioner Elise Jones. “This service
will provide residents with more opportunities and resources to reduce their
dependence on fossil fuels.”
Electric vehicles are inherently cleaner,
mechanically simpler, and easier to maintain than traditional gas-powered cars.
Even in areas that create electric energy from burning fossil fuels such as
coal, electric vehicles have less of a greenhouse gas footprint than gas-burning
cars. As more and more energy is generated by solar and wind, EVs’ greenhouse
gas footprint will continue to drop.
The EnergySmart service has helped more than 15,000
homes in Boulder County become more comfortable, affordable, and energy
efficient since 2011. This free service provides a personal home energy advisor
to help residents understand which energy efficient and renewable energy
upgrades are best for them, connect with pre-qualified contractors and find all
available rebates and incentives.
“Boulder County’s EnergySmart advisor model has been
adopted nationally across numerous service areas including wildfire mitigation,
water conservation, and resiliency,” says Dave Hatchimonji, Program Manager for
EnergySmart. “Currently, EVs have perceived and actual barriers to ownership, so
it made perfect sense to begin using our EnergySmart advisors to assist residents
in determining if EVs are right for them.”
more information about Boulder County’s new EV EnergySmart Advising, visit EnergySmartYES.com/ev-advising
or call 303-544-1000.
To learn about other
sustainability services offered to Boulder County residents, please visit www.BoulderCountySustainability.org.