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Eagle County seeks energy raters

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Eagle County is seeking all certified energy raters interested in training to use the Department of Energy’s Energy Score software program.

The training is required for any entity interested in becoming a vendor for the tri-county Energy Smart program, which is being developed to simplify and track energy efficiency improvements for homeowners in Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison counties.

Those who complete the training will collect information during brief home walk-throughs, then score homes on a scale of 1 to 10. A 10 would represent a home with excellent energy performance whereas a 1 would represent a home that needs extensive energy improvements or upgrades. The rater will install low-cost efficiency improvements free of charge, as well as provide the homeowner with a list of additional energy improvements and cost savings estimates.

Energy Smart is being funded through a $4.9 million grant from the Better Buildings Program which will provide citizen access to information, financing and energy-efficiency professionals. The goal of the project is to achieve a 20 percent or better energy savings in at least 10 percent of existing residential housing in the tri-county region over a three-year period. Energy Smart is one of 10 community programs in the nation selected to utilize the Energy Score pilot program, as announced by Vice President Joe Biden on Nov. 9.

To register for the training, call Eagle County Environmental Policy Planner Adam Palmer at 970-328-8734 no later than Jan. 10. For more information on Energy Score, visit www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/homeenergyscore/.

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