Minturn connecting residents with programs that save money and energy at home
Through a collaborative effort with Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy, the town of Minturn developed and adopted an Energy Action Plan in 2017. This plan identifies communitywide energy goals and actions to achieve them:
Greenhouse gas reduction goal: Reduce building-related greenhouse gas emissions 5 percent per year, and 80 percent by 2050.
Energy reduction goal: Achieve a 5 percent energy reduction from Minturn’s 2016 energy baseline by June 2019.
As part of its efforts to reduce energy use for residents, town leadership, in collaboration with Xcel Energy and Walking Mountains Science Center, shares resources available to improve home efficiency and save residents money.
Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program
For income-qualified homes in Eagle County, Walking Mountains Science Center and Energy Outreach Colorado offer the Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program that provides free home energy assessments and upgrades to qualified homeowners and tenants. To qualify for the CARE program, a household must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income.
Upgrades can include insulation and air sealing, furnace tune-ups and safety checks, Energy Star refrigerators, LED light bulbs, low-flow faucet aerators and programmable thermostats.
Home energy assessment
For residents that are not eligible for Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program, Walking Mountains Science Center offers a comprehensive home energy assessment for $100. A qualified Energy Smart analyst will come to your home and swap out old bulbs for LEDs, install a programmable thermostat, install weather-stripping on a drafty door and more.
To determine which program is right for you, contact the Energy Programs department at Walking Mountains at 970-328-8777 or energy@walking mountains.org or visit http://www.walking mountains.org/energy.
About Minturn’s Energy Action Plan
If you are interested in learning more about Minturn’s Energy Action Plan, visit the town website, http://minturn.org/energysavers/index.html. Or if you want to know what you can do to help, contact Cindy Krieg, economic development coordinator for town of Minturn, at 970-827-5645, ext. 5, or at email@example.com.