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Energy Smart offers winter heating incentives for safety, efficiency

Contact: Adam Palmer at 970-328-8734 or

Energy Smart Colorado is offering up to a $1,000 rebate for high efficiency boilers and furnaces to homeowners who improve the safety and efficiency of their homes. In addition to providing cost savings, improved comfort and dependability, new heating equipment can significantly reduce the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 108 individuals died and another 256 were hospitalized due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in Colorado between 2000 and 2008. Newer, high efficiency furnaces and boilers provide direct-venting or sealed combustion, which means they draw air for combustion from outside the home, which greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Older, low efficiency furnaces and boilers draw air for combustion from inside the home. Often, air pressure surrounding heating equipment can drop and create a vacuum, back-drafting exhaust into the living spaces of the home, bringing carbon monoxide and other pollutants along with it.

“A large portion of homes we see have some sort of gas leak or back-drafting issue,” says Marty Treadway, Energy Smart Advisor in Pitkin County. “While performing an assessment last week, one of our analysts noticed a boiler failure and got the gas company over right away. They replaced the ailing boiler with a new 95 percent efficient model and will receive a $1,000 rebate through our program.”

Energy Smart Colorado is a program funded by the Department of Energy and is a partnership between Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison Counties. Yuri Kostick, Home Energy Advisor for Eagle County, fields calls from homeowners about a wide range of energy concerns. “A homeowner called us last week about their house being drafty and cold. Through an Energy Smart assessment, we found huge leaks in both the attic and the crawlspace,” says Kostick. “Some caulk, spray foam and insulation is all it took to stop the cold air that was constantly entering the home…and they qualified for rebates.”

Homeowners who are not in the market for a new furnace or boiler can still qualify for the $1,000 rebate by making other energy saving improvements that cut total home energy use by at least 20percent. Qualifying improvements include insulation, air sealing, crawlspace improvements, door and window replacements, programmable thermostats, lighting and water heaters.

For more information and to register for the program, visit or call 970-328-8777.