Construction and operation of buildings:
- Consumes half of all material and energy flows,
- Contributes half the waste filling up landfills, and
- Accounts for half of the CO2 emissions in the U.S.
As the electricity sector improves, natural gas will account for a growing share of the county’s emissions, and efforts will need to focus on electrifying homes, businesses, and government buildings.
The Eagle County Facilities team manages:
- 81 buildings and
- 800,000 square feet of conditioned space.
- Airport Terminal
- Eagle County Building
- Justice Center
The Energy Smart Colorado program is implemented by Walking Mountains Science Center (in the Eagle River Valley) and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE, in the Roaring Fork Valley).
Walking Mountains Science Center (in the Eagle River Valley)
Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE, in the Roaring Fork Valley)
Holy Cross Energy (electric utility for most of Eagle County)
Xcel Energy (electric and gas utility for some of Eagle County)
Black Hills Energy (natural gas utility for most of Eagle County)
Weatherization is like a blanket around your house. It keeps your heating/cooling in while keeping "the elements" out.
What can you do to weatherize your home?
Caulking and weather-stripping
Pipe wrap and hot water heater blankets
As the electrical grid shifts toward renewables, transitioning from direct fossil fuel use (like gas furnaces and stoves) to electric will reduce emissions in our community. This shift is known as electrification or beneficial electrification.
How can you electrify the appliances in your home?
Heat pumps replace furnaces, boilers, and baseboards. They work like a reverse air conditioner or refrigerator. Bonus: In the summer, they work as an air conditioner. If you're thinking about replacing your heater or air conditioner, make the replacement a heat pump.
Heat pump hot water heaters work similarly to heat water in your home.
Induction stoves use electromagnetism to cook your food while keeping the cooktop cool and safe.
How can you accelerate the transition toward renewables while reducing your carbon footprint?
Battery storage in addition to renewables can increase the resiliency of your home.
Rebates exist for all of these actions. See rebate links for more details.
Income-qualified program that provides free weatherization assistance and electrical upgrades, including heat pumps, heat pump hot water heaters, and induction ranges (with cookware) in Eagle County homes for renters and home owners.
Improved indoor air quality,
Energy savings, and
Reduced GHG emissions.
How can I apply?
Make sure you're eligible by reviewing the CARE income qualifications on the Northwest Colorado Council of Government's (NWCCOG) website.
Fill out the application (also on the website) and send it to email@example.com or PO Box 2308, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Questions? Call NWCCOG at 800-332-3669.
Multifamily properties provide an incredible opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community while increasing the quality of life for a greater number of residents.
What does the program do?
The Multifamily BEECH program provides multifamily properties (4+ units per building) with engineered upgrades to existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment and other electrification measures such as hot water heating, cooking, lighting, and more!
Does Eagle County pay for everything?
No, building owners are responsible for contracting with the engineer directly. All installation is performed at the building owner's expense.
How can I apply?
If you live in or own multifamily housing and are interested in this program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your multifamily building is a candidate for this opportunity.
Do you live in a deed-restricted home and need to replace your furnace or air-conditioned?
You may be eligible for incremental funds from the ECO Credits program.
The Electrification Carbon Offset (ECO) Credits program is a local carbon offset program with funds to help locals electrify their deed-restricted home in Eagle County.
Why this program?
Many of Eagle County's deed-restricted homes were built around 20 years ago. Many have original furnaces. Installing heat pumps before the appliances fail maintains comfort on a prudent timeline. Heat pumps also provide the additional benefit of cooling in the summer.
How do I apply for the funding?
Reach out to Kasey Provorse at Energy Smart Colorado.