Cen$ible Energy program encourages rebate applicants
Steamboat Springs — The five-month-old local energy efficiency rebate program Cen$ible Energy is in full swing and has provided more than $6,400 in rebates through the end of August to 91 YVEA members in Routt and Moffat counties.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah Jones, whose nonprofit organization administers the rebate program, said the rebates resulted in almost $26,000 in work for regional energy efficiency contractors and vendors.
Approximately $15,600 in rebate funding is still available through 2015, with a $500 maximum per Yampa Valley Electric Association member. Rebates currently are available for: LED lights; Energy Star appliances for dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators and freezers; programmable thermostats for either natural gas or electric connections; full or partial energy audits; and air-sealing weatherization.
Examples of the rebates include $10 each for up to 10 LED bulbs or $100 total for LED bulbs used more than two hours per day, and $80 to $100 for a new Energy Star appliance with proper recycling of the previous appliance.
The annual rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all YVEA residential and business members with a special outreach to lower income and small business members. More information is available at censibleenergy.org.
Cen$ible Energy is made possible through funding by YVEA and the city of Steamboat Springs, with support from YVSC and Yampatika. Jones said the program is in need of more financial sponsors in order to continue rebates at least through 2017.
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