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Free home energy audits offered

Certified home energy auditor Greg Pohlman conducts a blower-door test on a home in Routt County in 2017. Local energy experts are encouraging residents to take advantage of several rebate programs to cut down on their monthly utility costs this winter.
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A new energy efficiency partnership forged this summer allows homeowners in Routt and Moffat counties to sign up for a home energy assessment for free after rebates, according to a news release from Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

The free option is available to all homeowners who have utility services through both Yampa Valley Electric Association and Atmos Energy.

The assessment would otherwise cost $350, and homeowners also receive a free “quick-fix” kit valued at $50 for gas saving measures such as a hot water heater blanket and pipe wrap.

The service is available to customers who sign up through Energy Smart Colorado at, which works in partnership with the local nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

“We are excited about this opportunity for so many people to get a free energy assessment,” said Sarah Jones, YVSC executive director, in the release. “With the cold weather approaching, this is the time to find out how to make your home more energy efficient. A free audit after rebates allows more money to go toward energy efficiency upgrades for lower utility bills and a more comfortable home this winter.”

The residential assessment includes an extensive walk-through, a blower-door test and infrared imaging to show areas of air leakage. A comprehensive report is sent to the customer afterward with a list of recommendations.

Homeowners will have accurate information and images indicating how to proceed with home energy efficiency improvements in a prioritized and cost-effective manner.

The upfront cost to customers is $150, which is returned after a Cen$ible Energy rebate form is completed by the YVEA customer. The free offering is applicable to homes 3,000-square-feet or less. Homes larger than 3,000 square feet have an additional charge of 5 cents per square foot. Home assessments in outlying areas may incur a modest travel fee.

The direct website link to sign up for the home energy assessments can be found at or call toll-free at 855-372-5064.

Energy Smart Colorado began in 2010 as a federally funded program to provide energy efficiency services to residences in the central mountain region. Today, ESC is a growing consortium of member organizations that share the same mission to make energy improvements simple and affordable.

ESC provides a field assessment tool, a data management system, energy advisers, a network of qualified analysts and contractors, and access to loans and incentives.

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