EnergySmart helps homes and businesses in all Boulder County communities become more comfortable and energy efficient. EnergySmart aims to reach at least 10,000 homes and 3,000 businesses by June 2013. It is designed to stimulate local economic growth; increase energy efficiency investment in Colorado; and advance the state's energy independence through energy upgrades.
EnergySmart is a collaborative partnership throughout Boulder County, and is funded by $12 million in seed funds received through a grant from the Department of Energy's BetterBuildings Program, combined with contributions from the City of Boulder’s Climate Action Plan tax and the City of Longmont.
Your Energy Advisor helps with every step on your way to saving energy and money. Your advisor will:
- Perform a brief energy assessment of your business or commercial property
- Review your energy-saving opportunities and help make a plan to reach your goals
- Help you find contractors and evaluate bids
- Uncover all government and utility rebates and financing options for your upgrade
If you aren’t sure where to begin, call an Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 to schedule an energy assessment or consultation. If you already have a project and contractor identified, you will need to call an Energy Advisor (prior to beginning work) to ensure that your project will qualify for all available rebates and financial incentives. The assessment and advising are FREE to all businesses throughout Boulder County.
The EnergySmart service is available to commercial and institutional properties within Boulder County (including non-profits, manufacturing facilities and multifamily housing). Public and government institutions are not eligible for EnergySmart services.
Note that casinos or other gambling establishments, aquariums, zoos, golf courses, swimming pools, or medical marijuana dispensaries are not eligible for the EnergySmart service, incentives or financing.
Call an Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 to discuss whether your property and project are eligible. Your advisor can help identify other utility rebates and financing options available.
An energy assessment is not required to talk with an EnergySmart Advisor or to apply for financing. However, energy assessments help to identify and prioritize energy efficiency projects, so we recommend them for all businesses (at no cost). Call an Advisor at 303.441.1300 to discuss your options.
If you are a resident (homeowner or tenant) or a property manager (where units have residential utility meters) in an apartment, duplex, triplex, condo or townhome, you should call the EnergySmart hotline that specializes in services and rebates available for multifamily and mixed-use properties at 303-544-1000.
If you are calling as a property manager (or HOA) where the property has commercial utility meters, please contact a Business Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 to find out if your property qualifies for energy efficiency rebates and/or financing for upgrades.
Businesses may work with any vendor or contractor for project installations. However, businesses must contact an EnergySmart Advisor prior to the installation of energy efficiency measures in order to be eligible for EnergySmart rebates.
Contractors listed on the EnergySmart website have attended an EnergySmart rebate information session or have already completed projects that qualified for EnergySmart rebates, so should be familiar with rebate applications and requirements. Boulder County makes no representations or warranties regarding accuracy of information, quality of service, or proof of insurance for any contractor on this list. It is strongly recommended that businesses obtain 2-3 bids for a project and specify that they want a project to qualify for rebates. Contractors can also contact an Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 if they have questions about qualifying equipment. VIEW CONTRACTOR LISTS
Glad you asked! Residential and commercial property owners in Boulder County are now eligible for an energy loan program offered in partnership with Elevations Credit Union. The loan program offers low interest loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. Business energy loan rates start at 3.75% for a three year term and go up from there based on loan term and borrower's credit score. The loan program launched August 8, 2012. READ MORE
Rebates are available from many sources, including utilities, city governments, etc. An EnergySmart Advisor can help you find and apply for all available rebates for your upgrades. READ MORE
Boulder County anticipates offering rebate funding this coming summer 2013 through the EnergySmart service. Stay tuned as more details become available. In addition to Boulder County, the Cities of Longmont and Boulder as well as the local utilities are offering great rebates. Your EnergySmart advisor will help you identify all incentives and financing specific to the project in your business or commercial property. READ MORE
No, the rebates are only available for retrofits to existing buildings. Please contact an Energy Advisor at 303-441-1300 to determine whether your project is eligible.
In order to qualify for rebates (or financing) for Solar Photovoltaic and other renewable energy sources, businesses must participate in the EnergySmart program and implement efficiency upgrades that result in a 15% reduction in energy use. Call an Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 for more information.
EnergySmart and other local rebates may be available depending on your location and local utility. We recommend that you call an EnergySmart Advisor at 303.441.1300 to get the most current status and for project implementation support (for free!). READ MORE
No, rebates are first-come, first serve. Applications must be submitted after the work is completed. We encourage you to call an Energy Advisor to ensure that your project will qualify for all available rebates and financial incentives, before you start.
Rebates take 6 to 8 weeks to process. Please contact our rebate processor at 1-877-811-8700 to check the status of your rebate.
EnergySmart has contracted with a consultant to offer free consultation with a financial advisor to businesses that own 5 or more properties, or own a property over 50,000 square feet. This is offered first-come, first-serve for a limited time so contact an Energy Advisor today to find out more. READ MORE
Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) is a free program in Boulder County committed to providing local businesses with technical assistance to improve their energy efficiency, zero waste management, and water conservation.
10 for Change is a free and voluntary program funded by the City of Boulder's Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax that offers resources and networking opportunities to the business community. Join more than 110 businesses committed to reducing energy use and waste.
Denver Energy Challenge is designed to help businesses (and homes) save money, increase energy efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City and County of Denver.
Small Business Development Center network is dedicated to helping small businesses achieve their goals by providing confidential counseling and various training programs.
Colorado Green Building Guild is a non-profit trade organization representing a wide range of green building leaders. The guild offers resources to consumers and green building professionals.
PARTNERS & CONSULTANTS
Bringing it all together
Boulder County, in partnership with the Cities of Boulder and Longmont, offers the EnergySmart service to residents and businesses with target participation levels of 10,000 homes and 3,000 businesses by June 2013. EnergySmart was made possible when Boulder County was awarded $25 million in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's BetterBuildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) in the summer of 2010. This funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and of this, $12 million is designated to expand energy efficiency services to residents and businesses in Boulder County. The City and County of Denver, Garfield County, and the Denver Regional Council of Governments are also involved in this grant to pilot and deliver similar, convenient energy efficiency services in other parts of the state. EnergySmart is designed to stimulate local economic growth, increase energy efficiency investment in Colorado, and advance the state's energy independence through large-scale energy upgrades.
City of Boulder, Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD)
Laying the groundwork for local climate action
In 2006, the City of Boulder staff and community developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to serve as a roadmap for achieving Boulder’s emissions reduction goals. One program concept that originated from Boulder’s CAP focused on eliminating barriers to property owners making energy efficiency improvements to their buildings, a program design originally known as “Two Techs and a Truck.” With the help of the grant and collaboration with Boulder County and the City of Longmont, “Two Techs and a Truck” expanded into EnergySmart, while still addressing these same barriers. The City of Boulder continues to contribute CAP tax funds to support EnergySmart for both residents and businesses in the city. LEARN MORE ABOUT LEAD SERVICES
City of Longmont
Improving services for Longmont residents
In April of 2010, the City of Longmont was awarded $325,000 from the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. To maximize resources and offer consistent, county-wide energy efficiency programs, Longmont has designated this funding to supplement the EnergySmart program, increasing services already in place for Longmont utility customers. LEARN MORE ABOUT LONGMONT SERVICES
Boulder County Public Health
Working with businesses to be EnergySmart
Boulder County Public Health designed and administers the Commercial EnergySmart service. Energy Advisors work with businesses to identify energy-saving opportunities and take advantage of incentives and financing to upgrade to more efficient and better performing equipment. Boulder County Public Health has been working with businesses in Boulder County for nearly 20 years to achieve energy, waste, water, and other sustainability goals through the award-winning Partners for A Clean Environment (PACE) Program.
Populus Sustainable Design Consulting
Helping homeowners and landlords get EnergySmart
Populus is a residential energy efficiency consulting firm based in Boulder, Colorado. Populus has worked with municipalities throughout the West to design and implement residential sustainability programs and green building codes for both existing and new homes, including the nation's first performance-based energy code for rental housing. Populus works with Boulder County to administer the Residential EnergySmart services.
Behind the numbers (and the Kilowatt Kid)
Symbiotic provides clients with the most robust analytical engine to make informed decisions on resource consumption trends and program effectiveness. To facilitate this mission, Symbiotic has developed a suite of tools to assist communities and utilities in evaluating a wide range of sustainability metrics with a focus on reducing life cycle resource consumption and GHG emissions. Symbiotic works with Boulder County to manage and analyze the data produced by the EnergySmart program.
Nexant has provided services ranging from energy assessments to energy efficiency program design for the Boulder community since 2004. Currently, Nexant works with Boulder County on the development and delivery of the Heating & Cooling Optimization program, the design of a suite of commercial energy efficiency rebates for businesses in Boulder County, and the development and implementation of a measurement and verification process for the commercial EnergySmart service.
Cypress is processing residential and commercial EnergySmart rebates. Cypress receives rebate applications from EnergySmart Advisors and processes them before sending rebate checks to customers.
The Cadmus Group, a national consulting firm, worked with EnergySmart during its first year to develop our name, logo, and branding, as well as a research-based marketing and outreach plan.
The creative design
Walden Hyde has helped with the creative design of EnergySmart videos, ads, and the current website. They are credited with the clean and innovative look of our marketing campaign.