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.
What will my Energy Advisor do for me?
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
How do I get started? How can I start saving money?
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.
Do I have to get an energy assessment?
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.
Is my property or business eligible for the EnergySmart service?
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.
Call an Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 to discuss whether your property and project are eligible. Your advisor can help identify the utility rebates and financing options available.
What about mixed-use properties or multifamily buildings with residential and commercial space?
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.
Do I have to use an EnergySmart contractor? How do I find a contractor?
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 demonstrated their interest in helping businesses complete energy-efficient projects and apply for funding from utility rebate programs and the EnergySmart incentives. 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
How do I qualify for renewable energy rebates?
Rebates for renewable energy are available to businesses that demonstrate a Portfolio Manager (PM) score of 60 or greater. If the business cannot show a PM of 60 or greater (either because the score is less than 60 or PM does not issue a score for the business type), an Energy Advisor can work with the business to identify a list of efficiency measures that need to be implemented prior to receiving a rebate for renewables. Call an Energy Advisor at 303.441.1300 for more information.
Are the EnergySmart rebates available for new construction?
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.
What rebates are available?
Rebates for energy-efficient upgrades are available from many sources, including local goverments and utilities. Your EnergySmart Advisor will help you identify all incentives and financing specific to the project in your business or commercial property. READ MORE
Can I reserve an EnergySmart rebate?
Businesses can reserve rebate dollars for projects by submitting a contractor bid to their EnergySmart Advisor, pending funds are available. You are encouraged to contact an Advisor at 303.441.1300 early in the process to ensure your project qualifies for all available rebates.
I applied for a rebate three weeks ago, where is my rebate check?
Rebates take 6 to 8 weeks to process. Please contact your EnergySmart Advisor at 303.441.1300 to check the status of your rebate.
Does EnergySmart offer loans?
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
Does EnergySmart offer tax advice?
No, EnergySmart does not offer tax advice. However, you are encouraged to contact a tax consultant as there are federal tax incentives available.
What are other local resources for businesses?
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.
Who are EnergySmart partners?
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.
Who are the supporting program consultants?
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.