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, funded by a $25 million 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.
An Energy Assessment from EnergySmart will use diagnostic tools called a blower door and infrared camera to test where your home is leaking energy. They will check the "building envelope" (walls, attic, doors and windows) and the performance of your major appliances. After your assessment, you will receive a report with recommendations of which upgrades will give you the best bang for your buck.
Check out a VIDEO OF AN ENERGY ASSESSMENT HERE
Your Energy Advisor is your personal assistant, helping you every step of the way. Your advisor will:
- Install quick energy-saving items such as light bulbs, water-saving showerheads and insulation for your water pipes.
- Review your EnergySmart recommendations with you and help make a plan to reach your comfort or energy-saving goals.
- Offer you a select list of pre-qualified contractors and help you get and evaluate bids.
- Connect you with all government and utility rebates and financing options. They will even fill out your rebate and financing paperwork!
What about CFLs, carbon monoxide, radon, and air quality?
EnergySmart can help you detect and correct issues that can help improve the health and safety of your home, including:
- asbestos detection and mitigation
- radon testing and mitigation
- ensuring clean air and reducing mold risk
- testing for carbon monoxide and combustion gases
EnergySmart strives to help you make your home more efficient, comfortable and safe.
Please see the full EnergySmart Home Health and Safety Guide for details.
Yes! If your home is more than 50 years old, your Advisor will help submit a very simple review to the state historic preservation board. This typically takes 1-5 days and must be complete before any contractors begin work on the outside of your home (including windows, exterior wall penetrations or solar PV). Most reviews are quickly approved for work, and if not, most jobs can be easily modified to protect the historic nature of your home.
Yes. Due to the federal funding that supports EnergySmart, we are required to provide thorough reporting on how rebate dollars are spent. This requires our contractors to submit job completion reports before issuing rebates to customers. If you have a favorite contractor who is not yet part of the contractor referral pool, you can ask them to pursue enrolling. Application information can be found on our contractor information page. Contractors are approved through an application process which guarantees they have proper training, licensing, and insurance to do efficiency upgrades in Boulder County.
Yes they are! Many mobile homes can benefit from increased insulation, air sealing, new mechanical systems – in short, the same types of upgrades as a single-family house.
Please see the ClimateSmart loan program website for details.
What are my options?
EnergySmart will complete a Home Energy Assessment, then pair you with an expert Energy Advisor, who will:
- Install FREE energy and water-saving items
- Provide and explain a report on your home’s energy use
- Help determine the most cost-effective home improvements
- Help you get and evaluate bids from qualified contractors
- Help you find and apply for rebates and financial incentives
Already had an audit? Get EnergySmart for free!
Cost: $ 30
If you are already working closely with a contractor or know exactly what upgrades you'd like to make, our Advisor-only service offers:
- Installation of FREE energy and water-saving items
- Help with contractor selection (if needed)
- Assistance with rebates and financing
- DOES NOT include a Home Energy Assessment or recommendations report
Do you have questions for a home energy expert, but aren't sure if you'd like a full home assessment? Call today to get started for free.
- Answer questions about your home and get tips based on results from similar homes
- Help finding and accessing rebates and low-interest financing
- Help with contractor selection (if needed)
- This option does NOT include a Home Energy Assessment, a recommendations report, or any quick energy-saving devices.
If you have already had a home energy audit from another source (such as Xcel Energy), you can take advantage of EnergySmart’s rebates, financing, and expert Advisor assistance for free.
If you are a tenant, your landlord is required to be sure that your rental property meets an energy efficiency standard by 2019.
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.