Rebates Available for Home Improvements
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OURAY COUNTY – The New Community Coalition, the Telluride region’s environmental sustainability program, have joined with the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) to announce the kickoff of the “Insulate Colorado” program. The program offers financial assistance to Colorado homeowners who wish to make energy-efficiency improvements to their homes.

Insulate Colorado provides rebates to homeowners for insulation installed by an eligible contractor. Rebates are offered for 20 percent of the total job cost or $300, whichever amounts to less. Residents of Ouray and San Miguel counties are eligible to apply for the rebate through TNCC. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until program funding is exhausted.

According to TNCC, properly insulating and air sealing a home will not only help reduce heating and cooling costs but also make the home more comfortable. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20 percent of heating and cooling costs, or up to 10 percent of total energy costs, by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces and accessible basement rim joists.

“A recent 12 percent rise in energy costs has many homeowners looking for ways to control energy costs, and a properly insulated home can save money during both the heating and cooling seasons,” said Tom Plant, GEO Director.

Funding for Insulate Colorado was allocated on a matching basis by GEO and TNCC. Much of TNCC’s funding for this program was provided by San Miguel County.

To qualify for the Insulate Colorado rebate, a homeowner must use an eligible contractor to install insulation pursuant to 2006 International Energy Conservation Codes. A list of eligible contractors from southwestern Colorado is located at www.newcommunitycoalition.org/governor.html.

Homeowners requesting the rebate must reside in San Miguel or Ouray counties and should submit the following documentation to TNCC:

• a completed Homeowner Rebate Request Form, available at www.newcommunitycoalition.org/governor.html;

• a copy of the contractor’s invoice showing total job costs and measures installed;

• a copy of the official “Insulation Card” demonstrating the amount of insulation added.

Additional program information is available on TNCC and GEO websites. Contact Kim Wheels, TNCC Energy Specialist, at 970/728-1340 or newcommunitycoalition@gmail.com with questions regarding this program.
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