Act now to cash in on these new incentives!
Garfield Clean Energy has launched ReEnergize, a new program designed to help struggling households and businesses – and to boost the local economy – through efficiency and clean energy.
ReEnergize is initially offering the following two new cash incentives. Funds are limited and it’s first come, first served, so act now! Before the end of the year we hope to announce a rooftop-solar rebate as well.
An extra $150 off of an Xcel home energy audit
This rebate is available to Xcel all-electric and gas-plus-electric residential customers (renters as well as homeowners). The purpose is to level the playing field for these households, who mainly reside in the Parachute-New Castle corridor and don’t qualify for other rebates available in Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley.
GCE is offering the $150 ReEnergize rebate to help cover the cost of the top-of-the-line Infrared Audit. When combined with Xcel’s $200 rebate, it brings the cost of the audit from $450 down to $100. Plus, you'll get a free starter kit of LED bulbs and a portable solar charger – a $100 value – courtesy of Garfield Clean Energy and Xcel.
Besides all that, the audit is a great deal because it will qualify you for hundreds of dollars’ worth of rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades – and those upgrades will likely save you hundreds of dollars a year on your utility bills.
The Infrared Audit uses an infrared camera to get a thermal image of your walls and ceilings to pinpoint exactly where heat is leaking out (or in). In addition, you’ll get a blower-door test to measure how much air is leaking, an inspection of your heating/cooling system and appliances, a carbon monoxide test, and an analysis of your energy bills.
Read our recent blog post: Energy audits are a hit with homeowners.
With the home energy audit you'll also get a free starter kit of LED bulbs, including a portable solar charger - a $100 value right there!
You must schedule your audit with an Xcel-approved contractor. EnergyWise Consultants does most of the home energy audits in Garfield County (contact details at right/below). They'll apply for both the ReEnergize and Xcel rebates on your behalf so that you only have to pay the $100 difference up-front.
Up to $1,500 for commercial energy-efficiency projects
ReEnergize commercial rebates are designed to support our local businesses that have been hard hit by the coronavirus, particularly restaurants, retailers and lodges.
Businesses should begin by signing up here for free commercial energy coaching from GCE. A coach will do a free walk-through of the premises, help you develop the best-bang-for-the-buck project, and advise on available utility rebates and other funding. These funding sources can often pay for 25% or more of the project's cost.
Where such funding is unavailable or inadequate (typically in western Garfield County), coaches will review the project for ReEnergize eligibility.
Approved ReEnergize projects will be eligible for $1,500 or 50% of project costs (whichever is less), inclusive of all rebates. For example, if a project costs $3,000+ and qualifies for a $500 utility rebate, ReEnergize will pay out an additional $1,000. A maximum of $1,500 in ReEnergize funding can be awarded per project.
Funding is limited, so please sign up or contact our coaches as soon as possible to discuss your project. Priority will be given to projects that result in the greatest energy savings and those that can't be funded through other rebate programs.