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December, 2023

Save energy and money during the holidays

Will your office or facility be closing down during the upcoming holiday period? You can save energy and money by following a few simple steps. Over the four-day Thanksgiving break, buildings using our Advanced Energy Management energy-tracking platform saved an impressive 5,300 kilowatt-hours – enough to power three average homes for a year! See our Holiday/Winter Break Shutdown guide for tips.

Geothermal test drilling underway in Garfield County

The design and modeling phase for a large-scale geothermal project in Carbondale kicked off last month with the drilling of a 500-foot-deep test well.

This is not your father’s geothermal. It doesn’t need hot water or steam to work. Instead, it taps into a much, much more common resource – the natural, ambient temperature of the ground beneath us. It holds the promise of affordable, scalable heating and cooling in buildings, while drawing on our region's expertise in oil and gas production. Read more...

And just like that, electric vehicles are looking affordable

Technology transitions often happen slowly at first, then all at once. In the case of electric vehicles, early adopters have been zipping around in their Teslas for 10-plus years, while the rest of us have been sitting on the sidelines, skeptically awaiting further data. And waiting for prices to come down.

Now EV sales are increasing exponentially, a third of Americans say their next car will likely be electric, and the economics of buying an EV are becoming much more favorable. What’s more, new government incentives make EVs more affordable for regular working folks. Read more...

GCE to help towns update their building energy codes

Garfield Clean Energy will be helping three Garfield County towns implement the latest international and state building energy codes in the first half of 2024.

GCE already provides its member governments with code-related consulting and trainings (that’s CLEER building specialist Heidi McCullough pictured at a recent HVAC training in Glenwood Springs). Funding from the Colorado Energy Office will enable us to help Carbondale and New Castle update to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code and the Colorado Model Electric Ready and Solar Ready Code, as well as to educate building officials and tradespeople in those towns and Glenwood Springs on how to meet and enforce their new codes.

Energy code updates have historically yielded positive returns on investment, and they also have other benefits. Read more in this June 2023 blog post.

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