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January, 2024

It's a wrap on 2023 – bring on 2024!

How was your 2023? Garfield County made great progress on clean energy and emissions last year! We've put together a graphic summarizing some of the key achievements (click the image to enlarge it).
 
With that said, GCE has a long to-do list for 2024: funding home energy retrofits through our ReEnergize program, shepherding the county EV-readiness plan, catalyzing clean mobility efforts and more. Read on for the latest news...

 

January is National Radon Action Month

Winter is the best time of year to test for radon because a more accurate reading can be obtained when windows and doors remain shut. Pick up your free radon test kit at the CLEER office in Carbondale or at the Garfield County Public Health offices in Glenwood Springs or Rifle.

Forty percent of homes in Garfield County have tested above the EPA limit for radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that enters homes through the ground. The only way to know the level of radon in your home is to use a radon test kit. Read more...

 

Can an all-renewable grid power an all-electric economy?

Will a grid that's increasingly powered by wind and solar be able to meet the growing electricity demand from EVs, heat pumps and all the other wonderful electric conveniences that are yet to be invented and that we’ll eventually believe we can’t live without?

Utility executives and electrical engineers are spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to manage this transition while keeping the lights on. While it may not have all the answers today, Holy Cross Energy is confident it will be able to solve the anticipated problems and hit its target of 100% renewable power by 2030. Read more...

Last chance to give input on county EV-readiness plan

How likely are you to purchase or lease an electric vehicle? What sorts of barriers stand in the way of doing that?

We want to hear from you – please take our Garfield County EV-readiness survey! It only takes a few minutes, and your responses will help us better understand what our community wants and needs as we prepare for the long-term transition to electric vehicles.

Holy Cross sweetens its rebates for income-qualified customers

Holy Cross Energy customers with low to moderate incomes can now qualify for expanded rebates on energy efficiency and electrification projects. If your household income falls under 150% of your the Area Median Income – in Garfield County, that's $104,200 for a single-person household and $148,800 for a family of four – the utility will rebate 50% of the project cost up to $7,500.

Qualifying projects include insulation and air sealing, heat pump heating and cooling, heat pump appliances and induction cooktops/stoves. For more information, see Holy Cross's website.

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