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June, 2024

BikeThere! on June 26: a day to celebrate biking, an activity that benefits everyone

Next Wednesday, June 26 is Colorado Bike to Work Day – a day to encourage commuters to discover the many benefits of two-wheeled travel, as well as to celebrate biking and bike-friendly communities.

In Garfield County, the celebration will take the form of BikeThere!, a series of family-friendly mini-events in each of our communities. Stop by your nearest Garfield County Library from 3 to 6 p.m. to grab refreshments and swag, get tips on bike safety and maintenance, and enter to win great prizes! In addition, stations will be set up for the morning commute along the Rio Grande Trail in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Read more...

ReEnergize to the rescue for this fixer-upper

When Chelsea Carnoali and Andrés Venerdini bought their home outside of Glenwood Springs in 2022, they knew they were taking on a lot. “We scratched and kicked to get into a house, so of course the only one we could afford was one that needed a lot of work,” Chelsea recalls.

Top priorities were upgrading one of the bathrooms and replacing old flooring and windows. And then they did two things that you might not think would be on the must-do list, but turned out to be wise investments. The first was to install a rooftop solar system. The second was to upgrade the home’s insulation, courtesy of GCE's ReEnergize Garfield County program. Read more...

Glenwood Springs offers residents up to $2,000 for water-saving projects

The City of Glenwood Springs has announced its 2024 water-efficiency rebate program, which pays residents to conserve water in their homes, lawns and gardens. While funds last, residential water customers can tap into cash rebates on water-efficient appliances, toilets, fixtures and irrigation equipment.

Turf-replacement projects qualify for the biggest rebates – $2 a square foot, up to a maximum of $2,000. It’s a great way to save money on water, save time on mowing, and keep more water in local rivers and streams. Read more...

Last chance for ReEnergize funding

Are you feeling the heat of summer in your house? Are you wishing your utility bills weren’t so high?

Most houses have inadequate insulation and air sealing, leading to excess heat in summer and high energy costs year-round. But it doesn't have to be this way! Our ReEnergize Garfield County program offers financial aid of $2,000-4,000 for home energy upgrades, which will save you money and make your home more comfortable. But don't delay, because most of the program’s 2024 funding has been allocated! Learn more and apply here.

Carbondale geothermal project generates excitement

The community geothermal project being planned for Carbondale continues to advance. In April, the project team hosted a professional workshop on thermal energy networks that attracted government and utility representatives from around the state, and generated considerable excitement and thoughtful discussion about how to start planning for the adoption of such systems. Read about it in the Aspen Daily News.

Thermal energy networks are now seen to be a promising part of the clean energy transition, and Colorado is emerging as an innovation hotspot. Last month the Colorado Energy Office announced $7.7 million in grants for early-stage geothermal developments, with Carbondale’s project being one of the recipients. Here's what the Glenwood Springs Post Independent wrote about it.

Faces of eBikeThere 2024

The eBikeThere Garfield County program helps reduce vehicle travel and pollution by making e-bikes available to all. This year's graduating class received their bikes at trainings held recently in Parachute, Carbondale and Rifle. Shown here riding off into the sunset are Brian Colley, Annie McIntosh and Seth Bontrager.

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