Start with a home energy assessment

With the cost of energy rising, it makes all the more sense to decrease energy use. Our job is to help you do that – and the best way to get started is with a home energy assessment.

A home energy assessment (or audit) is a comprehensive evaluation of your home's energy use by a professional home energy analyst. It will identify which measures are appropriate for your particular situation and which will provide the best bang for your buck.

The analyst will perform a blower door test and thermal imaging to reveal where air is leaking in or out of the home, inspect your furnace and water heater, and test your indoor air quality for potential health and safety issues. (See this blog post about the process.) You’ll probably get some free “quick fix” items like LED bulbs, a programmable thermostat or hot water blanket, and afterwards you’ll get a written report listing other recommended measures.

If you earn less than 120% of the median income for our area, you’ll qualify for a free home energy assessment through our ReEnergize Garfield County program. Visit the ReEnergize page to learn more and apply.

If you aren’t eligible for ReEnergize, you can get a home assessment through Energy Smart Colorado – the enrollment form is here. Garfield Clean Energy has recently become the Energy Smart Colorado partner for our county.

The cost of an Energy Smart home energy assessment depends on where you live and which utility provides your electricity. The going rate is $350-400 for an average-sized home, minus an instant rebate of $144 (if you’re with Holy Cross Energy) or $160 (Glenwood Springs Electricity). Unfortunately, Xcel Energy doesn’t offer rebates on assessments.

Residents west of Rifle: please contact us first, as there are extra challenges to scheduling assessments in your area.