Energy Conservation Assistance
Boulder Center for ReSource Conservation
CRC is a 501©3 nonprofit empowering the Front Range community to conserve natural resources. Through sustainability programs and ReSource Store.
Boulder County - Housing and Energy
Through Resource Central's sustainability programs and ReSource Store, they bring practical environmental solutions to homes, businesses, and schools
Colorado Governor's Energy Office
Mission: To improve the effective use of all of Colorado's energy resources and the efficient consumption of energy in all economic sectors, through providing technical guidance, financial support, policy advocacy and public communications.
Department of Energy
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
Energy Outreach Colorado
The mission of Energy Outreach Colorado is to ensure that all low-income Coloradans can meet their home energy needs
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
Longs Peak Energy Conservation - Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization
LPEC provides improvements to safety, energy efficiency, comfort and general repair of the homes of eligible clients through a variety of different programs.
Conservation & Sustainability Tips
Conserving energy and water in your own unit can save you $ on your monthly utility bills and also help our planet.
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- Turn Off Lights When You Leave a Room - Every time you turn off lights when they're not needed, you're saving energy and money. Keeping one 75-watt bulb off for just one hour a day can save $73.80 a month.
- Install Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Bulbs Where You Can - Over the life of one CFL bulb, you could save approximately $55. They cost a bit more, but you'll change them less often and they produce little or no heat.
- Switch your computer to sleep mode when it's not used for five minutes. If you plan to be away from the computer for more than 30 minutes, turn it off.
- Replace old appliances with ENERGY STARTM appliances.
- Use Lids and Turn Off Electric Burners Early - Use lids to trap steam and help food cook faster. If you're cooking with an electric range, you can turn off the burners a few minutes early because the burners retain heat.
- Dry Laundry Loads Back-to-Back - Since your dryer retains heat, dry several loads in a row. You can reduce the heat level on the last load or two. Dry your lightweight items together, using a lower heat setting for less time. Or even better, use your outdoor clotheslines.
- Ensure Your Home Is Properly Insulated - Poor or no insulation means losing up to 25 percent of your heating energy.
- Control Air Leaks in Your Home - Add weather-stripping to doors and windows for the most cost-effective way to protect your home. Keep fireplace dampers closed to avoid losing up to 10% of furnace heat through the chimney. Make absolutely sure your fire place damper is in the open position before every use to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Clean or Replace your Furnace Filter Regularly and tune your furnace every two years.
- Use Passive Solar Heating On Sunny Days Open drapes on south-facing windows when it is sunny. At night, close drapes to retain heat. Close drapes to provide insulation where windows receive no direct sunlight. Up to 15 percent of your heat can escape through unprotected windows.
- Open Windows on Cool Nights On cool days and nights, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Don't open windows when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house.
- Repair Leaky Faucets One drop per second from a leaky faucet wastes up to 400 gallons of water a year. Not only is water being wasted, but so is the energy used to heat the water.
- Scrape, Don't Rinse Your Dishes Scrape your dishes instead of rinsing to save water and the energy needed to heat the water.
- Run Your Dishwasher Only When It's Full Get in the habit of running your dishwasher only when it's full to maximize energy savings.
- Air-Dry Your Dishes, Even in the Dishwasher Air-dry the dishes or use the unit's energy-saving features. Avoid using the heat-dry, rinse-hold and pre-rinse features.
- Take shorter showers to save water and water heating costs.
- Wash Clothes in the Coolest Water Possible About 80 percent of the cost to run your washer is used for heating the water. Except for all-white loads, there is little benefit to washing in hot water.
- Install a Tankless Water Heater.
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucet restrictors and take short showers. Hot water heaters are often one of the most expensive energy uses in a home. A low flow shower head only costs a few dollars and can save a family as much as $70 a year.
- Recycling One Ton of Paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution.
- Recycling just One Aluminum Can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours.
- Hard to Recycle Materials For hard-to-recycle materials such as books, textiles, shoes, plastic bags (#2 & #4), white block foam (#6), cooking oil, porcelain, bike tubes, bike tires, and big, durable plastics (#2 molds), use the Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 5030 Pearl St. which is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Saturday.Call (303) 444-6634 or visit www.ecocycle.org for details of what they accept.
- Construction Waste To donate used building materials for reuse visit ReSource at 2665 N. 63rd St. Call first at (303) 419-5418 or visit www.resourceyard.org to find out what materials they need and what is available for your next remodeling project.
* Energy tips provided by Xcel Energy, Boulder Climate Smart, Eco-Cycle, & HUD