State grant enables local energy audits
February 8, 2008
SUMMIT COUNTY ” The High Country Conservation Center has been awarded an $8,000 grant for the Governor’s Energy Office for implementation of the ENERGY STAR New Homes program.
The money will go toward training energy raters,” said High Country Conservation Center director Carly Wier. “Believe it or not, we don’t have any qualified energy raters in Summit County.”
The training involves learning how to use an infrared camera and blower-door equipment to detect heat leaks and other major problems, including gaps in insulation, Wier said.
New homes are subject to the inspections to qualify for the State’s ENERGY STAR rating, but the gear can also be used to inspect older homes, just to help residents find energy leaks, Wier said.
The High Country Conservation Center will work with the Northwest Colorado Council of Government’s weatherization program to implement the energy inspections. The state funding comes in tandem with a $9,000 Summit Foundation grant that paid for the equipment, which just recently arrived at the conservation center’s office.
Wier said she hopes to expand the program. One possibility would be to work with the real estate community to make energy audits part of the routine inspections that are done when homes are bought and sold, she said.
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Homebuyers could benefit from knowing up-front if the property they are buying has any potential energy issues, Wier said.
The state awarded more than $224,000 in grants to various communities for the program.