More grants from Governor’s Energy Office

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The Governor’s Energy Office has selected 12 matching grant award recipients for the 2008 Colorado Energy Star New Homes program.

Colorado Springs Utilities, representing the City of Colorado Springs, was one of the winners.

The program encourages city and county officials to work with residential builders to help them earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star ( designation.

The GEO received applications totaling $329,000 in proposed partner match and has allocated $224,000 of Clean Energy Funds to the program.

The other 11 program winners and their partners are:

  • Boulder County: City of Boulder, Boulder County, City of Longmont
  • Pitkin County: Town of Carbondale, City of Aspen, City of Rifle, City of Glenwood Springs, Pitkin County
  • Mt. Crested Butte: Town of Mt. Crested Butte
  • Chaffee County: Chaffee County, Town of Poncha Springs, City of Salida, Town of Buena Vista, Sangre De Cristo Electric, Headwaters Energy & Finance, First Colorado Land Office, Chaffee County HBA, South Main Development, Coureguex Development
  • City and County of Denver: City and County of Denver, Colorado Energy Science Center, Lowry
  • San Miguel County: Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel County, New Community Coalition
  • Summit County: High Country Conservation Center, Summit County, Town of Frisco, Town of Breckenridge
  • Steamboat Springs: City of Steamboat Springs
  • Douglas County: Town of Parker
  • Northern Colorado: City of Fort Collins
  • Eagle County: Eagle County, Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, Town of Vail

To earn the Energy Star label, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA. These homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than those built to the 2004 International Residential Code. They include additional energy saving features that typically make them 20 percent to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes.