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Housing Solutions promotes sustainable housing and energy efficiency

Housing Solutions is reaching out to the community with a public awareness campaign to promote sustainable housing and energy efficiency.

According to the Department of Energy, buildings account for 42 percent of the U.S. energy consumption and 39 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

The average American home uses 50 to 70 percent of its energy for heating and cooling.

The following projects are generally inexpensive and provide an effective return on investment. Each month, we will be providing details of the energy saving analysis and cost effectiveness of one project on the Top 10 List. It is our goal to perform energy saving upgrades on 150 homes and businesses, saving residents and business owners $50,000 in energy costs and reducing the carbon footprint of our region.

Top 10 list of energy saving improvements:

• Insulate attics, walls, water heater, floors, foundations.

• Seal air leaks.

• Install solar tubes (coolest invention ever).

• Upgrade lighting with compact florescent bulbs or LEDs and ballasts.

• Install a programmable thermostat.

• Install duel flush toilet retrofit kit.

• Replace old “energy hog” appliances.

• Install low flow showerheads.

• Install ceiling fans or heat recovery systems.

• Replace single pane windows.

Over the last 30 years, Housing Solutions has performed energy efficiency upgrades on 3,000-plus homes throughout the region with a highly-trained building science crew. The average energy cost savings for the weatherization projects is $485 per year.

The organization is dedicated to providing these services to residents of all income levels in an effort to improve the quality and energy efficiency of homes and businesses, and reduce our environmental impact. The Department of Energy, as well as utility companies, have provided funding to weatherize homes for low income residents. Residents who do not qualify as low income can contract Housing Solutions’ social enterprise division, WeatherCo, to perform energy saving upgrades. Proceeds from WeatherCo support Housing Solutions programs, which address multiple housing issues in southwest Colorado, ranging from homeless prevention to home ownership.

By choosing WeatherCo to perform any of these services, you are helping meet the housing needs of other families in the community. Over the last 30 years, Housing Solutions has helped more than 10,000 individuals and families. Your investment in your home is an investment in your community.

For more information, contact Marcy McKeon, weatherization program manager, (970) 749-5390, mmckeon@swhousingsolutions.com, or Elizabeth Salkind, Operations Director, (970) 749-7688, esalkind@swhousingsolutions.com.

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