Aspen Energy Challenge
WHAT: Aspen is competing in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national
energy efficiency competition with a $5,000,000
prize that will be awarded to the top contender based on energy savings
and community involvement achieved through innovative and replicable programs.
Locally, this effort is referred to as the “Aspen Energy Challenge. The
prize money will be reinvested into the community.
WHO: The City of Aspen has partnered with
SourceGas, Holy Cross Energy, and Energy Smart Colorado at the Community Office
for Resource Efficiency to launch the Aspen Energy Challenge to lead Aspen’s
effort in the competition. Aspen is one of fifty communities competing. Click
here to find out what other communities are competing!
WHEN: From January, 2015 through the end of
2016, Aspen is competing by helping reduce electricity and natural gas
usage in homes, schools, and municipal buildings.
HOW: Aspen plans to compete for the grand
prize, and make the Aspen Energy Challenge a success by engaging various
segments of the community in clean energy programs that serve their specific
needs and opportunities.
WHY: Energy efficiency improvements empower
individuals to take control of their utility bills, make their homes, schools
or places of employment healthier and more comfortable, and reduce their
environmental impact. By making improvements, individuals are helping
themselves, and helping Aspen’s chances of winning $5,000,000 to be invested
back in the community.
In addition to improving Aspen’s chances of winning
the Prize, energy conservation efforts will help the City achieve its goal
of reducing Aspen’s greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020, led by the Canary Initiative.
The 2015 "Ski Town Showdown"
Park City has challenged Aspen to a
“Ski Town Showdown,” a friendly competition measuring which community can
install the most smart thermostats and LED lightbulbs in the month of October.
Let’s Beat Park City!
TO HELP ASPEN WIN:
These upgrades are worth it. According to the
Nest, a smart thermostat brand, average annual utility savings of installing a
Nest can be between $131 – $145. And according to the Department of Energy
residential LEDs are estimated to use 75% less energy, and can last 25 times
longer, than incandescent lighting.
Last time Park City won. Let’s not let them win
Just complete any of the home energy upgrades listed here, apply for your rebate, and get cash-back (up to $1,000) AND a free Nest
Offer details and restrictions:
- Limited time
offer. First come, first served
- Only only valid
for Aspen residents in the “Aspen
Emissions Boundary.” To confirm that your home is located
within this boundary, consult this
- Limited to
projects with a minimum project cost of $500
- Only available for
For more information on the Nest Promotion, click here.