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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Energy assessments help make homes more efficient

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

As the weather heats up, local energy organizations and utilities are offering residents opportunities to make their homes more efficient.


The first step in energy savings is to find inefficiencies, like leaky spots, aging appliances and the like. Residents can get discounts on professional assessments to identify these areas through the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), Xcel Energy and Holy Cross Energy.

“The assessment will enable people to become educated about their homes and also interested in how to save energy, and money, and all those good things by upgrading with efficiency in mind,” said Brandon Jones, who works for the regional group Clean Energy Economy in Carbondale.  

A home energy assessment identifies key projects that can bring savings, and often comes with freebies like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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