Monday, September 15, 2008



Gov. Bill Ritter today proclaimed this week the first-ever "Insulate Colorado Week" to highlight residential energy efficiency as a key element of the New Energy Economy and the best way for homeowners to prepare for the upcoming winter heating season.
The Insulate Colorado program provides homeowners with a rebate to insulate and air seal their home to address rising energy costs. The available rebate is equal to 20 percent of job cost, up to $300 per home, and the insulation must be installed by a participating Coloradocontractor.
The Governor's Energy Office (GEO) is partnering with municipalities and communities to support the proper installation of insulation and air-sealing measures in single family homes. The Insulate Colorado program also aims to increase consumer awareness of residential energy efficiency options and actively promote the installation of additional whole-house energy saving measures.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20 percent of heating and cooling costs, or up to 10 percent of total energy costs, by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces and accessible basement rim joists.
"Natural gas prices are expected to rise 10 percent to 30 percent this heating season," GEO Director Tom Plant said. "Homeowners with properly insulated homes can save money during both the heating and cooling seasons. "This week, we encourage homeowners to take advantage of this rebate and to install whole-house energy saving measures that will benefit them for years to come."
GEO will kick off "Insulate Colorado Week" today at a home in Denver. Several statewide community celebrations are scheduled for the rest of the week, including:  Boulder, Chaffee County, and the Town of Salida, San Miguel County, and the Roaring Fork Valley. Colorado Springs Utilities and Crested Butte also will promote their programs with events later this month. 
Xcel Energy is also supporting this event by donating energy efficient light bulbs to participating homeowners. 
GEO also offers a free program for income qualified residents, Energy $aving Partners. Services may include receiving high efficiency refrigerators and furnaces, insulation installation and air leakage reduction, compact fluorescent light bulbs, as well as a comprehensive energy audit. To learn more, call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435).
Here is the complete text of Gov. Ritter's proclamation:


September 15 – 21, 2008

WHEREAS, the cost of energy, including natural gas, propane, and electricity, continues to rise, and the people of Colorado seek cost effective means of heating and cooling their homes; and


WHEREAS, energy efficiency is the foundation of Colorado's New Energy Economy, and as citizens of this great state we can take simple steps, such as insulating and sealing homes, to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions; and


WHEREAS, consumers from all corners of the state and of all socio-economic levels will be impacted by rising energy costs this winter and into the future; and


WHEREAS, during the week of September 15 – 21, 2008, the State of Colorado will join with the Governor's Energy Office to promote Insulate Colorado Week, and educate the public about the benefits of insulating homes with the goal of reducing energy costs, improving energy efficiency and the comfort of our citizens homes, and ensuring a better future for our future generations;


Therefore, I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim September 15 – 21, 2008, "Insulate Colorado Week" in the State of Colorado.


Given under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this fifth day of September, 2008,


Bill Ritter, Jr.