Xcel Energy Inc. and Boulder-based Simple Energy Inc. are teaming up to make it easier and quicker for residential customers in Colorado to get $50 rebates for new, “smart” thermostats.
 
Xcel on Monday announced the launch of the new “XcelEnergyStore.com,” a pilot online store that offers six programmable thermostats, at prices ranging from $115 to $250. Customers who use the online store to buy the thermostats get an automatic $50 rebate and free shipping.
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Boulder building efficiency

Commitment to EnergySmart makes Boulder a national contender in energy efficiency

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Financial Planner Lauren Sigman shares why she made energy improvements at home and how the City's Denver Energy Challenge program helped her

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Celebrate Earth Day’s 45th anniversary by getting ready for an energy-efficient summer
 
Earth Day turns 45 tomorrow, which means spring is in full swing and summer is just over the horizon. But you can stay calm, stay cool, and lower your carbon footprint, too, despite the approaching heat, by putting energy efficiency to work for you. Here is a sampling of tips gleaned from our recently launched smarterhouse.org, the evolution of ACEEE’s Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.
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Census Remodeling Data Shows Homeowners Head Toward Energy Efficiency
 
Released in October by the US Census Bureau, the 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS) is an enormous record of home improvement priorities for homeowners across the country. Remodeling is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US, and in the past few decades some of that remodeling has focused a little bit less on first adding value to the home and a little bit more on first saving the current homeowner money.
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Testimony from Denver residents participating in the program:

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Lauren Sigman is a smart and savvy Certified Financial Planner  at Sigman Financial Fitness  with over 35 years of experience in the Denver metro area.
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October is Energy Action Month, as proclaimed in 2012 by the Council of the City and County of Denver to recognize the importance of assisting residents in reducing energy consumption while also saving money, improving indoor comfort, and air quality. Full story on Denver Post YourHub

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How long would it take you to decide on making home energy improvements if you had rooms that were too hot or too cold year after year? Would you continue to pay higher energy bills as a result, and think it was impossible to lower them? Joyce and her family have been in Denver for over 30 years and in their Virginia Village home now for 14.
 
Built in 1956, her home is 2,265 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1 ¾ bath.
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