Finding the 'Bottom Line' with CSU’s Cary Weiner in workshop

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What: The Bottom Line Energy Workshop

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23

Where: Steamboat Springs School District Administration Building, 325 Seventh St.

Note: Bring a utility bill for evaluation.

— With the sting of December’s usage spike still fresh, Colorado State University Extension and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host a comprehensive workshop about home energy efficiency with Cary Weiner, one of Colorado’s top energy efficiency experts.

Weiner is the energy specialist for CSU Extension and will speak about a range of energy efficiency options, from simple do-it-yourself projects to investing in a new heating system.

Weiner also will help workshop attendees understand their utility bills and will provide tips and strategies to reduce these costs.

Weiner has published and peer-reviewed numerous fact sheets and decision tools on energy efficiency and renewable energy and has developed a number of other resources to help Coloradans make more informed energy decisions.

Although this is the first time Weiner is presenting locally, Steamboat’s CSU Extension has been developing energy education resources for the general public, teachers, volunteers and agricultural producers for the past five years.

The energy program has grown from piecemeal efforts by county Extension agents to address growing demand for unbiased energy information to a strategic initiative that engages Coloradans throughout the state in both big picture and practical energy issues.

The mission of this Extension program is to empower Coloradans to make well-informed energy decisions, and the Extension agents have developed fact sheets, decision tools, kits and other resources toward this end.

This week’s workshop is just the beginning of the Extension’s local programming, according to Routt County Extension agent Karen Massey.

Her agency also is partnering with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council to offer the annual Colorado Energy Master program in Routt County, which begins March 6.

The program offers as many as 30 hours of energy coursework covering everything from energy policy, transportation alternatives and climate change to residential energy efficiency, energy audits and renewable energy. Becoming a certified Colorado Energy Master is optional and involves completing all coursework and an energy-related project of one’s choice.

For more information about CSU Extension’s energy programs and resources, visit www.ext.colostate.edu/energy or call the Routt County Extension office at 970-879-0825. To find out more about The Bottom Line Energy Workshop, visit www.yvsc.org or call the YVSC office at 970-871-9299.

Sarah Jones serves as executive director of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

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