Ways to Save

It is always good to know there are ways to economize and reduce spending. In addition to helping you tighten your belt, these measures are helping to decrease our dependence on foreign oil, maintaining our high quality of life here in Southwest Colorado, and making the world a better place for our children.

One of the best ways to save energy and money everyday is to get a home or business energy assessment. Right now is a great time to receive discounts and rebates for these services, in addition to $500 in matching funds for those who qualify.
Conserve and Be Happy

Resources to help you save water Now

This is a labeling program for water efficient products, but they also do much more than that. Their website has some great info.

Water Use It Wisely
Great posters and inforgraphics on over 100 ways to save water both indoors
and out. 

Toilet to Tap
This concept has spurred controversy in the news recently, but it could be a viable, healthy solution to drought in California and bring improvement in water quality for some areas.

Change the Course
Make a pledge to save water in your life, and they pledge to return 1,000 to the Colorado River Basin.

National Geographic
Asking you not to be a drip.

Gives us 25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard.

Tax Incentives & Rebate Programs

Federal Tax Credit 

  • Residential Renewables: 30% of the cost of the system for qualifying renewables installed after 2008 (no maximum).
  • Corporate Tax Credit:30% for solar, fuel cells, small wind and 10% for geothermal, microturbines and CHP

Utility Rebates

Energy Star Rebate Program

Reduce utility bills in LPEA territory by replacing old refrigerators or freezers with newer Energy Star models. Old appliances can consume 2 - 4 times more energy annually than a new model. How Much?
  • $40 for Purchasing an ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/Freezer
  • $40 for Dishwashers
  • $40 for Clothes washers
How to Get the Energy Star Rebate:
  1. Verify that a specific model qualifies by visiting www.energystar.gov and review the complete list.
  2. Visit the LPEA site and submit the application
  3. Submit the application within 180 days of purchase, along with an original, dated proof-of-purchase invoice or receipt by mail or in person:
La Plata Electric Association
45 Stewart Street, Durango
603 S. 8th Street, Pagosa Springs

Where do I get an Energy Star Appliance?

ENERGY STAR appliance rebates are offered through area vendors as well as through manufacturers. For more information, go to the Energy Star Web site and enter your zip code and any appliances you are interested to obtain a rebate for.

What do I do with my old Refrigerator? Get another rebate!
  • $25 for Recycling a Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Recycle Rebates are available year round


Alternative Fuel Resources

The Electric Ride from Project FEVER (Fostering Electric VehicleExpansion in the Rockies) 

Ride Share Opportunities

  • Zimride.com - Zimride takes advantage of Facebook, enabling members to create personal profiles and select ride mates who share similar music tastes, favorite sports teams, or who just seem "normal."
  • RideAmigos.com - Connect with people going your way to share a taxicab or a car anywhere on Earth. Companies can use the service to help fellow employees coordinate trips together.
  • Shearling.com - Connect with fellow travelers looking to share a road trip using Shareling's interactive maps that show available rides around the globe. It's budget and planet-friendly.