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.

Incentives to $ave
Combine these incentives to reduce the cost of your HomeRx Assessment and Improvements! 
City of Durango:
  • Residential Assessment- $100 discount
  • Efficiency Upgrade- $500 discount (matching your investment)
  • Commercial Assessment- $200 discount
Customers must be billed and paying water, sewer and trash with the City of Durango
La Plata Electric Association

  • Up to $150 for residential 
  • Up to $300 for commercial
Total amount of combined rebates cannot exceed the cost of the audit
Atmos/Source Gas Customers:
  • Residential Assessment- $150 discount
  • Commercial Incentives- $150 discount
You can sign up using the form above or through Energy Smart Colorado.
Amerigas Customers: 
  • HomeRx Assessment- $50 rebate (bill credit)
(must be in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma or San Juan County) 

The Federal Tax Credit: Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit expired at the end of 2013 and has yet to be renewed, but we are hoping to see it revived!

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.