Energy & Renewables
Durango's Energy Sustainability Principles
- Durango’s energy supply is carbon neutral, renewable, resilient, and affordable for all members of our community.
- Homes, businesses, and services use energy efficiently, and local energy production is utilized in support the local economy.
Durango's Energy Sustainability Objectives
- Energy Supply: Reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with Durango’s energy supply in an equitable manner while maintaining reliability and resilience to disruption.
- Energy Use: Increase the efficiency of energy use and promote energy conservation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy cost burdens.
About two-thirds of our community-wide greenhouse gas emissions are associated with energy consumption in buildings and community infrastructure like streetlighting and water pumping.
- Follow these energy conservation tips and resources from LPEA's Together We Save website.
- Install LED lights including motion sensors and Dark Sky compliant lights outdoors.
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it to energy saving temperatures.
- Fix cracks and leaks in your home that let air out.
- Explore more tips from this CSU Extension home energy checklist.
Explore Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebates
- LPEA member efficiency rebates
- Atmos Energy customer rebates and incentives
- Black Hills Energy customer rebates
Support for Audits and Upgrades
- 4CORE oversees the Colorado Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program for our community.
- The Energy Smart Colorado program, through our regional provider 4CORE, supports residential energy efficiency services for families and homeowners.
- The LPEA member solar website has everything you need to see if solar is a good fit for your home.
Green Power Purchases
- Sign up for LPEA's Green Power Purchase Program
Financing for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
The city of Durango is taking the following steps to reduce energy consumption, save money and cut municipal greenhouse gas emissions:
- Investment Grade Audit of city facilities completed in 2019 to identify energy and water efficiency opportunities, and solar PV potential.
- Purchase 100% Green Power through LPEA.
- On-site solar PV generation at the Airport Terminal and solar thermal generation at the Recreation Center.
- Recognized as a Green Power Partner and Green Power Community by the EPA.
- Methane gas is converted to electric energy at the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility.
- Synthetic oils recovered from city fleet vehicles are used to heat the maintenance shop.
- Motion-detection lighting installed at many city facilities.
- LED lighting retrofits.
- HVAC system upgradesare included in annual budget process.
- Recognized by the State Electronic Challenge for sustainable electronics purchasing, device management and disposal.
- Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy encourages purchase of efficient equipment.