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The latest from Gretchen Bleiler '96: ALEX bottle & Aspen Energy Challenge
Posted 11/07/2016 03:51PM

We've been hearing a lot about the Aspen Energy Challenge from parents and community members who are on board with helping our community become a winner in energy conservation. One of the voices speaking out about the challenge is ACDS alumna Gretchen Bleiler '96.

Gretchen has a new company, ALEX bottle, that makes reusable water bottles. Actually, these are so much more than water bottles. For more about these clever inventions from Gretchen's latest enterprise, click here

Check out her video and read more about the Aspen Energy Challenge below:

From our friends at the City of Aspen:
     The Aspen Energy Challenge is the community's effort in the $5,000,000 Georgetown University Energy Prize. Through 2016, Aspen is competing with 49 other communities across the country to save energy in our homes, schools, and municipal buildings.
     Parents in the Aspen area can join the Aspen Energy Challenge by receiving a home energy assessment. The assessment is the first step for residents in the Roaring Fork Valley to start saving energy in their homes. Savings will begin immediately with the installation of simple energy-saving measures during the assessment, like LED light bulbs. After the assessment, homeowners will receive a one-through-ten Home Energy Score, along with an in depth report on recommendations for comfort improvements and deeper energy savings. 

The assessment also includes testing for potential health and safety hazards like radon and carbon monoxide. In 2015, 20% of home energy assessments identified a hazard! 
     You can sign up for a home energy assessment online  or by calling (970) 925-9775 x503. Property managers can also go through the home energy assessment process for their clients and work with an energy coach at Energy Smart Colorado to implement the report's recommendations. The assessment cost is subsidized down to a $100 cost to the homeowner, with an additional $0.05 per square foot above 3,000 sqft. 
     When you sign up, mention Aspen Country Day School in the comments section so our school community's voice may be heard. Learn more here

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