Customer Tools

At IREA, our customers are like family, and we are here to help when you need it. Our Customer Tools section will provide you with tips on saving and conserving energy, as well as information on Energy Outreach Colorado in our Energy Help section.

Energy Saving Tips

To Do Today:

  • Turn the temperature on your water heater to the warm setting (120º).
  • Use the energy-saving settings on your refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer.
  • Check the age and condition of your major appliances. Refrigerators are often a big energy culprit.
  • Clean or replace filters on your furnace, air conditioner and heat pump.

This Week:

  • If you have a water heater that is insulated with fiberglass, wrap a water heater blanket around it.
  • Caulk leaky windows. 
  • Assess heating and cooling systems. Determine if replacements are justified, or whether you should retrofit them to make them work more efficiently.

This Month:

  • Inspect attic or crawl space for insulation. Is there any? How much? 
  • Insulate hot water pipes and ductwork wherever they run through unheated areas.
  • Seal the biggest leaks in the house. You know the ones; they whistle or feel drafty on windy days. 
  • Check the holes that were cut for plumbing pipes. Often there are gaps between the plumbing and where the wall was for the plumbing. Use a can of spray foam, available at any hardware store, to seal these leaks.
  • Seal any leaks you find around chimneys, recessed lights in insulated ceilings and unfinished spaces. 
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save on heating or cooling your home while you’re away at work during the day, for example. If you don’t install a programmable thermostat, adjust your thermostat when you leave home.
  • Schedule a free IREA energy audit. (see next tab above)

This Year:

  • Insulate your home. If your walls aren’t insulated, ask an insulation contractor to blow cellulose into the walls. If your house is due for new siding, find out whether house wrap, blown in insulation or even rolled insulation is best for your home.
  • Insulate your attic. Find out what the best R value is for attics, then get it and install it. The attic is your home’s biggest — and most pricey — air leak.
  • Replacing aging and inefficient appliances. Even if you think the appliance has a few good years left, replacing it with an energy efficient one is a pretty good investment. To get a better idea about energy efficient appliances, check our Energy Usage Guide.
  • Upgrade or replace leaky windows. If you want a few more years out of your existing windows, put weather stripping around them and get or replace storm windows. Better yet, if your budget can handle it, get new windows. Window manufacturers are doing a great job of making windows especially for our climate, where we frequently have 30º to 40º temperature swings in one day.
  • Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house, especially on the west side, to reduce your air conditioning costs.

Many of these suggestions were adapted from the ninth edition of the ‘Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings,’ by Jennifer Thorne Amann, Alex Wilson, & Katie Ackerly.

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Get Your Free Energy Audit

IREA provides no-cost energy audits to Association members. During the audit, our energy efficiency specialist will compile important data regarding your home’s heating and cooling systems, energy use patterns, the types of electrical appliances and equipment that you use, and opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.

During colder months our specialist utilizes thermal imaging equipment to identify cold spots within the home. Once the audit is complete, customers will be provided with a set of recommendations that may come with little or no cost or may require a more substantial investment. Energy audits are also provided at no charge for businesses in the service territory.

To schedule an energy audit, call 303-688-3100 Ext. 5544, or toll-free: 800-332-9540.

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Energy Help

If you need help paying your electric bill, several organizations can help. One such organization - Energy Outreach Colorado - offers energy assistance grants to more than 100 Colorado emergency assistance agencies, including the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). Douglas County residents may also apply through the Douglas County government website.

Energy Outreach Colorado

Sometimes life happens, and a neighbor or two finds that they could use a little help paying their electric bills. If you want to help your neighbors stay safe and warm in their homes this winter, you can contribute to Energy Outreach Colorado through your IREA bill. Your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be mailed to you through Energy Outreach Colorado. Just download the form mail it to us and IREA will send your donation to Energy Outreach Colorado on your behalf. For many years, we have been contributing to Energy Outreach Colorado — and we match contributions up to $75,000 a year.