Montrose County officials say a new energy program will help residents save on their monthly bills and help the county save $500,000.
Officials say they are in the beginning stages of bringing the Governor's Energy Performance Program to the county.
A specially certified contractor is brought in to make energy improvements to homes and buildings. Those who wish to participate must enter into a long term agreement with the contractor, who in return has to guarantee a certain amount of savings.
Officials say the improvements consist of things like installing new fuel systems, insulation, and lights. They say residents in other communities who have adopted the program have saved an average of 15 to 30 percent on their energy bills.
The Montrose County Commissioners are also considering using the program in their own buildings, saying it could save them $500,000 in energy costs. They say they could then use that money to pay for much needed road construction and improvements.
"Energy saving is important for everybody," said Montrose County Commissioner Bill Patterson. "No matter how you look at it, the way we're going to really reduce the price of gas is to reduce the demand. That's the same for energy."
County officials says the new program should be in place by sometime this fall.