Energy Focus Plan

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Earn a 30% Bonus Rebate!

Submit a Colorado Lighting Efficiency or Small Business Lighting Efficiency Rebate application between September 1 and December 1, 2014, and you’ll be eligible to receive a bonus rebate of up to 30% on all qualified upgrades included on your application.

* To qualify for the bonus rebate:

  • Projects must be invoiced, installed and submitted between September 1 and December 1, 2014.
  • You must be an active electric Xcel business customer in Colorado.
  • The bonus rebate will apply to the total rebate amount of Lighting, Small Business Lighting prescriptive and Custom Lighting Efficiency projects—up to 75% of the total cost.

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August 11, 2014: City of Salida and Xcel Energy Announce Refrigerator Recycling Program, Energy Focus Corner at the Salida Community Center

As part of the City of Salida’s Energy Focus Plan and in association with Xcel Energy, a refrigerator recycling program is being launched Friday, August 15, 2014. The program includes rebates and a sweepstakes (sweepstakes only open to Salida residents), offering participants the chance to win a new Energy Star® refrigerator.* Additionally, the Salida Community Center at 305 F Street will host an “Energy Focus Corner” beginning Aug. 15 where citizens are invited to pick up free CFL bulbs, recycle used CFLs and find valuable information on both Atmos Energy and Xcel Energy rebate programs for homeowners and businesses. Salida True Value, 502 E. Rainbow Blvd (Hwy 50), also has a recycling container for small (home use) CLF bulbs.

At the Jan. 7, 2014 Salida City Council meeting, the Energy Focus Plan was adopted via Resolution 2014-02. The goal of the Energy Focus Plan is to promote energy efficiency improvements and related rebate programs in the community and encourage implementation of the improvements in homes and businesses in Salida. The goal of the plan is to save customers money while at the same time improving energy efficiency.

Refrigerator recycling program information: If you are a current Xcel Energy residential electric customer, they’ll haul away your working refrigerator or freezer and recycle it. Not only will you receive a $50 rebate* for recycling your old fridge, but you’ll also receive two, free CFLs and up to $100 in annual energy savings! Plus, if you schedule a pickup, or have your unit collected between Aug. 15 and Oct. 15, 2014, you’ll be entered for a chance to win their Salida Refrigerator Giveaway Sweepstakes!*

Schedule a pick-up between Aug. 15 and Oct. 15 by calling 1-866-552-8755 or visiting The collection dates will be once a month during the promotional period: Aug. 25-26, Sept. 15-16 and Oct. 14-15.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Restrictions apply. Sweepstakes (including mail-in method of entry which does not require recycling) subject in all respects to the complete Official Rules which will be available at prior to the start of the sweepstakes (the Entry Period is8/15/2014 – 10/15/2014).

** Participation in this program is subject to important rules and eligibility requirements, which are detailed at Rebate amounts are subject to change.

A total of 14 assessments were performed in Salida during the assessment blitz for the Energy Focus plan (May 20th-22nd). Ten of these assessments were for businesses that qualify for the Xcel Energy Small Business Lighting (SBL) program. An estimated 53,467 kWh in savings was identified.

Additionally, assessments for 4 large businesses (over 400 kW peak demand) that qualify for the Xcel Energy Lighting Efficiency program. These assessments identified an additional 57,962 kWh in potential savings.

132,648 kWh in total savings was identified for all 14 of the businesses that were assessed during the CEEP event. Of this total, 74,686 kWh and 28.892 kW in savings were identified for the 10 businesses that qualify for the SBL program.

If your business missed the opportunity for a free lighting assessment, it’s not too late to participate in the program. Just call 1-877-287-2250 or email XcelSBL@clearesult.

Imagine the things we can do working together!


Helpful links and information about rebate programs and energy saving tips:

To sign up for a home energy audit through Atmos Energy:

To sign up for a home energy audit through Xcel Energy:

To sign up for a commercial energy audit through Xcel Energy:


Emily Katsimpalis, City of Salida Special Projects Coordinator at the Energy Focus Plan kickoff event April 19, 2014

Emily Katsimpalis, City of Salida Special Projects Coordinator at the Energy Focus Plan kickoff event April 19, 2014

Mayor Jim Dickson & Emily Katsimpalis, Special Projects Coordinator at the Earth Day event April 19, 2014

Mayor Jim Dickson & Emily Katsimpalis, Special Projects Coordinator at the Earth Day event April 19, 2014

A big thank you to Atmos Energy for grilling free hamburger and hotdogs during the event!

A big thank you to Atmos Energy for grilling free hamburger and hotdogs during the Earth Day event April 19, 2014!



About the Energy Focus Plan:

Salida City Council passed the Energy Focus Plan via Resolution 2014-02 at the January 7, 2014 City Council meeting.

The City of Salida took advantage of an Xcel Energy pilot program called the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). The program provided tools and technical support at no cost to the City of Salida.

The goal of the program is to find ways the City can promote energy efficiency programs and ideas to the community as a whole, with the ultimate goal being for citizens and business owners to save money on energy costs.

This past summer, the City began working with Susan Blythe from the Brendle Group. The Brendle Group is an engineering firm out of Fort Collins that specializes in energy efficiency improvements to buildings and homes.

The City invited a number of stakeholders from across the business and government spectrum to take part in stakeholder meetings with the Brendle Group in order to come up with the details and goals of the Community Energy Efficiency Plan, which we re-named Energy Focus for simplicity and clarification. The group that either submitted comments or attended one or more of the planning meetings included:

  • Dara MacDonald, City Administrator
  • Emily Katsimpalis, City of Salida
  • Kevin Crowley, City of Salida Building & Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
  • Michael Yerman, City of Salida Community Development Director
  • Patti Arthur, Chamber of Commerce
  • Greg Follet, Fish Builders
  • Kevin Kerrigan, Atmos Energy
  • Brian Martens, Atmos Energy
  • Walt Sneddon, Salida Schools
  • Dan Swallow, Chaffee County Building Department
  • Mevlin Strawn, Citizen at Large
  • Ann Kirkpatrick, Xcel Energy
  • Magarita Alarcon, Xcel Energy
  • Kathy Worthington, Xcel Energy

And over the 5-year planning horizon, the goals of the plan are:

  •  5% reduction in municipal energy consumption
  • 10% reduction in commercial building consumption
  • 3% reduction in residential building energy consumption
  • 10% of residential market impacted
  • 5% commercial corridor impacted
  • Robust contractor market
  • Community advisory group to keep things moving, track progress, and update the plan

The City’s energy vision is: Our community will work to optimize energy use across residential, commercial, and governmental sectors through education, efficiency, and conservation, reducing Salida’s overall energy consumption and costs and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

If we are successful in implementing our strategies toward the goals outlined in the plan, our community could save more than 3,900,000 kWh and 37,000 therms (heat energy equivalent to 100,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs)), avoiding more than 3,000 MTCO2e (million tons carbon dioxide equivalent) over the 5-year planning horizon. This translates to more than $340,000 in estimated savings to customers.

Read the full plan here:

Jan_2014_Final Salida Energy Focus Plan