ENERGY STAR® – It’s for New Homes and Mortgages – Not Just Appliances and Lights

Fort Collins, CO, March 03, 2010 --( The Northern Colorado (NoCO) ENERGY STAR® Homes partners will explain what qualifies a new home for the ENERGY STAR label and how you can benefit from the ENERGY STAR mortgage at the 2010 Home & Remodel Show. The topics for the seminars include; “ENERGY STAR New Homes – What’s Behind the Label” and “ENERGY STAR Mortgage – Lower Interest Rate AND Save Money”. The seminars will be offered at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6th, at The Ranch in Loveland. The Home & Remodel Show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the home buying public to discover what the differences are between an ENERGY STAR new home and a conventionally built home,” said Past-President of the Home Building Association (HBA) of Northern Colorado and NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes program partner Vicki Wagner. “The NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes coalition has dedicated resources to help raise consumer awareness of the ENERGY STAR label and what it says about new home performance. The HBA of Northern Colorado is proud to be a partner in the NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes program.”

NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes is a regional program with a focus on high-performance construction for new homes — homes that perform better than conventionally built homes — and encourages home buyers to look for the familiar blue ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR qualified homes provide better comfort, lower energy bills, healthier indoor air and increased durability. These homes also help reduce air pollution.

“We are excited to partner with the NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes coalition and to help home buyers understand the advantages and financial benefits of an ENERGY STAR mortgage,” said Bank of Colorado’s Energy Programs Manager Stephen Ponce-Pore. “The seminars that will take place at the 2010 Home & Remodel Show are intended to provide the audience with real, factual information about the value of an ENERGY STAR new home and how they can reduce their interest rate, save money each month and save energy.”

The NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes program provides training and works closely with builders and allied new home professionals to help them meet program guidelines. Please visit for details about the NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes program. To learn about the program in your area, contact Dave Talbot at 970.690.9669 or

About NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes: NoCO ENERGY STAR Homes is a collaborative program among public and private-sector organizations, including the Town of Berthoud, City of Fort Collins, Governor’s Energy Office, Home Builders Association (HBA) of Northern Colorado, Larimer County, City of Longmont, Platte River Power Authority, Poudre Valley REA, Town of Severance, Town of Timnath, Town of Windsor and Xcel Energy. The regional program is aligned with the national ENERGY STAR New Homes Program ( managed by the U.S. EPA and the Colorado ENERGY STAR Homes Program ( managed by the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office. For a list of builder partners and a map of ENERGY STAR qualified homes, visit

About the HBA of Northern Colorado: The Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado is a non-profit trade organization of home builders and related industry professionals. The Association is dedicated to promoting high ethical standards, education, and leadership for its growing membership. Through our active involvement, the goal of the Association is to be responsible to our communities and our environment. We provide information, services, and resources, thereby, enhancing the quality of life within our communities. The Association sponsors the Annual Tour of Homes and Home and Remodel Show to increase public awareness of new technology and building practices. For more information about the HBA of Northern Colorado, please visit

About the Bank of Colorado: The Bank of Colorado worked closely with the Governor's Energy Office ( to create the ENERGY STAR Mortgage - making energy efficiency and renewable energy affordable for Colorado homeowners. With 35 locations throughout the state, the Bank of Colorado has a location near you and a staff that can help guide you in your home purchase or renovation. To apply for an ENERGY STAR Mortgage simply call the Bank of Colorado at (970) 231-4024, or apply online at

Dave Talbot