Telluride Real Estate News: Bottom Line On Energy Efficiency

Telluride Real Estate News twins with Robert Stenhammer, an associate broker with Telluride Real Estate Corp./Christie’s International Real Estate.

With a BA in business, an MBA in hospitality and tourism, and over 20 years of experience in the fields, Robert’s expertise encompasses real estate, hotels, vacation rentals, resort management, community relations, government affairs, and destination marketing. In his past life working on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Robert wrote often on those subjects for local media. In addition to his  real estate position, he also works part-time for the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, where his title is “Office of the CEO” and his focus is on government affairs and community relations, a role which comes down to helping make Telluride the #1 resort in the world.

In his weekly column, (narratives and video), “Telluride Real Estate News,” Robert leverages his extensive knowledge of market factors (global, national, and regional) and the Telluride lifestyle to bring readers fresh, informative – and insider – real estate news to use today.

This week, Robert focuses on energy in your Telluride home. Why? Because taking the time and, well, energy to make your current home – or the home you are building – more energy efficiency improves air quality in your immediate surroundings, while enhancing the comfort and health of you and your family. Your efforts also extend to your bottom line: energy efficiency immediately saves you between 20 – 30% on your monthly utility bill, while increasing the value of your property.

Read on for more. And don’t miss Robert’s video for a quick summary of ways to enhance your life – and that of the Telluride region, advice that is well worth the energy you expend to consume the information.


Robert Stenhammer

Robert Stenhammer

Did you know that the Energy Information Administration estimates that homes and buildings in Colorado consume over 50% of the total energy usage in the state.

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Energy efficiency in residential homes is tracked by two distinct indexes, which evaluate heating, electrical and hot water systems, as well as insulation, duct sealing, weather-stripping, roof snow melt, and alternative energy sources such as solar and geo-thermal. The Home Energy Score was established in late 2015 for existing homes; for newer homes, the Home Energy Rating System or HERS index is the go-to.

What can you do locally to make your home more energy efficient?

First, contact a local home energy auditor to have a professional energy audit conducted for your home. An audit is inexpensive and will ultimately pay for itself.

Second, become familiar with San Miguel Power and Black Hills Energy programs, as well as Eco-Action Partners. Eco-Action’s green lights program, for example, offers LED light bulbs for up to 75% off in the form of a prebate. These low-energy consuming bulbs often last over 15 years and, again, will pay for themselves.

Green Lights

Watch Robert’s video for a great summary of local, money-saving programs that help maximize the energy efficiency of your Telluride home.

And here are links you might want to explore to help you improve the energy efficiency of your home.

For your For Home Energy Score, go here.

Eco-Action Partners Green-Lights Program is here.

To learn about San Miguel Power Energy Efficiency, go here.

To get a Lotus Energy Home Efficiency audit, go here.

To learn about Black Hills Energy Natural Gas Efficiency. go here.


Contact me any time for additional information about the Telluride region market conditions and how you can join my family and me in living the Telluride dream.


More about Robert Stenhammer:

Daughters Sammy (18), Mackenna (16), Robert and Wife Heidi.

Daughters Sammy (18), Mackenna (16), Robert and Wife Heidi.

Originally from Minnesota, Robert has enjoyed a 20+-year career in luxury resort, real estate, hospitality, and tourism. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 2009.

Robert began his resort management career in the ski resorts of Colorado, where he directly oversaw the management of over 2,600 vacation rental properties, 40 homeowner associations, retail, food and beverage, real estate, hotels and resort operations during his stints with Vail Resorts and Intrawest.

He lived in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for seven years, serving on the Board of Directors for the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce & VCB. He chaired the Accommodation Tax Committee for the Town of Hilton Head Island, got his brokerage license and was a regular hospitality, tourism, and real estate columnist and contributor for the Island Packet newspaper and Hilton Head Monthly magazine.

In his former duties as executive vice-president for Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, Robert Stenhammer was responsible for hotel and vacation rental resort lodging, Mountain Village retail operations, golf course operations, the Telluride Conference Center, Telluride Concierge Luxury Transport and the exclusive Telluride Ski and Golf private members club.

Daughter Sammy (18), Robert, Daughter Mackenna (16) and wife Heidi.

Daughter Sammy (18), Robert, Daughter Mackenna (16) and wife Heidi.

In his new job for Telski, Office of the CEO (Bill Jensen), Robert is charged with helping to make Telluride the #1 resort in the world by working in government affairs and on strategic partnerships and new initiatives for the resort, including housing, access, and sustainable development for a better future.

As a broker, Robert  leverages his intimate knowledge of the market and executive-level communication skills and service experience to exceed his clients’ real estate objectives.

Off-hours, Robert takes advantage of the active Telluride lifestyle His home is in Mountain Village, where he lives with his wife Heidi and daughters Samantha (18) and Mackenna (16).

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Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.
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