The Appleby family takes biking seriously. But not in the way you think. Instead of winning races or setting personal bests, they work yearlong to co-host a bike event to help those in need. The fundraiser, Brake the Cycle, aims to break the cycle of poverty and improve quality of life in Zambia.
[su_quote cite=”Blake Appleby” url=”https://www.facebook.com/skipsfarmtomarket/”]As a family, we believe it is important to help those less fortunate than us and have found providing bikes and water to Zambian families to be a simple yet powerful opportunity to lift them out of poverty.[/su_quote]
The Appleby’s also recognize that supporting those in need includes protecting the environment and reducing their own consumption, at home or abroad. They do their best to live a green lifestyle, whether it be conserving water with their home’s irrigation system or choosing We-Cycle as their main mode of transport around town. But, they also wanted to learn more about their home’s impact on the environment. So when it came time to look into their own Aspen residence Alana Appleby knew who to call to save energy and lower their carbon footprint.
Alana teams up with the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) to develop social media strategies. She’s spread the word on CORE’s flagship program, the home energy assessment; and decided it was time to go through the process herself.
[su_quote cite=”Alana Appleby” url=”https://www.facebook.com/skipsfarmtomarket/”]My role with CORE is largely analytical. My piece is to make sure we are listening to the community and watching the data to see what the community deems valuable. It was clear to me that CORE was most successful when featuring stories about local people,” said Alana. “And as I watched locals being featured, I was rather intrigued about how CORE’s program impacted their lives and I thought it would be good for us to try the home energy assessment ourselves.[/su_quote]
They did try it out for themselves. The family signed up for a home energy assessment and began the process of saving energy at home. A follow-up call from CORE’s Energy Advisors provided the Appleby’s with tips on how to grab the low-hanging fruit, the easy stuff that comes with big energy payoffs. With incandescent bulbs still powering two-thirds of their lighting, they have the opportunity to start saving immediately, considering LEDs use 75% less energy than incandescents. They also plan to address the energy-hogging refrigerator that sits in their garage. Like many of us, they didn’t realize the fridge they use for extra storage is such a huge draw on their energy load. That’s not all, the assessment also revealed several areas of heat loss that the Appleby’s will air seal before winter sets in.
With an assessment report in hand, the Appleby’s plan to check off a few efficiency projects this year. The efficiency upgrades are projected to reduce the Appleby’s energy consumption while also saving money on their monthly utility bills. They’ve already earmarked the energy savings and plan to use the funds to help provide Zambian locals with clean water and bikes for transportation.
[su_quote cite=”Blake Appleby” url=”https://www.facebook.com/skipsfarmtomarket/”]By being good stewards of our environment and getting a home energy assessment, we can save money on basic expenses and give to help people lift themselves out of poverty in Zambia.[/su_quote]
The 7th annual, Brake the Cycle, was held last month. The Appleby’s team up with World Vision and fellow Aspen locals to co-host the annual bike event with a goal of raising $300,000 (they are almost there!). To learn more about Brake the Cycle and how to get involved, visit www. brake-the-cycle.com
The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) has been helping Roaring Fork Valley residents save energy since 1994. Learn more about their programs, like the home energy assessment, by visiting their website www.aspencore.org or calling 970.925.9775. Bonus: If you live in the Town of Snowmass Village, assessments are FREE thanks to the generosity of a local donor.