The Blue Horizons Project

Setting the course for clean energy

Save Energy Today 

Do you want a clean, bright future for Buncombe County? We do.

The Blue Horizons Project is all about making a clean energy future a reality in Buncombe County and preserving our skies and waters for generations to come. Here you’ll find information, resources, and tips for how we can all help make that happen.

Our demand for energy demands action

With a growing population and increasingly technology-dependent culture, the energy needs of Buncombe County have grown – and continue to grow – significantly larger. Soon, our energy demand will strain our ability to meet it.

In our area, it’s winter that presents the greatest challenge. During the coldest days, the amount of energy we need to heat our homes spikes sharply.

Blue Horizons Project

Seasonal energy demand in Buncombe County. Winter peak demand is 30% higher than summer.

There are two ways we could solve our peak demand problem: find ways to lower our demand or generate more energy. As much progress as we’re making in renewable energy, there’s more we need to do to solve our peak problem. But is it a good idea to construct more fossil-fuel power plants just to meet energy demand on the coldest winter mornings? We don’t think so. Not when there are better ways – and we have some.

What we're doing about it

The Blue Horizons Project is the brainchild of the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) – an initiative jointly undertaken by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and Duke Energy. Our members include representatives from local government, businesses and institutions along with environmental and clean energy advocates. The Blue Horizons Project was developed to enlist public support and provide easy access to resources that allow everyone to be a part of creating a clean energy future.

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How you can help

Several organizations have partnered with the Blue Horizons Project and have programs designed to help your home or business become more energy efficient and contribute to efforts to control our area’s energy demand. Choose My Home or My Business below to get started!

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We recommend these actions

Lower peak demand – and get paid

Duke Energy’s EnergyWise program will pay you up to $175 a year to help lower the demand for energy in Buncombe County. This is the #1 thing you can do to help reduce our peak demand (and get a little extra cash).

Get a free in-home energy assessment 

Discover how energy efficient – or not – your home is. Eligible homeowners get a free in-home energy assessment, free LEDs, a free showerhead and more.

Find energy savings for low-income households 

Paying for home improvements that will lower your energy use – and monthly bill – can be costly. In Buncombe County, several organizations offer help to people in need for lowering their energy use. See if you qualify.

Lower peak demand – and earn rewards 

Duke Energy’s EnergyWise program for businesses provides free equipment, free installation and annual bill credits. This is the #1 way your business can help reduce peak demand.

Support solar energy 

A solar energy system can save you big money on your energy bill while it lowers overall demand in our area, and substantial installation rebates and other incentives are available. Even if you can’t install a system at your home or business, there are still ways to show your support for renewable energy.

Get big rebates for making your business more efficient 

The Small Business Energy Saver program pays up to 80% of your costs to make energy efficiency improvements to your business. On average, 60% of project costs are covered through this program.

Cool Communities

Learn about Cool Communities, a way to collaborate with your neighbors to save energy and build community.

Find ways to save 

If everyone takes a few small energy-saving steps, it could make a big difference in overall energy demand – and might just lower your energy bill.

Help your neighbors 

Your donation of time or money can help low-income community members make their homes more energy efficient. Discover how you can put your resources to work.