Credits, Rebates & Incentives

 Federal Tax Credit 

  • Residential Renewables: 30% of the cost of the system for qualifying renewables installed after 2008 (no maximum).
  • Corporate Tax Credit:30% for solar, fuel cells, small wind and 10% for geothermal, microturbines and CHP

Utility Rebates

Low-Income Energy Assistance Programs

  • La Plata County LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program)
    • LEAP is designed to help eligible households pay part of their utility costs for their main heating source. Eligibility requirements include:  paying home heating costs to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of rent; applicant or a member of the household being a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado; and maximum family household gross income falling within specific guidelines.
  • Colorado Energy Office
    • Low-Income Weatherization: In partnership with local agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) offers a free Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to Colorado’s low-income residents. WAP works to maximize energy cost savings for each client by providing them with cost-effective energy efficiency services.
  • Housing Resources Weatherization Services
    • If you currently receive financial assistance from any of the following programs you automatically qualify for weatherization services:
      • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
      • Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
      • Old Age Pension (OAP)
      • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
      • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Energy Star Rebate Program 

Reduce utility bills in LPEA territory by replacing old refrigerators or freezers with newer Energy Star models. Old appliances can consume 2 – 4 times more energy annually than a new model. How Much?

  • $40 for an ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/Freezer
  • $40 for an ENERGY STAR Dishwashers
  • $40 for an ENERGY STAR Clothes washers

Loans & Support for Energy Efficiency

Directory of Energy Professionals

4CORE partners and collaborates with organizations, businesses, utilities, and regional governments. We work with other  nonprofits to ensure that our programs and resources are used efficiently, multiplying our effectiveness and reaching as many people as possible in our five county region; Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan.  We have a robust directory of professionals and organizations that can help you to greater energy efficiency and resource conservation tools.

Directory of Professionals & Contractors

Resource Conservation Tips

To cut your energy use and save money, take these conservation steps:

  • SAVE WITH LIGHTING: Replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with an 18-watt LED bulb can save you up to $45 in energy costs over the life of the LED. CFL and LED bulbs typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money!
  • KICK PHANTOM LOADS: Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance. We may not notice it, but standby power is a big issue. It accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use, costing the average U.S. household $100 per year.
  • SEAL THE DEAL: Improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort by finding and sealing any air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows and seal any air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls or floors.
  • GET PROGRAMMED: The average household spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills – nearly half on heating and cooling. Set your home heat to 68 °F to maximize savings.
  • SET & INSULATE: Set your water heater to 120°F and insulate your electric hot-water storage tank (follow manufacturers instructions) and insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • LET IT FLOW: Keep air vents clean and regularly check your dryer vent. Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month.
  • ASSESS & GO LOW-FLOW: Always watch for leaks and fix dripping water and install low-flow aerators on your faucets and showerheads to save
  • OPTIMIZE LOADS: Clothes washing is one of the most water consumptive practices, using on average 32 gallons of water per wash, where automatic dishwashing uses on average 12 gallons of water and hand washing uses only 4 gallons. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes to conserve water and save energy and dollars.
  • AIR DRY: It costs about $0.49 a load, on average,  to dry clothes in the U.S. at $0.12 per kilowatt hour. Save about $82.00 per year by choosing to air drying clothes

Quick and easy tips for immediate savings 

“Savings Projects” Tutorials

Community Energy Action Plans

The Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP, pronounced “keep”) for La Plata County aims to reduce GHG emissions, while ensuring that these actions provide economic and societal benefits.

CEAP Vision

A Climate and Energy Action Plan that impacts personal, organizational, and governmental policies, practices, and behaviors in a meaningful, measurable, and cost-effective* way to minimize or neutralize local greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt successfully to climate change.

*Note: “Cost-effectiveness” takes external costs–such as, but not limited to, staffing changes and future impacts–into account.

La Plata County and the City of Durango resolved to develop a climate and energy action plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after they both signed the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement. In 2009, the Town of Ignacio signed a resolution to support the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement. Under the Agreement, participating cities must strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities. The City and the County tasked 4CORE with facilitating the creation of the climate and energy action plan. 4CORE was asked to engage volunteers from local municipalities, utility companies and businesses who would then create this plan collaboratively.

Over 1,000 international cities, including over 500 U.S. cities, participate in the Cities for Climate Protection program managed by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (formerly referred to as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). La Plata County and the City of Durango are members of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. In order to join, they each passed a resolution pledging to reduce GHG emissions from their local government operations and throughout their communities.

ICLEI-Government for Sustainability Milestones

* Milestone 1. Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast.
* Milestone 2. Adopt an emissions reduction target for the forecast year.
* Milestone 3. Develop a Local Action Plan.
* Milestone 4. Implement policies and measures.
* Milestone 5. Monitor and verify results.

La Plata County has been recognized as achieving Milestone 1 due to the completion of a draft baseline GHG emission profile and forecast. However, revisions to our inventory were necessary. Therefore, one of the tasks of the Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) Steering Committee was to work through those revisions to finalize the 2005 baseline emissions inventory. The Reductions Targets group of the CEAP then researched the goals of Climate Action Plans from 18 US cities, along with targets of the Western Climate Initiative, the 2030 Challenge, the EPA, and several international communities. Using that information, recommendations from the Baseline GHG Emission Profile and Forecast and committee members’ knowledge, the work group developed the emission reduction targets for our community.

Six overarching strategies have been identified to reach our emission reduction targets.

Recommended Actions Grouped into Six Categories

  1. Reduce emissions from local oil and gas production
  2. Develop renewable sources of energy
  3. Develop a multi-modal transportation system
  4. Increase the energy efficiency of buildings and future infrastructure
  5. Enhance the local agricultural system
  6. Reduce waste

These strategies target different sectors of our community for which emission reductions will be the most effective. To achieve each strategy, work groups recommended 300+ associated actions to be implemented by various government entities, businesses, individuals, and non-profits. By assessing details such as feasibility, applicability to our region and likelihood of success, the work groups chose fifty-two recommended actions to analyze in more detail using the Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant tool (CAPPA). CAPPA projects GHG emission reductions, implementation costs and cost savings.

The CEAP provides an overarching cost-benefit analysis for each recommended action. Please note: a detailed cost-benefit analysis would need to be completed for any of the recommended actions that will be implemented.

The City of Durango passed a resolution on August 2nd, 2011 deeming that 4CORE had successfully completed its commission to create this Climate Energy and Action Plan, and that this plan was finalized and accepted by the City of Durango for timely consideration of its recommendations. The resolution can be viewed here.
Ensure Southwest Colorado uses resources and energy effectively and efficiently to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life by developing and implementing the Resource & Energy Action Plan.

Southwest Colorado will REAP the benefits of effective use of resources and sustain a thriving region of rural, agricultural, and mountainous communities.

The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), in promoting Colorado’s New Energy Economy, provided funds for Community Energy Coordinators (CECs) to develop and facilitate the implementation of regional energy efficiency and conservation strategies. 4CORE is Southwest Colorado’s CEC.

4CORE, with input from the REAP Advisory Board and work groups, has developed a local strategy for saving energy and creating jobs in rural, agricultural and mountainous regions of southwest Colorado. Strategies such as training in building science or energy efficiency specialties, providing opportunities for local businesses to implement efficiency measures, and creating a demand for these services through consumer education.

4CORE works with partners in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties to help boost the local economy and increase energy independence and security.

Ross Aragon Pagosa Springs Mayor
Chris Barber Dolores Town Council
Bill Barrett Bill Barrett Corp.
Kyle Beebe La Plata-Archuleta Cattleman’s Association
Jeff Berman La Plata Electric Association
Barbara Betts Rico Mayor
Bob Bragg Southwest Colorado Community College
Brad Broyles First Southwest Bank
Kimberly Buck San Juan Development Association
Jimbo Buickerood San Juan Citizens Alliance
Bob Clayton Kinder Morgan
Scott Clow Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Mat deGraaf Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District
James Dickhoff Pagosa Springs Town Planner
Peter Diethrich Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Jeff Engman Conoco Phillips
Heather Erb Real Estate Broker
Jerry Fetterman Empire Electric Association
Terry Fitzgerald Agriculture affiliate
Gretchen Fitzgerald USDA, San Juan National Forest
Jodi Foran Montezuma Climate Action Network
J.R. Ford Biomass Electrical generation plant
Jim Foster Bill Barrett Corp.
Greg Fryback Real Estate Broker
Bill Green San Miguel Power Association, Inc.
Werner Heiber Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado (SASCO)
 Elsa  Jagniecki  Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado (SASCO)
Barbara Jefferies La Plata-Archuleta Cattleman’s Association
Jeanine Justice Healthy Lifestyles La Plata
Matt Keefauver Cortez Mayor
Julie Kibel Dolores County Commissioner
Mark Lambert San Juan Public Lands Center
Becky Levy Rico Town Board
Laura Lewis Marchino Region 9 Economic Development District (EDD)
Clifford Lucero Archuleta County Commissioner
Trevor Lytle Home Builders Association
David Mitchem Pagosa Springs Town Manager
Ed Morlan Region 9 EDD
Tomoe Natori Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Jake Nossaman La Plata-Archuleta Cattleman’s Association
Pam Patton La Plata Electric Association
Tom Rice Dolores Public Lands Office
Joelle Riddle La Plata County Commissioner
Denise Rue-Pastin Southwest Water Conservation District (SWCD
Tyler Scheid Small Business Owner
John “Jack” Schuenemeyer Chamber of Commerce
Wayne Semler La Plata-Archuleta Cattleman’s Association
Paul Senecal Town of Ignacio
Julie Simmons Colorado Housing, Inc.
Doug Sparks Empire Electric Association
Jennifer Stark Fort Lewis College: Higher Education rep
Tom Talley Woolgrowers Assoc. and Farm Bureau
Christina Thompson Durango City Council
Mitchell Toms Economic Development Association
William Tookey San Juan County Staff
Jason Wells Silverton Town Administrator
Michael Whiting Southwest Land Alliance
Chloe Wiebe Workforce Development
Terry Woodward Consultant: People-Planet-Profit
Dave Zanoni Silverton Town Council
The Advisory Board established S.M.A.R.T. Goals (specific, measureable, agreed-upon, realistic, and timely) to help implement the REAP mission and achieve its vision. These goals are listed in order of prioritization.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Priority #1: Create a prioritized list of recommendations to promote renewable energy (RE) development in conjunction with conventional energy in the five-county region for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal interests by June 30th, 2012.

S.M.A.R.T Goal  Priority #2:  Assist building owners in recognizing energy efficiency (EE) improvements needed to reduce energy use in residential and commercial buildings by at least 25% in all five counties by 2012.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Priority #3: Beginning in 2013, 10% of homes sold per year will have energy audits; 5% of homes sold per year would implement recommended upgrades.

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Priority #4: Increase community awareness (10% of the population per year beginning in 2012) of the importance and benefits of existing and future resource and energy conservation mechanisms, EE/RE ideas, models, and available services. Emphasize collaboration between all sectors.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Priority #5: Work with the Transit Coordinating Council and the existing Southwest Colorado Regional Transit Feasibility Study to implement action items which increase the availability and usage of mass transit in our region.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Priority #6:  Foster the development of a regional resource recovery system by 2015.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Priority #7
: Incentivize RE and EE in new building construction by working with the city/county building departments in all five counties to encourage a reduction in RE and EE building permit costs by October 2012.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Priority #8:
Develop a collaborative mechanism for working with public lands sectors and management by April 30, 2012 in order to accomplish REAP goals.

Resources for Resourceful Living

Energy Efficiency

A typical American family spends nearly $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Much of that money, however, is wasted through leaky windows or ducts, old appliances, or inefficient heating and cooling systems. The Energy Saver Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Savings Projects offer easy, step-by-step instructions to home energy efficiency improvements that will save you energy and money.

Space heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy use, while water heating accounts for 18%, making these some of the largest energy expenses in any home.

Excerpt from www.Energy.gov

Weatherizing your home helps you save money by saving energy, and it can also improve the comfort of your home. Conduct a home energy audit to start building your strategy for weatherizing your home, then learn about air sealing, insulation, moisture control, and ventilation.

Excerpt from www.Energy.gov

Before designing or remodeling a home, consider energy efficient design strategies; landscaping; and windows, doors, and skylights. You’ll save energy and money in the long run. Also check out our recommendations for saving energy in specific types of homes, such as rentals, manufactured homes, log homes, and earth-sheltered homes.

If you’d like to design an energy-efficient home, no matter what type of design, you should use what’s called the whole-house systems approach.

If you’re remodeling a home, conduct an energy audit to help you determine what energy efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.

Excerpt from www.Energy.gov

Electricity and fuel power our homes and vehicles and the choices you make at home and on the road affect your overall energy costs. Learn how to choose and use products that save you money and energy, and how you can generate your own electricity with renewable energy.


In our homes, we rely on electricity to power our lights, appliances, and electronics. Many of us also use electricity to provide our homes with hot water, heat, and air conditioning. As we use more electricity in our homes, our electric bills rise.

Explore the following topics to reduce your electricity use, purchase efficient products, save money on your electric bills, and buy or make clean electricity:


The vehicle you choose and the fuels used to run it affect your own transportation costs, as well as your environmental impact. Learn about the following topics:

Excerpt from www.Energy.gov

Water Conservation

Most households use the vast majority of their water indoors.  This drives utility costs up and is detrimental to our environment.  Many countries and cities now enact water-usage restrictions during specific seasons or drier months, as well as during emergencies. Why wait for drought or crisis to conserve? Water = energy, so save money by conserving this precious resource.

Earth is composed of 75% water, but only 3% of it is potable (can be safely consumed by humans).  As water shortages increase worldwide, it is important that we all use water as efficiently as possible.  Use the following tips every day and you’ll not only notice a difference in your utility bills, but you’ll be doing your “Green Deeds” and helping the planet.

  • Learn to listen for signs of leakage (for instance, a toilet that sounds like it is running all the time, is most likely leaking), and always fix leaky faucets and other fixtures as soon as you become aware of the problem.
  • Use water-efficient fixtures throughout your home.
  • Routinely check any water-using devices to ensure they are working properly and efficiently.
  • Take showers instead of baths and save up to 40 gallons of water per shower.
  • Take shorter showers when you can – the water you save this way will add up tremendously in the long-run.
  • Drop all bathroom waste in the trash instead of flushing it – this will save gallons.
  • Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Make sure all your faucets have aerators.
  • Cooking food in as little water as possible not only saves water, but keeps most of the nutrients in the food.
  • Consider buying mugs you keep in the freezer rather than using ice to cool soft drinks, lemonade, or other beverages.  This will save water and keep your drink’s flavor intact.
  • Use insulated coolers rather than ice buckets to keep bottles and food cool while traveling.
  • Don’t run your washing machine when you don’t have a full load to wash.
  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes unless it’s necessary – most newer dishwashers will thoroughly clean your dishes without needing pre-rinsing under normal circumstances.
  • Use “gray” water from activities like washing dishes (unless you use harsh detergents) and showering to water plants.
  • Fill clean bottles or containers with water and refrigerate them rather than letting the faucet run until the water is cool enough to drink.
  • Thaw food out in advance or use the microwave if needed on short-notice – don’t thaw out food by running water over it!
  • If you notice a leaking fixture at work, a hotel, or a restaurant, inform someone so they can have it fixed.
  • Wash your car by hand with a bucket or at a carwash that uses recycled water.
  • When buying plants, consult with your suppliers.  Native plants grow more easily and require less water and maintenance.
  • Water your lawn during the early morning hours only – this is when less evaporation occurs.
  • Talk with your co-workers and family about ways to save water – education is the first step!

Take the Pledge to conserve water in your home and daily practices.

Change the Course: Make a pledge to save water in your life, and they pledge to return 1,000 to the Colorado River Basin.

WaterSense is a labeling program for water efficient products, but they also do much more than that.

Recycling & Composting

Recycling can keep trash out of landfills, but it also has larger-ranging benefits. Consider the resources that go into making that product and transporting it, —from harvesting the raw materials to creating, transporting, consuming, and disposing of it. Substituting scrap for virgin materials not only conserves natural resources and reduces the amount of waste that must be burned or buried, it also reduces pollution and the demand for energy. Adapted from Recycling: The Big Picture.

Composting and compost use have numerous benefits in addition to green job creation and reducing the amount of waste destined for landfills and incinerators. At the same time we throw away tons of food scraps and yard trimmings, our soils are eroding and losing nutrients, while damaging receiving waters. Excess fertilizers from farms and suburban lawns, and sediment from construction projects wash off the land and into our water ways every time it rains.

The Recycling Center accepts iron and aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper (no phone books), #1, and #2 plastic.

Location: Transfer Station on Trujillo Road (CR 500)

Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

More information

Refrigerators & Freezer Recycling 

A-1 Services will do the Freon evacuation and tag the units:
1150 County Rd 600
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
(970) 264-9349
Bayfield Recycling Center

  • Accepts: brown glass, aluminum and tin cans, corrugated cardboard, and any kind of paper
  • Location: Off of HWY 160B on Community Lane, one block east of Clover Dr. (where the Town Public Works building is located).
  • Hours:  Saturdays only, from 7 am to 5 pm.
  • More Information

Durango Area Centers
Residents from surrounding communities may recycle mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, mixed cans, and mixed glass (seperated).


  • Accepts: mixed papers, corrugated cardboard, mixed cans, plastic bottles and separated glass
  • Location: On Becker Street across from the high school.
  • Call 970-563-9494 for more information

Marvel Convenience Center

  • Accepts: aluminum cans, mixed glass, newspaper
  • Location: 1765 CR 134
  • More Information

San Juan Citizens Alliance:

  • Accepts: cell phones, laptops, printer cartridges, DVDs, video games, GPS systems, iPods, Cameras
  • Location: Items can be dropped off in the front entry at First National Bank of Durango, 259 West 9th Street, or at 1022-1/2 Main Ave., Durango (above  Carvers).
  • Call Mary Beth for more information at (970) 259-3583.

Additional La Plata County Recycling Opportunities:

ECOrtez accepts glass, mixed paper, cardboard, and aluminum beverage cans.

The ECOrtez program consists of weekly curbside collection service and drop-off at 110 West Progress Circle, in the Industrial Park next to the City Service Center.

More information here.

Four Corners Recycling Initiative accepts mixed paper (newspaper and newspaper supplements, white paper, all colored paper, junk mail, phone books, magazines, and catalogs), corrugated cardboard, and mixed steel (tin) cans and aluminum cans.

More information

Drop off locations:

Mancos Public School System
355 Grand Ave, Mancos, CO.

Dolores Public Lands Office
29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO

Montezuma County Landfill
26100 County Road F

Next to Dolores High School
North 14th St., Dolores, CO 81323

Refrigerators & Freezer Recycling

Belt Salvage Company
6702 U.S. 491
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-3059

(Need to have the Freon removed by a certified tech, who will issue an EPA tag)

Phoenix Recycling offers residential curbside recycling, construction material recycling and data protection.
There is currently no municipal composting service available in La Plata County, however, Table to Farm Composting offers curbside compost pick up.

You can earn points by learning more about recycling and waste reduction with Recyclebank! Check back every day to earn more points; we add new opportunities all the time. Once you’ve earned enough points, you can cash them in for great deals!

Look for these Labels for Resourceful Consumerism

Local Food

When you buy and eat locally-grown, you are contributing to your own health, as well as the local economy, air quality, and more. Reducing food miles decreases energy use and pollution. Choosing local food means we have access to the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious foods at the peak of ripeness and seasonality. By supporting local agriculture, we are also protecting open space and natural landscapes. Adapted from Food Systems Tool: How and Why to Buy Local

Get connected to your local food system by visiting, learning from and volunteering with these organizations:

Growing a healthier community one garden at a time

The Garden Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been growing a healthier community in Southwest Colorado since 1998. We provide resources and services to schools and organizations interested in starting or enhancing a garden program. Services include program facilitation, on-site consultation, sharing tools and educational materials, and general support services. Garden programs include building raised beds and compost bins, transplanting seedlings, mending the soil, companion planting, and integrating the garden with school curriculum.

Please check the website or Facebook for updates. They hope to see you in the garden!

Since 2004, Growing Partners has collaborated to support a fair, sustainable local food system that reaches all ages, incomes and cultures.  Visit their website
In an effort to spotlight, preserve and utilize La Plata Counties local food systems in existence, they choose to celebrate it by eating locally. Visit Local First to learn more.
Connecting Montezuma’s farming heritage to future generations.

The Montezuma School to Farm Project unites our local agricultural heritage with our growing future by engaging students at the crossroads of sustainable agriculture, resource conservation, health, and economics through educational experiences in outdoor garden classes, on field trips, and in summer farm camps.

Learn more here.

Multi-Modal Transportation

Save money while reducing your impact on the planet and help improve our local air quality by going multi-modal!

Sign up today with the City of Durango’s Way to Go Club to track your multi-modal miles and earn rewards!
  • Uber Durango – eco-friendly 5-Star UBER taxi service around the Durango Colorado area including Hermosa, Purgatory and fully authorized, contracted and insured for trips to and from the Durango La Plata County Airport (KDRO).
  • Zimride.com – Zimride takes advantage of Facebook, enabling members to create personal profiles and select ride mates who share similar music tastes, favorite sports teams, or who just seem “normal.”
  • RideAmigos.com – Connect with people going your way to share a taxicab or a car anywhere on Earth. Companies can use the service to help fellow employees coordinate trips together.
  • Shearling.com – Connect with fellow travelers looking to share a road trip using Shareling’s interactive maps that show available rides around the globe. It’s budget and planet-friendly.

There is now a Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision that allows for employers to reimburse up to $20 every month for bicycle commuters. A qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement, means any employer, if they chose to do so, may provide a reimbursement of up to $20 per month for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee in conjunction with their commute to work by bike.

Road Runner Transit connects the Southeast LaPlata County area with medical services, jobs, education, and shopping from Ignacio and Bayfield, to Durango. Also trips from Ignacio to Aztec, NM. This is a Public transportation system, available to anyone.

Buy Local

The Local Breakdown

  • For every $100 spent in a locally owned independent business, $73 returns to the community through avenues such as taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.
  • Spend $100 with a national chain and only $43 of your purchase stays in our local community.
  • When you buy online, $0 stay in our local community.

By making your purchases at a locally owned independent business, you and our community benefit. More services provided by our local government can help lighten your personal load and improve your quality of life. Excerpt taken from Local First

Local First is a not-for-profit organization comprising 200 locally owned, independent businesses and organizations in La Plata County. We support locally owned, independent businesses through marketing programs, events, and promotion—driving customers to “Think Local First”!

Check out the Local First Member Business Directory

Pick up the Be First Local Coupon Book to save money while shopping locally!

The Durango Farmers Market is proud to make daily contributions to the well being of our customers, vendors, and community. We believe that by featuring locally produced foods and goods, we provide a healthier more enjoyable quality of life in the Durango area region.
Durango Natural Foods Co-op has been serving Durango and the surrounding area since 1974 when a group of grassroots visionaries chose to establish a conveniently located outlet for low-cost, locally produced quality food. We offer the best in local and organic fruits and veggies as well as groceries, herbs, bulk foods, cruelty-free beauty aids, supplements, and special-diets options. Our deli offers daily specials, including a variety of fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and grab-n-go choices.