Meet the EnergyWise Team:

Ken Cowan

Bookkeeping

Mr. Cowan is a valuable member of the EnergyWise team. His attention to detail and thorough methodology are well suited for his role as bookkeeper. A longtime resident of the Grand Valley, Mr. Cowan was introduced to ENERGY STAR in 2007 and believes in its implementation. His light-hearted humor makes him a joy to have around the office and as a part of our team.

Contact Ken at ken@energywisegj.com.

Paul Breaux

HERS Ratings, ENERGY STAR Certification, Existing Home Audits, Marketing Director

Paul is the newest member to our rating team. He believes that we are stewards of this planet we call home and should do what we can to minimize our impact on the environment. He received his RESNET Certification in 2016 and BPI Building Analyst Certification in 2018.  He enjoys helping folks with their energy efficiency goals, loves music, plays guitar, and enjoys the outdoors.

Contact Paul at paul@energywisegj.com or 970-985-2482.

Darin Carei

Owner/President

DARIN CAREI

Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Darin heard the call of the West in the late 70’s and moved to Grand Junction. While attending Mesa State College, Darin worked as an intern at the Energy Information Office. During this time he worked to publish the “Solar Directory” and organized the original “Solar Home Tours”.

The Energy Office later became Housing Resources of Western Colorado and Darin now proudly serves on its Board.
Darin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, is a RESNET Certified National Energy Rater. Is a licensed Real Estate Professional and licensed General Contractor.

Contact Darin at  dcarei@energywisecompanies.com.

Gary Tollefson

Original Member Co-founder / Retired

Gary worked as an Energy Rater since 1995 on the Western Slope. As a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he received a BSCE.

After a career spent designing and building civil works, Gary began to explore the benefits of energy efficiency and how he might contribute. Looking for something to keep him relevant and driven by the challenge of using building science in new and existing buildings, he was soon involved with the Home Energy Rating program, and made his passion a reality by helping found EnergyWise Consultants.

Vernon Nelson

Original Member Energy Rater / Retired

Vernon was one of the original members of EnergyWise.  His understanding and delivery of building science to builders helped establish many relationships in the Grand Valley and beyond that exist today.

Meet the EnergyWise Team:

Ken Cowan

Remodels, Retrofits, Bookkeeping

Mr. Cowan has over 40 years experience in the construction industry.  EnergyWise Consultants values his expertise in custom home and commercial building.  A long time resident of the Grand Valley, Mr. Cowan was introduced to ENERGY STAR construction in 2007 when EnergyWise co-founder Gary Tollefson rated a straw bale house for him.  Mr. Cowan joined the EnergyWise team in 2010. His attention to detail and light-hearted humor make him a joy to have around the office and as a part of our team.

Contact Ken at ken@energywisegj.com.

Grady Harper

Senior Rater, Existing Home Audits, ENERGY STAR Certification

Grady grew up in Western Colorado and graduated with a Bachelors in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango.  In 2010, Grady joined EnergyWise as a BPI Building Analyst.  Since then he has performed audits or ratings for over 550 homes. In addition to ENERGY STAR ratings, Grady is excited to help builders go one step further to ZERO Ready and Indoor Air Quality Plus. When not geeking out with energy modeling software, Grady enjoys spending time with his daughter and likes to mountain bike, ski, play Frisbee and pick n’ grin.

Contact Grady  at grady.harper@gmail.com or 970-769-4264.

Paul Breaux

Energy Ratings, Existing Home Audits, Marketing Director

Paul is the newest member to our rating team. He believes that we are stewards of this planet we call home and should do what we can to minimize our impact on the environment. He received his RESNET certification in 2016 and has enjoyed helping folks with their energy efficiency goals. He loves music, plays guitar, and enjoys the outdoors.

Contact Paul at paul@energywisegj.com or 970-985-2482.

Darin Carei

Owner/President

DARIN CAREI

Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Darin heard the call of the West in the late 70’s and moved to Grand Junction. While attending Mesa State College, Darin worked as an intern at the Energy Information Office. During this time he worked to publish the “Solar Directory” and organized the original “Solar Home Tours”.

The Energy Office later became Housing Resources of Western Colorado and Darin now proudly serves on its Board.
Darin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, is a RESNET Certified National Energy Rater. Is a licensed Real Estate Professional and licensed General Contractor.

Contact Darin at  dcarei@energywisecompanies.com.

Gary Tollefson

Original member Co-founder

Gary worked as an Energy Rater since 1995 on the Western Slope. As a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he received a BSCE.

After a career spent designing and building civil works, Gary began to explore the benefits of energy efficiency and how he might contribute. Looking for something to keep him relevant and driven by the challenge of using building science in new and existing buildings, he was soon involved with the Home Energy Rating program, and made his passion a reality by helping found EnergyWise Consultants.

Vernon Nelson

Original member Energy Rater

Vernon was one of the original members of EnergyWise.  His understanding and delivery of building science to builders helped establish many relationships in the Grand Valley and beyond that exist today.

Serving Western Colorado and Eastern Utah since 2009.