|Press Contact||Eric Reinhardt|
Helio makes it simple for customers to transition off fossil fuels and fully electrify their homes.
We all want to do our part to reduce our carbon emissions and live in a healthy, comfortable, and more energy efficient home. To get there though, isn’t always so easy. Instead of hiring 5 contractors to complete the work, you can hire Helio. Helio’s software platform takes into consideration your climate, your unique home attributes, your roof space, your energy usage, and your existing appliance performance and calculates the optimal, most economic path for you to electrify your appliances and run your entire home off the sun.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the highest it’s been in 3 million years. 800 million people are currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise. The UN panel on climate change warns we are on a trajectory of heating the planet by 1.5 degrees by 2030 resulting in irreversible and devastating effects.
All this means is we have 10 years to make a meaningful impact. 10 years to make sure our great grandkids have clean air, water, and enough food to eat. Although the situation is grim, we believe there is hope.
Rather than sitting on the sidelines to see what happens helio asked themselves how WE ALL could do our part. They quickly realized they didn't have to look farther than the home. Nearly 42% of emissions come from decisions we make at the kitchen table. If they could improve the efficiency of our homes and switch to new higher efficient electric technology we could get rid of nearly 9 gigatons of CO2 worldwide. Not only will this be a key piece of our climate puzzle, but economically it will save the world over $2.5 trillion in costs.
Co-Founder and Head of Zero Energy Solutions
Originally lured into green building by straw bale homes in the early 1990s, Bill has managed and built a number of progressive NetZero energy homes, including two featured on the cover of the Boulder Green Building Journal and one on the front page of Conservation Magazine. Bill previously founded GB3 Energy Solutions in 2008 (a full service home energy company), GB3 has audited and retrofitted thousands of homes throughout Colorado to be more comfortable, healthy, and energy efficient.
Licensed RESNET Home Energy Rater, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a BPI Building Analyst - Shell and Envelope Specialist - Heating Professional.
Bill holds a BA in Japanese and a BS in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. He was also a graduate of CSU's first green building construction management course. Bill has lived in Colorado since 1972 and currently lives in Golden with his wife Jennifer, daughter River, and son Wilson.
Co-Founder and Head of Business Development
Clay Dusel has over 20 years of residential home improvement experience. Clay started Dusel Custom Builders, a residential remodeling and green building company. During this time, Clay sat on the board of directors of the Boulder Green Building Guild, participated in contractor education forums, and built a number of projects that pushed the boundaries of energy efficiency and creative material re-use. This led Clay to start FuelSwitch, a net zero energy company focused on helping homeowners live a carbon neutral lifestyle by helping them transition off fossil fuels.
Clay then spent 4 years working in Project Development at Melton Design-Build. He guided customers on projects of all sizes from initial phone call, design, estimating, permitting, construction and quality assurance.
Clay brings construction knowledge, customer service and project management skills to the Helio team, along with a practical knowledge of effective home energy improvement solutions. Clay lives in Lyons with his wife and 3 daughters.
Co-Founder and CEO
Eric has over a decade of experience in the clean technology and renewable energy industries. He was previously the Senior Director of Software Product Management at Sunrun, a provider of residential solar panels and home batteries. As one of Sunrun’s original 200 employees, Eric helped direct their growth from a startup into the largest solar power sales and installation company in the world with over 8,000 employees and a market valuation of approximately $10 billion.
While at Sunrun, Eric led the software development efforts and set the strategic vision for the organization’s end-to-end software platform for solar and battery storage.
Reinhardt received his Bachelor of Arts in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Dartmouth College and his Master of Business Administration in Clean Technology from The University of Texas at Austin. Eric was born and raised in Crested Butte, CO and now lives in Denver with his wife Melissa and his son Gus.