CU Continuing Education
FROM CU CONTINUING EDUCATION:
There are dozens of educational opportunities in Boulder County to learn more about sustainable living practices and energy efficiency options that can help you live more sustainably.
1. Attend one of the quarterly Green After Dark presentations brought to you by the Boulder Green Building Guild and the Center for Resource Conservation.
2. Review free recorded classroom lectures on energy efficiency, natural building and alternative energy strategies brought to you by CU Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Certificate Program.
3. Travel to Costa Rica to participate in an international renewable energy workshop offered through Solar Energy International.
4. Register for one of many Sustainable Practices Workshops offered through CU Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies.
There are numerous groups and associations in Boulder County where you can meet community members interested in pursuing a more sustainable lifestyle. Check into these opportunities to see how you can make a difference in your local community.
1. Attend a Transition Boulder County event and get involved with the growing transition movement.
2. Take the ClimateSmart pledge and see what your friends and neighbors are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.
3. Volunteer at the Center for ReSource Conservation and help them support their mission to empower the community to conserve natural resources.
4. Join CU Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Online Community and connect with natural building and alternative energy enthusiasts and professionals.
DO THE MATH
SOLAR TAX CREDITS +
ELECTRIC COMPANY REBATES +
CLIMATE SMART LOAN =
THE RIGHT TIME TO INVEST IN SOLAR
The last quarter of 2008 opened a big window of opportunity for homeowners to go solar in 2009 for monthly payments about the same as current electric bills (and less than future-year bills) without having to come up with a large initial payment, thanks to the passage of Boulder County’s ballot initiative 1a and an improvement in federal tax incentives for residential solar systems.
Boulder County’s voters approved the Climate Smart Loan program, which provides low-interest loans for residential solar PV systems and many other clean energy and conservation projects. Federal tax credits for residential solar now cover 30% of your solar costs with no cap on the total credit. Many solar providers will front you the Xcel rebates, which can cover another 30%-40% of your costs.