CITY OF BOULDER: Lend Your Voice to the Energy Action Plan
Content courtesy of the City of Boulder
This is an exciting time for our community as it continues its commitment to lowering our carbon footprint!
As you may know, voters in the City of Boulder agreed in November 2011 to pursue the possibility of forming a city-owned and operated electric utility. Supporters of this approach believe it is the best way to help our community reach its goals of providing access to cleaner energy that is reliable and competitively priced, while increasing local decision-making and solidifying our Boulder economy.
Over the next several years, the city will be conducting legal and engineering work to determine if such an effort is feasible.
In the meantime, the city is working on several related initiatives. These efforts include creating an Energy Action Plan (EAP) and developing the framework for climate action in 2013 and beyond.
A community conversation around all phases of our Energy Future is crucial to ensure that efforts meet community goals. Your input is valuable and there are several opportunities for you to provide feedback:
• Walk-in Wednesdays – Group discussion with city staff about energy and climate issues; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, West Senior Center
• Environmental Advisory Board public meetings on climate action planning; 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month in Council Chambers
• City Council meetings, study sessions and roundtable events
• At the Energy Future table at the Boulder Farmers’ Market every 4th Saturday of the month
Learn about these events and the entire project, sign up for the newsletter and provide feedback at www.BoulderEnergyFuture.com.
CLIMATE ACTION PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR BOULDER COUNTY
Reduce Energy Use at Home and at Work
While the city works on items related to Boulder’s Energy Future, there are numerous things you can do in your home and office today to help the entire community reduce its energy use.
If you’re a homeowner, get a Home Energy Assessment. EnergySmart removes the guesswork and hassle from cutting energy waste and costs and increasing the comfort in your home. The heart of the EnergySmart services is the expert Energy Advisor who walks residents through the entire process to help prioritize energy upgrades, finds and collects bids from contractors, assists with rebates and financing options (up to $1000/home while funds last), and installs free energy-saving items. More than 4,500 homes in Boulder County have already benefited from these services. Visit EnergySmartYES.com, or call 303-544-1000.
Are you a renter or property manager in Boulder? EnergySmart can also provide expert guidance on a cost-effective path to SmartRegs compliance for rental unit(s). In addition, limited-time rebates for up to $500 are available, but you need to act soon. Find more information at EnergySmartYES.com/SmartRegs.
Join over 1,400 business and commercial property owners in Boulder County already benefiting from limited-time rebates and expert Energy Advisors with EnergySmart. In addition to providing an Energy Advisor for FREE, EnergySmart can help your business discover profit-boosting, energy saving opportunities, optimize heating and cooling systems, and upgrade old or inefficient equipment with limited-time rebates and financing. Visit EnergySmartYES.com, or call 303-441-1300.
If you’re a business in Boulder County, consider taking the 10 for Change challenge! Join over 110 Boulder County businesses committed to reducing energy use and waste. Sign up today to save money on utility bills and enjoy free energy resources, networking events, and recognition for your efforts to conserve energy and reduce waste. Visit 10forchange.net for more information and to register.
The City of Boulder’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax supplements EnergySmart services within Boulder and fully funds 10 for Change. EnergySmart is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy and sponsored in partnership with Boulder County, the City of Boulder and the City of Longmont.
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