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There are many ways you can save money, live a healthy lifestyle, and protect your favorite natural places in Westminster and Colorado!

Join your neighbors in making Westminster a desirable place to live and play through accessing the variety of resources below. In each section, you'll find tips and links that provide information to simplify the adoption of actions, and in some cases, offer rebates and financing.  

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Save money and increase the comfort of your home through the following actions and associated programs available to Westminster residents.

  1. Light USavings: Switch to LED light bulbs and ENERGYSTAR certified appliances and equipment and access Xcel Energy residential programs and rebatesand assistance to lower energy costs
  2. Be Energy Smart: Conduct an energy audit on your home to find areas to save energy through a Xcel Home Energy Audit.
    • Quick win: Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 72 degrees in the summer for optimal comfort and cost-savings! 
  3. Energy Independence!: Save money through selecting renewable sources through the opportunities to install, subscribe, and get solar and wind energy. Explore the opportunities to go renewable!  
  4. Build Smart: Thinking about large home upgrades and enhancements, but concerned about the upfront cost? Check out the Colorado Residential Energy Upgrade Loan to access low cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations.
  5. Electrify!: Switching to high-efficiency heat pumps can make our homes more comfortable and healthier. Using clean, renewable electricity, electric heat pumps can provide both heating (space and water) and cooling. This feature is especially important because summers are already getting warmer. The projected days over 95 have already doubled in the last 20 years and are projected to double again in the next 15-20 years. Using a high efficiency heat pump can keep your home comfortable and your energy bills affordable. 

    Save money through reducing your consumption and dispose of used materials responsibly to protect our natural resources.

    1. Waste 101: Access City information and resources on trash and recycling collection, large item pick-up, hazardous waste, and more.
    2. Recycle Responsibly: This Hard to Recycle Guide can help you keep materials out of landfills, prevent poisons from entering our soil and water, and preserve natural resources.
    3. Be a Compost King or Queen: Repurpose food waste and other organic material to improve plant growth and reduce methane emissions from landfills. 
      1. See below for a list of compost service providers in Westminster:
        1. Alpine Waste
        2. Compost Colorado
        3. Eco-Cycle
        4. Republic Services
        5. Clementine Curbside
        6. 5280 Waste Solutions
      2. Backyard Composting: Learn how to set-up and manage a backyard, self-contained compost system in your backyard here.
    4. Reduce and Reuse: Join the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-your favorite pair of jeans have shared so many memories with you…why not share more? Proper care and maintenance of your products can save you money and extends the life of the items you already love.
      1. When going shopping, ask yourself: Is that new item going to make you happier? Improve your life? If so, go for it! If not, keep adding to the story and life of what you already have.
      2. Donate used items to Goodwill, ARC, or a thrift store.
      3. Use reusable products like water bottles and grocery bags to reduce spending and waste.

    Increase the beauty of your lawn and save money through efficient watering, wise planting, and responsible tree and organic waste management.

    1. Be Water Wise: Take advantage of Westminster’s suite of water conservation resources and programs that include free sprinkler assessments, irrigation audits, and xeriscape planting resources!
    2. Be an Urban Forester: You play major part in growing a healthy urban forest that provides shade and offers crucial the mental and ecosystem services. Learn about City resources that help you plant and take care of your trees here and specific tree planting programs and best practices below:
    3. Branch Out: Compost your tree branches and other yard waste. Residents are encouraged to recycle their tree limbs to reduce landfill use and provide valuable mulch. Limb chipping and free mulch are available. Learn more about Tree Limb Recycling below:
      • Location - 10001 Alkire St. 
      • Open year-round on the second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to noon.
      • Free for Westminster residents: Please bring proof of Westminster residency (e.g. driver's license, Colorado I.D., utility bill, rent receipt or mortgage statement) No contractors.
      • What can you bring: Tree limbs can be any length, but must be less than 20 inches in diameter. Loads must be covered or tied down. Shrubs are allowed if the root ball has been removed. No construction materials, bags of leaves or grass clippings.
      • Mulch: Free mulch is available ONLY on the second Saturday of the month while the supply lasts. Call 303-658-2192 for mulch availability. Mulch can be self-loaded into your containers, or staff can load mulch into the back of your pickup. The city is not liable for any vehicle damages while loading mulch.
      • Contact: Amanda Schreck, 303-658-2192 Or aschreck@cityofwestminster.us.

    Buses, Bikes, and AutomobilesHow you get around can have a big impact on your budget, health, and air quality.

    1. Find a Better Commute: Plan out your trip to work or school and discover routes, pools and other options through the following resources My Way To Go.
      • Their commute tool is a one-stop shop for reviewing your commute options. By entering your home address and work location, you’ll be able to find potential carpool partners, vanpools you could join, likely transit options, and possible biking or walking routes. 
    2. Know the Road Ahead: Stay up to date with the City’s transportation and mobility resources and programs. Connect with regional transportation and commuting resources Smart Commute Metro North and Commuting Solutions
      • Easy Win: Combine multiple errands into one vehicle trip.
    3. Hop on Board!: Take the local or regional RTD bus or train service to your destination
      • Easy Win: Take the train or Flatiron Flyer to downtown Denver to avoid driving hassles and parking challenges. Bypass potential traffic to get to your sports event, concert, or meal reservation!
    4. Wheely Good Time: Biking to your destination can save you money on gas and parking as well as help you stay physically active. Check out Commuting Solution’s interactive map of bike paths and routes to plan your trip.
    5. EVerybodies Going Electric: Check-out resources, incentives, and programs on electric vehicles here (link to EV tile).  

    Getting outside and enjoying our natural playground is a great pleasure and privilege. Please help out to preserve and protect our open spaces and natural environment!

    1. Clean Water: Learn how you can help the City maintain our great water quality and reduce pollutants in our stormwater
      • Easy win: Don’t dump hazardous waste materials into the storm drains.  If you see a spill of unknown material or containers of unknown liquid, call the city at 303-658-4360.
    2. Know Before You Go: Learn about all the great walking, running, and biking trails and routes and check-out the Parks and Open Space in Westminster and the surrounding area.
    3. Grow for Good: Apply your green thumb and help grow local food through participating in the City's Community Gardens

    A vibrant, resilient community is a foundational part of sustainability. Westminster has a number of activities to assist residents and neighborhoods. 

    1. Enhance and Beautify: Have a great project or idea to improve your neighborhood’s look and feel? Apply for the Neighborhood Landscape Enhancement Grant
    2. Share Your Voice: Join the Environmental Advisory Boardprovide input on City on goings and help shape the programs, resources, and events for residents and the community.
    3. Happy Housing: Learn about the Affordable Housing programs and resources offered to residents.
    4. Boosted by Benefits: Learn about low or no cost programs available to residents at the Westy Live Better
    5. Healthy Living and Eating:
      • Healthy Westminster: Access City programs that help you live a healthy, healthy, and active lifestyle
      • Nourish Colorado: Works to reshape the food system by shifting the food supply chain into a true food value chain. 
    6. Explore The City: 
      • Protect the Past: Learn about Westminster’s unique history and learn about the City’s Historic Preservation Program that was established to protect local historic landmarks.
      • Paint the Urban Canvas: The City’s Public Art Program  maintains over 100 ore than 100 individual works of art contribute to the overall program, ranging from larger-than-life cast bronzes to kinetic "wind sculpture"

    Become energy independent - Brighten up your home with solar! 


    Did you know that over 2,200 residential single-family homes have installed PV solar? Check out the Westminster Solar Map to find out where solar is installed and permits are active.

    Are you: Looking for a contractor or installer? Curious about the solar permitting and inspection process? Wanting to access financing options? Then visit our solar landing site on the Community Development webpage. 

    Looking for resources to install solar PV on your home? See below:

    Join this community effort without putting panels on your own home! 

    Check out these solar subscription and participation options: 

    • Community Solar Gardens: go solar without installing panels on your roof. By subscribing to a portion of the energy produced in a community solar garden, you do not the need to invest in solar panels for home use. Your utility continues delivering your energy, and you become part of the solar community, receiving solar credits on your electricity bill. It’s that easy. Learn about and subscribe to Westminster's Solar Gardens: Sun Share and Jack's Solar Garden

    • Xcel Energy – Renewable Energy Options – Residential: subscribe to renewable energy options through Xcel Energy’s offerings 

    • united power – green power partners:  purchase clean, renewable electric power through united power’s green power partners program 

    No matter if you own or rent your property, there's ways for you to go solar. Reach out to the sustainability office if you have questions on how to keep on the sunny side of life.