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A sustainable community is a desirable place to live, work, visit and play. At the core, sustainability is about creating an economically strong, socially vibrant, and environmentally healthy community for current and future generations.  

Residential Tax Credits and Rebates for Home Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, EVs, and More!IRA_Home_Benefits

Follow the three steps below to learn how you or your family can save on utility bills, get support to purchase energy-saving appliances, electric vehicles, and access the economic opportunities of the Inflation Reduction Act's tax credits and rebates!

  1. Calculate how much money you can get through tax credits and rebates

  2. Learn how to obtain tax credits and rebates from the IRS

  3. Sign-up to receive news updates 

Are you a business, non-profit, or educational institution? There are tax credits and rebates for you too! 

Mow Down Pollution: Get up to $150 for a electric lawn mower! 

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) is offering several voucher types through Ace Hardware and Home Depot. Only one voucher per household is allowed per year.

  • $75 voucher for handheld electric equipment: Recycling of a gas item is mandatory.

  • $75 voucher for electric lawn mower: No recycling is necessary, as we want to encourage eco-friendliness.

  • $150 voucher for electric lawn mower: Recycling of a gas mower is required.

Sign-Up and Learn More 

Opportunities and Programs: 

Electrify your home in 2023

With natural gas prices high and federal and state tax credits in place, 2023 is a great year to explore adding a new heat pump to your home. In this webinar, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) highlights the following:

  • Key points to consider in electrifying both new and existing homes — for homeowners, new homebuyers, and HVAC contractors, as well as utilities, local governments, and new homebuilders.
  • Examples of homes making this type of upgrade, and of all-electric new homes with very low energy costs and excellent indoor air quality.
  • Highlight the federal and state tax credits and utility rebates, which will more than cover the cost of replacing/upgrading your central AC to a heat pump system to deliver heating and cooling to your home.

Slides Here!

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7 Things to Know Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof - BloombergFree Community Solar for Limited-Income Residents in Jefferson County

Energy Outreach Colorado connects limited-income renters and homeowners whose homes are not suitable for rooftop solar with free access to the cost savings of solar energy.

Program benefits include: 

  • Average households save 50% off the cost of electricity per year (about $600/year or $50/month).
  • You don’t need to own your home (renters can participate).
  • Subscriptions can move with you.

Learn more and sign-up here!

Get a Free E-Bike Through Smart Commute's Income Qualified Program 

Are you a resident of Adams or Broomfield Counties and think you may meet income qualifications to be a part of the second phase of Smart Commute’s eBike deployment? Smart Commute will be deploying up to 25 new eBikes as a part of an ongoing loan-to-own grant-funded program.

You can find out more information and apply here



Carry Out Bag Fee In Effect

Starting January 1, 2023 a store may furnish a recycled paper carryout bag or a single-use plastic carryout bag to a customer for a fee of 10 cents/bag

Avoid the fee and reduce waste - bring your own bag! 

It takes a little change of habit, but bringing your own reusable bag is the easiest way to avoid paying the $0.10 bag fee. Here's how to get a reusable bag: 

  • Many stores offer reusable bags for low prices. These bags quickly pay for themselves in avoided fees.

  • The City of Westminster is working on developing bag hand-out programs - check back soon for more information!

Exempt customers: Customers that can show proof of being on a federal or state food assistance program do not have to pay the fee.

On and after January 1, 2024, a store may furnish only a recycled paper carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale at a fee of 10 cents/bag.

Learn more about the fee here

Sustainability News

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Holiday Recycling Guide