Save the Dates! Boulder County Solar Week 2008
Tour: Sunday, October 5, 2008, 10 am to 4 pm
Workshops: Monday, October 6th - Thursday, October 11th
Giving you the inspiration and education you need to save money and the planet by making your home more efficient
Boulder County Solar Week 2008 is an event put on for and by the citizens of Boulder County. The week kicks off with the Tour of Solar and Green Homes and Solar Week Expo on Sunday, October 5th, 2008. This year's tour features 14 unique Boulder homes ranging from new-build and remodeled net-zero energy homes, to the CRC’s green remodeled office, to a cohousing community that collectively financed solar for 32 of their 40 homes. Of special interest to City of Boulder residents will be Xcel Energy’s interactive mobile exhibit, Smart Grid Experience, which will be on display at the Expo held at the CRC’s office at 2639 Spruce Street in Boulder. In addition, participants will be able to tour a home piloting GridPoint’s Smart Grid in home technology.
Plus, new this year are nine new workshops that will follow the tour, beginning on Monday, October 6th and running through Thursday, October 9, 2008. Topics include:
How to Reduce Your Energy Bills
Renewables Made Simple
Water Conservation and Gardening Tips that Make CENTS!
Financing Home Conservation Improvements
Saving $$$ and ReSources with Re-use
To register for the home tour and free or low-cost educational workshops click here or call 303.999.3820 ext. 218.
Volunteers Needed for the 13th Boulder County Solar Week!
Volunteer and help the CRC educate our community to save money and the planet through conservation at home
Tasks for volunteers include:
- Registration (Solar Home Tour/Workshop Series)
- Greet Tour participants at homes (Solar Home Tour)
- Help Tour participants understand more about the homes (Solar Home Tour)
- Set up and clean up venue (Workshop Series)
In exchange, Solar Home Tour volunteers will be given a FREE pass to visit all the homes, and Workshop volunteers will be given a FREE ticket to a Workshop! ALL volunteers are invited to the Solar Week Party!
To sign up to volunteer click here or call 303.999.3820 ext. 219.
Insulate Colorado Week is Your Opportunity to Help Insulate Your Neighborhood
Inspire your neighbors to save money and cut energy consumption
Insulate Colorado Week, a program of the Governor’s Energy Office, starts September 15th. Throughout Boulder County, the CRC will help to coordinate neighborhoods, blocks, cul-de-sacs, HOAs, etc. where groups of neighbors are interested in insulation and air-sealing with a contractor on September 20th, or during the week of September 15th.
This initiative will inspire neighbors to make energy efficiency improvements together. In many instances, your home will have the same building characteristics as your neighbor’s home. This is the perfect time to join together to understand which energy conservation measures are important to your type of home, and to develop an action plan to get the work completed.
Can you think of any neighbors who might be interested in going in on this with you? Please talk with them about the Residential Energy Audit Program and insulation rebates available, and potentially organize to get your insulation during the week of September 15th.
Please call J.C. at 303.999.3820 ext. 224 if you are interested in participating.
Green Drinks and Customer Appreciation Party at ReSource Boulder!
Join the green community for music and drinks in a unique setting
ReSource Boulder, 2665 63rd Street, Boulder, will host a collaborative event with Green Drinks Boulder on Tuesday, September 30 from 5-8pm at the ReSource sales yard.This ReSource customer appreciation event is being paired with Boulder's monthly Green Drinks gathering to link the larger green and sustainably-active community together.
The event will feature local musician and ReSource staffer, John Beacher, opening for the groovy string-tunes of the Swamp Koolers. We invite you to come out and join us for the festivities. It will be a great networking and social event. Stop by and enjoy the setting sun while sipping on local keg beer provided by ReSource. See you on September 30!
Sustainable Art on Display at ReSource Fort Collins
Support local and sustainable art
Over a dozen salvaged and reclaimed art pieces made from salvaged and reclaimed sources are now on display at ReSource Fort Collins, 1501 N. College Street, Fort Collins. These works of art were created by Northern Colorado artists and are awe-inspiring.
The sustainable artwork will also be shown at the upcoming New Belgium Brewing Company's Tour de Fat and the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair. Accompanying the artwork through the end of September are silent auction bid forms for the purchase of the individual pieces. All proceeds go toward supporting the ReSource Fort Collins program. Please stop in and see the amazing creativity of the vibrant community of Fort Collins and put a bid down to take the art home!
Slow the Flow is Wrapping Up for the Season
Thanks to all Slow the Flow participants who took steps to reduce their water use this summer
Even though the CRC is finished performing irrigation inspections for this summer, we happily take reservations year-round. If you have questions or would like to be first in line for next year, click here or call 303.999.3280 ext. 217.
Are You Still Watering Your Grass Like It’s the Middle of Summer?
Make sure to adjust your watering schedule to match the “falling” temperatures
According to the CSU Cooperative Extension Office, by adjusting your watering schedule to match the changing seasons, you can use almost 30% less water on your lawn annually. Adjust your watering schedule by increasing the number of days between each watering, while keeping the amount applied (run time) the same. In the fall, the CRC recommends watering about 1x per week. This infrequent, deep watering encourages deep root development which allows for the lawn to withstand the summer heat. Check your watering schedule and see if there’s room for you to cut back on your water use this fall! For more information about seasonal watering, visit the CSU Cooperative Extension’s website.