2017 Curbside Appliance Pick-Up Program
- Save money on your water bill!
- Gain practical, easy, do-it-yourself sprinkler
- Help make your neighborhood a model of beautiful,
- Do your part to conserve Colorado’s water!
Keep cool this summer with Xcel Energy cooling rebates
Keep cool while keeping money in your pocket this summer. Xcel Energy offers substantial rebates on evaporative coolers, ductless mini-split heat pumps, and high efficiency central air conditioners to help offset the cost of purchase to its residential electric customers. Make sure it’s installed properly to ensure the highest efficiency possible. Many contractors help with rebate paperwork, too. Here’s more about each of the systems and corresponding rebates:
Evaporative coolers use up to 75% less energy than traditional air conditioners. Rebates range from $200 to $1200. Often called “swamp” coolers, evaporative coolers are often installed on rooftops. A fan blows air through a water-soaked pad that cools the air in a home. You open the windows to let the hot air out, and keep the cooled air flowing through the home. This technology is particularly well-suited to our dry Colorado climate.
Ductless mini-split heat pumps
These are a newer technology that often cool and heat an area that is hard to reach with traditional ducts, or may be ideal for a new addition. The rebate from Xcel Energy is $200.
Central air conditioners (or air source heat pumps)
According to the Department of Energy, about 60% of AC’s are oversized, which causes systems to start up and shut down often, and use more energy, than if a system is right-sized.
New systems have rebates ranging from $100 to $1,150. Customers must use a contractor who is on the list of participating AC contractors in order to receive a rebate. http://www.xcelenergy.com/COtrades Learn more and get started at www.xcelenergy.com/homerebates.
Golden Bike Library Now Open!
The Golden Bike Library is now open for its second season. The program runs through October and provides adult and children’s bikes through a check-out system at the Golden Visitor’s Center, 1010 Washington Ave. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The first two hours are free; those looking to rent for longer periods pay just $10 per day and may utilize a convenient key-drop box to return bikes after hours. For more information, visit www.GoldenBikeLibrary.com.
AquaHawk Alerting Helps City of Golden Water Customers Track Usage
The City of Golden encourages water customers who have received a new water meter to sign up for AquaHawk Alerting, a free web-based service that enables customers to more efficiently manage their water usage and lower their water bills. The online tool helps customers wade through any confusion on their water usage and helps track past and present usage of water.
Customers can sign up to receive alerts about leaks or out of the ordinary usage. Alerts can be received via text message, e-mail, or phone call. AquaHawk is an extension of the city’s automated metering system, aimed at helping customers understand their water usage and billing. Customers are able to see their usage in convenient customizable graphs to understand their water habits. It can help budget by setting a monetary or water gallon goal.
A few recent AquaHawk customer comments include:
“We are thrilled to be able to see our daily water use! It’s so convenient be able to login anytime, see an estimate of what we’ve already spent, and view a projected bill amount.”
“I felt more comfortable leaving town, knowing that AquaHawk would alert me if there was a leak.” “I can finally see real time information about how much water my irrigation system is really using.”
“I’ve been working to conserve water in our household. It’s very satisfying making a change and then being able to go on AquaHawk the next day and see how much you saved”
The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March and will continue for several months until completed. The new meter reading system allows water meters to be read hourly down to a single gallon of water. Approximately 1500 meters have been replaced to date.
Visit the Water Usage Monitoring page for more information.