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Warm Weather is Just Around the Corner

The trees are budding and the weather is warming. Summer cannot be far behind. Now is the time to get your summer systems in order.

Aqua Care Pool and Solar can help you get summer off on the right foot. We’re taking appointments now for pool openings. Get your pool opened before Memorial Day, schedule now. And it’s a good time to schedule your hot tub checkup and service. Call Vern today to schedule your pool and spa  maintenance appointment.

Now is also a great time to get your evaporative (swamp) cooler or air conditioning system checked out and serviced for the season. Make sure it’s ready for that first hot day.

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Or how about using your tax rebate to upgrade your energy systems. Efficient cooling, heating and hot water systems are a terrific investment that will save you thousands over several years. While the stock market has its ups and downs, gas, oil and electricity costs are guaranteed to go up, start saving on those costs now. Call Steve today to schedule your cooling system check up or energy system upgrade.

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Call Aqua Care Solar for your pool, spa, cooling and solar needs. Free Estimates on all upgrades

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Boulder Businesses and Residents: Solar Grants and Rebates Available

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Just announced, Boulder city business and residents can access grants and rebates from the City of Boulder. For more information, click here.

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Solar Rebate

Boulder residents and businesses that have installed solar electric or solar thermal (hot water) systems on their property may be eligible for a sales and use tax rebate. The city may rebate approximately 15 percent of the city sales and use tax paid on materials and permits for the solar installation. To be eligible, taxpayers must file a rebate application within 12 months of the city’s final inspection.

How do I apply?

To apply for the solar rebate, please complete the following forms:

  • Solar Rebate Form
  • Immigration Affidavit *
    • En Espanol *

Mail the completed forms, receipts from your project and a photocopy of your identification (required by the Immigration Affidavit) to:

City of Boulder
Attn: Juliet Bonnell
Solar Rebate Program
PO Box 791, Boulder, CO 80306

If you have questions or need assistance to complete your application, contact Juliet Bonnel.

* An Immigration Affidavit must be completed and returned with all rebate applications.

Solar rebates are subject to funding availability.

Solar Grant

Funding generated by the solar rebate ordinance is also used to provide grants for the installation of solar electric and solar thermal (hot water) systems on:

  • the facilities of site-based nonprofit organizations;
  • low- or moderate-income housing owned by nonprofit organizations; or
  • individual residences that are part of the city’s affordable housing program.

How do I apply?

  • Before you apply, please select the “Solar Grant Evaluation Criteria” link and read the information about eligibility requirements, terms, and criteria.
  • There are two versions of the Solar Grant application, one for nonprofits and one for homeowners – please make sure you use the appropriate version for your project.
  • Select either the “Homeowner Solar Grant Application” or “Nonprofit Solar Grant Application” links to download the PDF application forms.
  • All applications for the spring 2014 Solar Grant funding cycle are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.
  • If you have questions, or need assistance to complete your application, contact Juliet Bonnell at bonnellj@bouldercolorado.gov or call 303-441-1931.

Grants are subject to funding availability.

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Call Aqua Care Solar for all your solar needs.

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Crazy As It Sounds, You Should Be Thinking of Your Pool and Spa Right Now

The Aqua Care Pool and Spa department has this important reminder. It’s time for a mid-winter pool and spa checkup. This is important  because warmer winter days cause algae to enter the pools in air carried on windy winter days. Don’t let the cold days fool you, the Front Range has enough warm winter days to wreak havoc with your pool or spa. Take action this month so you don’t uncover your pool and receive a great green shock in May.

Call Aqua Care Pool and Spa and schedule your pool and spa checkup today.

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Last Call for Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

Take advantage of tax credits for energy-efficient purchases before the end of the year. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Tsuji

From Energy.gov

December is just around the corner, and so is the expiration for some of the Extended Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. In fact, December 31, 2013, will be the last day you can use the following tax credit to make your home more energy efficient—and save yourself some hard-earned cash by reducing your monthly energy costs this winter.

With colder temperatures on the horizon, this deadline provides the perfect impetus for homeowners to upgrade their heating, insulation, doors, and windows. Or, why not invest in a biomass stove for safe-burning heat with lower fuel costs? The tax savings on these new products could be a great way to start the holiday season, readying you and your family for battling blistering cold and snow.

For the full list that applies to this expiring tax credit, read on. If you purchased certain energy-efficient products during 2012 or 2013, you could be eligible to receive a tax credit for 10% of the cost up to $500, or a specific amount from $50-$300 for the six following product categories.

  • Biomass stoves
  • HVAC systems
  • Insulation
  • Roofing (metal & asphalt)
  • Water heaters (non-solar)
  • Windows and doors.

The products above must be installed in an existing home or your principal residence on or before December 31, 2013.
Fortunately, that’s not all. Despite the expiring tax credit above, consumers can still apply for the following tax credits for the next three years. The product categories listed below are eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost with no upper limit until December 31, 2016.

  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Small wind turbines (residential)
  • Solar energy systems.

This tax credit can be used on eligible products installed in new or existing homes, and a principal residence or second home would both qualify (but not rentals).

Finally, you may receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 KW of power, for residential fuel cell and microturbine systems through December 31, 2016. These can be used on new or existing homes, but only a principal residence. Second homes and rentals do not qualify.

To receive these tax credits, you will need to submit the 5695 form with your 2013 taxes. To learn more information about specific requirements for each product, as well as information on applying for these tax credits, visit ENERGY STAR®. And be sure to check out our Savings page for federal and state-specific tax credits and rebates.

Article by Erik Hyrkas,  Media Relations Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

It’s not to late to think of upgrading to an energy efficient water heater, boiler, HVAC or solar thermal. Give our offices a call and book your free estimate today.

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Longmont Rebates and Low Interest Loans Available

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Energy Smart has announced rebates and incentives available to Longmont residents.

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REBATES & FINANCING FOR HOMES – LOW INTEREST FINANCING

EnergySmart and Elevations Credit Union are working together to offer Elevations Energy Loans to homes and businesses.  Energy Loans can help you achieve a more efficient, comfortable and affordable home.

Energy Loans can be used for a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades including insulation, air sealing, heating, cooling, water heating, windows and solar PV.

Interest rates start as low as 2.75%. Loans can be paid in part or in full with zero prepayment penalty.  Energy Loans can be combined with rebates to fully fund your home upgrades.

This exciting financing is available to residents in all Boulder County communities for qualified energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in existing buildings.  Free EnergySmart Advisor Consultation (usually $50) is available for borrowers.  LEARN MORE 

Similar Energy Loans are available for businesses in Boulder County and residents and businesses in Denver

Give Aqua Care Solar a call for more information and to schedule your free estimate for heating or solar today!

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