With the start of a new year, nearly everyone’s looking trim expenses. With a series of free winter workshops, Pasadena Water and Power is resolved to help you reach your goals.
- Considering solar? PWP is urging residential customers to start their projects now to maximize incentives. Rebates are expected to decrease in early 2012. Our “Going Solar” workshop Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Salvation Army Tabernacle, 960 E. Walnut St., will get you on your way to generating your own green power. You’ll learn about technical and legal requirements, vendor selection, financing and lease options and how to apply for local incentives and the 30 percent federal tax credit. Reserve your spot at www.cityofpasadena.net/solar.
- Learn how to grow a beautiful, lush oasis in your own yard by creating a rain garden. Cut your water bills and take your landscaping to the next level by channeling rainwater to a unique collection of plants that thrive in moist conditions. This in-garden, hands-on learning experience Saturday, Feb. 18, is perfect for all skill levels. Location and time will be announced when you register at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater.
- Join the “locavore” movement and get your fill of vegetables by starting an organic kitchen garden in your own backyard. PWP and Gardenerd have teamed up to offer the new Organic Gardening Series Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Salvation Army Tabernacle, 960 E. Walnut St. Local expert Christy Wilhemi will entertain and inform, giving the best advice on soil and fertilizers, small space and container gardening, heirloom vegetables, seed starting and transplanting, garden tools and care and pruning. Reserve your spot at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater.