Good Going Green
The first phase of construction will begin in the next few months. Future residents like Chip Cooper are excited about the possibilities the subdivision will offer.
"There has to be a better way to build housing developments besides the slash, burn and bulldoze approach," said Cooper.
But, if you're not interested in moving, there are ways to make your home more efficient.
Columbia Water and Light hosted a workshop to encourage residents to invest in solar water heaters.
For a typical solar water heater like the one displayed at the workshop sunlight is collected here and converted into electricity in this panel. Then water is pumped through the pipes in this flat-plate collector where the water is heated.
"We're trying to support renewable energy right here in Columbia," said Dan Dasho of Columbia Water and Light.
Residents at Bear Creek will have the option of installing solar water heaters, and from the turnout at the Water and Light workshop, it looks like more mid- Missourians will be heating their water with some help from the sun.