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Walnut Creek Saves with WattzOn

The city of Walnut Creek is proud to introduce Walnut Creek Saves, a new community program designed to save residents energy and water and to lower monthly bills. Walnut Creek Saves is offered as a part of the City’s efforts to address climate change and reach their sustainability goals. The program has been successfully tested and ran in over thirty communities across the country including in neighboring cities like Benicia and Livermore.

Walnut Creek Saves is a free program available to all residents, homeowners or renters, which offers the following benefits: free home consultations where residents learn how to save energy, water and money and free access to an online energy saving account  called “The Energy Center” to encourage continued savings after the consultations (the “Energy Center” is a great tool to use even if the resident decides to opt out of the home consultation). Furthermore, this program helps build a stronger local economy by creating discretionary income which is spent locally and by offering training and paid internships in energy efficiency to local high school students.

The home consultations are geared towards showing the exact changes the resident can make to have a more energy efficient home while receiving free efficiency products to jump-start the savings right away (like LED bulbs and low-flow devices). The program is not a sale call but rather a home visit and an integrated platform tool to help our residents with energy savings through habit changes and small upgrades. You can sign up today by visiting www.WalnutCreekSaves.org or by calling 1-800-314-5997.

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Walnut Creek's Library Is Now Electrical Vehicle Friendly

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Visitors to Walnut Creek’s library can now charge their electric car in the library garage. The city has installed five level-two chargers by EV Connect to meet the growing demand for electrical vehicle infrastructure.

With the new additions, the City of Walnut Creek has 35 EV charging stations. We are working diligently to find new funding resources to expand the city’s zero-emission vehicle infrastructure in the near future. The chargers are offered free of cost and they are available from 6 am to midnight. Plan your next visit by downloading the EV Connect app from Apple or Google Play Store, plug in and enjoy a good book while your car is charging.

 

 

California Youth Energy Services in Walnut Creek

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In the summer of 2016, Rising Sun partnered with the City of Walnut Creek for a second year to host the California Youth Services program. CYES employed 4 Walnut Creek youth and served 231 Walnut Creek area residents.

Rising Sun Energy Center, a nonprofit, partners with cities and PG&E Energy Watch Partnerships to deliver the California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program. CYES employs local youth to perform energy efficiency and water conservation assessments and installations in local homes - at no cost to the customer. The program provides a positive experience for the local youth adults enabling them to make a difference in their community, helping the environment, and shaping their future success.

In Walnut Creek, the youth Energy Specialists installed energy efficient devices (LED light bulbs,smart power strips, etc) and water saving devices (kitchen and bathroom aerators) in local homes. These home improvements led to the annual reduction of 37,146.20 kWh, 64 therms and 338 thousand gallons of water, preventing 26.0 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. This is the equivalent to avoiding CO2 greenhouse gas emissions from the following: 2,920 gallons of gasoline consumed, 4 homes' electricity use for one year, 60.4 barrels of oil consumed. 

 

Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements (BAMBE) Recognition Award

The City of Walnut Creek would like to recognize The Keys for their participation in the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements (BAMBE) Program! The energy efficiency upgrade project the property completed through the program demonstrates The Keys’ commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project reduced common area electricity use by more than 50%. The City of Walnut Creek works hard to conserve energy and we appreciate the help from our community members in reaching our Climate Action Plan goals!

After receiving the free energy assessment provided though the BAMBE program, THE KEYS HOA decided on a scope of work that included upgrading all common area lighting, common area appliances, domestic hot water pumps and other water feature pumps. Property management could select their own contractors and products with this program, and BAMBE representatives worked with the HOA throughout the project to ensure the work was completed within a 3 month timeframe. The property received a rebate that covered more than 75% of the total project costs. For more information about the BAMBE program visit Bayareamultifamily.org.

About the program: The Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancement (BAMBE) program is available to help multifamily complexes with 5 or more attached dwelling units upgrade old or inefficient energy and water fixtures provides free consulting and a rebate of $750 per unit.

 

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Rebates for Homeowners

Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade: Rebates of $1,000-$6,500 are available to homeowners for making several energy-efficient home improvements, such as insulation, efficient air conditioners, windows, and more. Free Home Upgrade Advisors are available at to provide one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Call 866-878-6008 FREE or visit BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org to contact a Home Upgrade Advisor today. 

 

New State Rebate for Lawn Conversions

The State Department of Water Resources is now offering an additional rebate of up to $2000 ($2/square foot) for single-family residential lawns that are converted to drought tolerant landscaping. This state rebate may be used in addition to rebates offered by your local water utility, such as EBMUD or Contra Costa Water District. Learn more about the rebate, eligibility, and requirements.