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Save Energy and Money with Walnut Creek Saves

Post Date:01/23/2018

There is still time to take advantage of the “Walnut Creek Saves” program, which can help you find simple steps to take that will save energy, water and money.  The Walnut Creek City Council voted to extend the program, which offers free home consultations to both homeowners and renters. 

Walnut Creek Saves is a City-sponsored program for incorporated Walnut Creek residents. Participants receive a personalized report, get connected to rebates, receive free efficiency products like LED bulbs, and gain access to the online EnergyCenter to help with savings goals. In 2017, the program completed 145 home consultations, created average monthly energy savings of 7.25 percent for residents, and saved 50,809 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

“We’re excited to offer Walnut Creek Saves to residents as part of the City’s efforts to address climate change,” said Cara Bautista-Rao, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Walnut Creek. “Residential energy use is the second largest source of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, making energy efficiency an important strategy for meeting our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2020.”

The program hires and trains local high school youth as Conservation Coaches. Under the guidance of an experienced energy consultant, these students receive hands-on experience assisting with in-home energy and water consultations, developing marketing and public speaking skills, and creating innovative community outreach strategies.   

The program was initially funded through a combination of the federal government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds and the City’s one-time funds from the sale of property. Originally scheduled to end after a year, the program was extended in December through approximately May using budget savings, and is available to residents on a first come, first served basis.

To sign up, incorporated Walnut Creek residents can call 1-800-314-5997 or visit walnutcreeksaves.org. The City contracts with WattzOn to administer the Walnut Creek Saves program. Learn more about all the energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy programs available in Walnut Creek at www.walnut-creek.org/goinggreen.


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