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| Going Green Together|
Walnut Creek has a strong commitment to creating a sustainable community. Local governments play an important role in protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change. By acting together, the City of Walnut Creek, residents, and local businesses can preserve our environment for future generations and benefit from an enhanced quality of life. This website connects you with rebates, tips, and resources to go green!
Events, News, & Announcements:
- CaliforniaFIRST PACE program launches on 11/18/14: CaliforniaFIRST is an innovative form of financing that allows homeowners and commercial property owners to receive upfront funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency improvements for their home or business -- and to repay on their property tax bill over the course of up to 20 years. Two more PACE programs will launch in Walnut Creek in early 2015. Some residential lenders may require you to repay the cost of the assessment before selling or refinancing your home, so be sure to explore all your financing options to ensure a PACE program works best for you. The City of Walnut Creek does not run or administer PACE programs, so contact the program directly for more information. Learn more about CaliforniaFIRST.
- Energy Efficiency for Businesses. The Business Energy Services Team (BEST) Program helps small businesses in Contra Costa County reduce energy use and costs by offering free energy assessments and incentives for energy efficient lighting, refrigeration, and more. The BEST Program will make project recommendations, estimate costs, and connect businesses with pre-qualified contractors. On average, incentives cover 50% of the project’s costs. The program is offered by PG&E, the East Bay Energy Watch, and KEMA Services, Inc. Contact the BEST Program at 800-576-6405 or email KEMA. Visit californiabestprogram.com.
- Energy Efficiency Rebates for Homeowners. Learn how to save energy and money through Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade, which has rebates of $1000-$6500 for homeowners to do energy efficiency home upgrades. On October 2, the City held a very well attended workshop for homeowners on the rebate program. If you missed the workshop and are interested in learning more, contact a free, neutral Home Upgrade Advisor to walk you through the program, available rebates, and answer your questions at 866-878-6008.This program is administered by a collaboration of Bay Area local governments and funded by ratepayers.
- Plastic Bag Ordinance. As of September 18, 2014, all retailers cannot distribute single-use plastic checkout bags and must charge a minimum of ten cents for a paper bag, made of post-consumer recycled materials. To avoid the bag fee, shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags. Learn more about the plastic bag ordinance here.