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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:
- New Drought Restrictions: Governor Brown has ordered a 25% reduction statewide in water use in response to the ongoing, severe drought. To learn more about the new restrictions, visit EBMUD and CCWD's websites. In Walnut Creek, outdoor water use by single-family homes is the greatest opportunity for water reductions. EBMUD and CCWD have rebates available to convert lawns to more drought tolerant plants.
- The California HERO Program launched March 24 and is available to residential and commercial property owners. PACE is a newer form of financing that allows property owners to finance energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, and electric vehicle infrastructure upgrades to their property by repaying the cost of the improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. You may be required to pay off the assessment before selling or refinancing your home, so check whether PACE is right for you since there are many financing options available to property owners. See Financing for additional financing options and PACE programs.
- Sign up for a free 2015 summer "Green House Call:" The California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program will provide energy and water conservation assessments and services at no cost to residents this summer. CYES is run by the non-profit Rising Sun Energy Center, which has partnered with the City of Walnut Creek, PG&E, EBMUD, and Contra Costa Water District to bring this program to residents. CYES trains and employs local youth to become ‘Energy Specialists’ who serve their local communities with “Green House Calls.” At each “Green House Call,” Energy Specialists install energy- and water-saving devices and provide personalized recommendations and education for further savings in the home – all at no cost to residents. Devices include energy efficient light bulbs, high efficiency shower heads, kitchen and bathroom sink aerators, pipe wrap insulation for the water heater, E-waste pick up and more. Renters and homeowners can sign up today for a free “Green House Call” this June-August by calling (510) 665-1501 ext. 5 or signing up online at http://www.risingsunenergy.org/.
- 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.
Contact us with questions or to ask to be added to our e-newsletter with monthly updates on green initiatives:
City of Walnut Creek
(925) 943-5899 x 2216