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Local Resources to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency

Posted by movenden on March 10, 2011

Could you use help acting on your intention to improve your household’s energy efficiency? Come find out about three local resources that offer concrete ways to accomplish this goal:

Now’s the Time! Local Resources to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency

Tuesday March 29 at 7 p.m.
Piedmont Veterans Hall – 401 Highland Avenue
Co-sponsored by City of Piedmont , Piedmont CONNECT, and League of Women Voters of Piedmont

Featuring …

  • Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County (EnergyUpgradeCA.org): This new program, dedicated to helping homeowners save energy, is a “one stop shop” for making home improvements included in either a “basic” or “advanced” upgrade package designed to increase your home’s energy and water efficiency. Homeowners participating in the program are eligible to take advantage of rebates and incentives worth up to $4,000 being offered by PG&E and the City of Piedmont on a first-come-first-served basis (until December 2011). Presented by Judi Ettlinger of StopWaste and Kevin Jackson of the City of Piedmont ’s Planning Dept.

Plus short presentations from …

  • Piedmont CONNECT’s Electricity Monitoring Project: A group of Piedmont volunteers is helping other Piedmonters install TED (The Energy Detective) meters, giving them access on their home computer networks to real-time data on their electricity usage. Participants are anonymously sharing their data for a study of how information gained from monitoring electrical usage leads to usage reductions. Since January, 14 homes have had meters installed. Hear about how you can join this project aimed not only at helping households save electricity and money, but also at collectively making a difference in lowering our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • California Youth Energy Services: If you are interested in a simple energy audit and help switching out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs), or installing water-saving faucets or retractable clotheslines, CYES is the group for you. Funded by local utilities, CYES hires teenagers from urban neighborhoods, trains them in people skills and energy efficiency practices, and sends them out in pairs to homes which have requested a visit. The goal is to reduce household gas, electricity and water use while training the next generation of environmental leaders.

For more information about the event, contact Kevin Jackson at kjackson@ci.piedmont.ca.us (City of Piedmont ) or Margaret Ovenden movenden@sbcglobal.net (Piedmont CONNECT, a community group that supports local efforts toward environmental sustainability in Piedmont )

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