14 results for month: 09/2017


Investing Little, Conserving Big

In Michelle Lee's junior year, the College and Career Counselor at her high school told her about an internship with a program called Walnut Creek Saves. Her first thought was “what are they saving?” After school, she went onto the Walnut Creek Saves website, learned about the program, and was intrigued ever since. Now that Michelle is a Conservation Coach, read on to learn about how she is involved in her community spreading awareness about energy and water conservation!

Energy Guide: Tips to Save Money and the Earth

It’s no secret that when it comes to energy use in homes, people use a lot! Running the AC when it gets hot, heating the home when it gets too cold, drying loads of clothes, turning on lights, heating up water for a shower, using electronics, and much more contribute to both a householder’s monthly bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Aside from obvious habit changes, Natalie Ahearn will tell you how to save energy in your home.

Walnut Creek Saves: Our Plan to Make a Difference

Walnut Creek Saves is dedicated to helping residents lower their utility usage in order to save money and reduce our impact on the environment. The City of Walnut Creek created a Climate Action plan that aims to reduce our carbon output by 2020, and every consultation we complete is pushing our city towards its goals. We have already completed over 120 free consultations and met hundreds of community members that are interested in how they can save!

Event Recap: Walnut Festival

Recently, Walnut Creek Saves had the opportunity to attend the much anticipated Walnut Festival! The Walnut Festival is an annual tradition in Walnut Creek and Walnut Creek Saves was fortunate enough to spend three days immersed in the fun and excitement!

Energy Guide: Five Myths About Solar Energy Debunked

In America, there are many people on the fence when it comes to buying solar for their home, and various myths and misconceptions are holding them back. In this article, Lorcan McSharp will discuss the five most common myths and do his best to debunk them.

One for the Books

Anna Meehan has been a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves since February of this year. In her short time involved with the program, she has become much more environmentally aware, resourceful, and interested in community involvement. Walnut Creek Saves has opened her eyes to simple ways students can help the environment and reduce carbon emissions. Read on to find out what the most memorable outreach event Anna has worked!

My Part in a Huge Mission

Clarissa Drouillard's first thought when she was accepted as a Conservation Coach with Walnut Creek Saves was, "Wait, what really is Walnut Creek Saves?" It didn’t take her long to figure out that Walnut Creek Saves is one of the latest steps Walnut Creek is taking towards becoming energy-efficient and environmentally responsible. Clarissa's involvement as a Conservation Coach has turned into a highlight of her year. Read on to find out why!

Walnut Creek Saves: Reducing Usage and Reaching Goals

Walnut Creek Saves is a fully grant funded City-program that was created after a plan of action to combat climate change was formed for Walnut Creek. The goal is to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 2005 levels by 2020. This program directly targets residents as they account for about 18% of greenhouse gas emissions in the city. Read on and Kate Tovey will teach you all about how we reach our goals.

Energy Guide: Spin, Load, and Save

Today Gautam Sajja will be exploring the world of energy and water savings with the clothes washing machine and dryer. We all need to wash our clothes and get them dry after. There are many ways to do this while conserving energy, so let’s start with the basics.

Energy Guide: How Solar Will Save the World

There are many reasons why solar energy would benefit your life today. So many people are put off by solar energy because it simply “costs too much”. Solar energy may seem like a big investment in the beginning, but once you start to see the astonishing effects that solar energy can have on your life and the environment I’m sure you would be compelled to invest in the technology. Continue reading if you would like to learn more about how solar energy can benefit your life and the environment!