11 results for month: 11/2017


The Rotary Club Presentation

Last month, Lorcan McSharp and a fellow Conservation Coach went to the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek meeting at Heather Farms. They were there to give a presentation about Walnut Creek Saves. Lorcan discussed what the program does and his student internship experience. According to Lorcan, this was both the most nerve racking and rewarding part of working for Walnut Creek Saves, and It’s just the kind of experience he wanted going into this internship.

Walnut Creek Saves…What Exactly is it?

Talking to residents and members of the community about the Walnut Creek Saves program is an easy and fun way to get the word out and sign people up for consultations. However, with the limited amount of time we have to explain everything, some of it gets lost. In this article, Natalie Ahearn will explain some of those points that don’t get fully explained at our booths.

Energy Guide: Introducing the Tesla Semi-Truck

Did you know that heavy duty vehicles make up just 7 percent of vehicles on US roads, yet account for 20 percent of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions? Anthony Belavitch has prepared an article to introduce you to Tesla's new all-electric semi-truck. Manufacturing a electric semi-truck seems like a tough task, however, it is to help the world by putting more electric cars on the road.  

What is it like to be a Conservation Coach?

Natalie Ahearn's experience as a Walnut Creek Saves Conservation Coach has taught her communication skills and several different ways to save water and energy around her home. Talking to strangers during outreach events can be daunting, but learning to engage people in conversation and teaching individuals about our program in a short amount of time has helped her learn how to communicate more effectively. Read on to learn more about Natalie's experience as a Conservation Coach.

Water Guide: Changing the Flow

Here in sunny California, residents are encouraged to conserve water by taking shorter showers or limiting outdoor irrigation. But many are unaware that one of the best ways to conserve water is installing a water-efficient showerheads in bathrooms. Many people shower once a day, which has caused showers to be one of the leading consumers of water in a household. Learn about upgrading to water-efficient showerheads in this guide prepared by Clarissa Drouillard.

Energy Guide: A No-Waste Lifestyle

Many people pride themselves with the fact that they recycle, don’t use plastic bottles, and always ask for paper bags. While these accomplishments are small, in the grand scheme of things they make a big difference. But some have gone above and beyond what most people consider to be environmentally friendly. These people live a zero waste lifestyle. Let Lola Bamberger teach you more about a no-waste lifestyle.

Energy Guide: Lights Please!

We all use lights and have light bulbs, whether they are in the kitchen, bathroom, or living room. However, one thing we don’t all have is energy-efficient light bulbs. While many of us think that merely turning off the lights when we leave the room is sufficient, that is simply not true. There are many types of light bulbs differing in size, shape, color and efficiency. The most well-known light bulbs are incandescent, CFL, and LED bulbs. Learn more about these bulbs in the following guide.

What is Walnut Creek Saves?

Walnut Creek Saves is a program that helps homeowners and renters lower their energy and water bills. Walnut Creek Saves is a City-sponsored, residential efficiency program. Our goals are to help residents save energy, water, and money, as well as boost the local economy. Walnut Creek Saves also employs local high school students, like Omar Zaifulizan, and trains us to become Conservation Coaches to help residents during free home consultations and conduct outreach around Walnut Creek!

No Tricks, Just Treats

Since joining the Walnut Creek Saves team, Anna Meehan has participated in numerous outreach events with the purpose of acquiring sign ups and talking to residents about our goal as a program. In addition to receiving sign-ups, from these events she has gotten so much more: she has strengthened her communication and marketing skills and, as a bonus, she’s made memories of a lifetime! Read more to learn more about Anna's experience.

The New Intern

For Omar Zaifulizan, being a Conversation Coach has been a great experience! He gets to talk to a variety of people who happen to be in town or Walnut Creek residents themselves, and has been to many events! As a Conversation Coach, he has only touched the surface of his duties, and he is very excited to go to more events as well as assisting with a home consultation!