10 results for month: 01/2018


New Year, New Us

On January 24th, the Walnut Creek Saves team met at the Walnut Creek Library to discuss their goals for the program in 2018. The coming of a new year brings along excitement and motivation for change. Many people have New Year’s resolutions and Walnut Creek Saves sure has some big ones. Read on to learn more about our new goals!

Energy Guide: Bundle Up to Save Big

As winter comes to a slow and bitter end you may notice higher energy bills than in the summer. With the weather still lurking in the 50’s and 60’s, you may be tempted to use more energy in the home than normal. However, if you follow these simple tips from Anna Meehan, a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves, then you can save energy, and drastically reduce your monthly energy bills!

Water Guide: California’s H2O Action Plan

Recently, the future of the California delta has been a major controversial debate. California Water Fix is an $18 billion to $26 billion dollar proposal to build two large underground tunnels that would carry water under the delta from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers to Southern California. Water is California’s number one resource. The future of our state’s success relies on actions to promote conservation and sustainability.

Working with the Team

Anthony Belavitch really enjoys working as a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves. A few months ago new students joined the program and he is getting to know them because they are part of the team now. There are several more reasons why Anthony loves his job. Read on to learn what he likes the most about being a Conservation Coach.

A Satisfying New Experience

The first home consultation that Clarissa Drouillard attended finally made her realize the full scope of the work that Walnut Creek Saves does to lessen our impact on the environment. By the end of the experience, she felt more confident in both her own abilities, and the educational message that our program spreads to residents of the city.

Along For the Ride

With the new year here and our new extension to continue our operations, your help is needed to keep our New Year's resolutions alive! Our hard work and effort pays off when you schedule a hassle-free in-home energy and water consultation. Our resources are limited, so maybe it is time for a habit change or two. Sometimes we need a simple reminder of what we can lose.

Water Guide: A Small Part in the Big Picture

This winter, California has been in a dry spell. Very little rainfall has fallen and snow levels in the Sierras and other areas are extremely low for this time of year. Water is valuable. Whether this means switching to a drought-tolerant yard or collecting grey water, every little bit helps. Walnut Creek Saves is doing its part to encourage that little bit – by informing residents of their water usage and teaching them ways to improve, our program is helping California stay drought-free in small ways.

New Year, Same Walnut Creek Saves

It’s 2018 and Walnut Creek Saves is coming into a new year. We must continue to save as much energy and water as we individually can, taking the responsibility on all of our shoulders to better achieve our goals and to lessen the burden on others. Walnut Creek Saves is bringing awareness to the people of Walnut Creek, and orienting them towards our best future!

Energy Guide: Defeating Phantom Energy

Hidden behind many names: phantom energy, vampire load, standby load, etc., conserving this sneaky energy consumer can be fairly simple. Phantom energy consists of devices that are not in use, but are still consuming energy because they are plugged in. For instance, pencil sharpener has a little light on to alert the owner that it is in standby mode and is ready to be used. To learn how to conserve this phantom energy, read this guide prepared by Angelene Younger, one of our student Conservation Coaches.

The Most Wonderful Time for Walnut Creek Saves

As the holiday season comes to a close, Anna Meehan wanted to reflect on our successes from the numerous holiday-themed events Walnut Creek Saves attended. In the community, Walnut Creek Saves works to reduce the water and energy consumption of residents to ultimately help them save money on their bills each month. Read all about the holiday events Anna and her fellow Conservation Coaches attended this holiday season!