An Opportunity to Make a Difference

Written by: Angelene Younger

Job etiquette and skills that are necessary to succeed in the working world are rarely taught to students at such a young age, yet as a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves, I am opened up to new responsibilities and scenarios that will help me in my future. After nine hours of fact-filled training, I feel prepared to help as many homeowners as possible save money and the Earth’s precious resources.I have always thought of myself as a very resourceful and conscious person. There are many simple tricks that I learned from the training to help reduce one’s energy and water consumption monthly. As a Conservation Coach, I feel like I can help make a change, and I hope to push Walnut Creek further along on their journey to lowering their greenhouse gas emissions.

I look forward to raising awareness about Walnut Creek Saves during community outreach events. Raising awareness will help Walnut Creek residents take advantage of our free program. During the home consultations, Conservation Coaches will use past energy and water data and information about a resident’s habits and appliances to fill out a personalized report on their home. The coaches will examine the resident’s light fixtures, faucets, toilets, showers, washing machines, and other appliances that use energy or water to evaluate their efficiency. At the end the home consultations, the residents will receive the top three tips for saving monthly on their water and energy bills right away.

For my first community outreach shift, I worked at a booth outside of the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. I love working with kids and I love to inform people on how they can make simple, everyday changes to help themselves and the earth. At the booth, we had a colorful wheel that anyone could spin to answer an energy and water trivia question to win candy. This helped us spread the word of our program to families while informing eager-to-learn kids. Even if the people we spoke to did not sign up for a home consultation, they left with more information to help their city reach its conservation goals. I loved speaking to residents that I could potentially be working with in the future and helping the kids become interested in the conservation of water and energy as well. Being a Conservation Coach is something I feel honored to do and I am looking forward to all of our future events!

If you would like to contact Walnut Creek Saves, you can visit our website at walnutcreeksaves.org, email us at walnutcreek@wattzon.com, or even give us a call at 1-800-314-5997.


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