Our Program is Nearing its End

The sixteen month long Walnut Creek Saves program has one month to go. Andre Medeiros is proud of what we have all accomplished in a little over a year. We reached the City’s goals of consultations completed throughout the year and our goal of better educating the public about conserving energy and water.

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Water Guide: The Importance of Leak Detection

Water leaks in pipes and fixtures often go undetected for months because they are undetectable by sight alone—especially if underground or within walls. But new technology allows leaks to be identified using another method: acoustic leak-detection noise loggers. On average, 10% of homes have water leaks that can account for up to 10% of their water bill. If we can eliminate the water wasted by household leaks alone, we can save one trillion gallons of water each year!

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Savings for the Students

Recently, Walnut Creek Saves had the opportunity to go to Foothill Middle School’s after school program, The Creek, to talk to students about ways they can save energy and water and how to help the environment. Anna Meehan worked with a couple other Conservation Coaches to prepare a presentation with slides, games, and other activities to present to the students.

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Helping the Earth, One Light Bulb at a Time

Working as a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves has been an educational opportunity like no other for Natalie Ahearn. She has always been a conscientious person when it comes to water and energy, but in the past few years she has become increasingly more exposed to the truths of climate change and how humans have negatively impacted the planet, especially in recent decades.

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An Impressive Audience

In the past, Conservation Coaches present informational facts on the environment and many ways on how to conserve energy and water. The audience, ranges from young children to adults; each and every one showing an interest in what was being said. Anisah Rodgers has only presented to younger children, however, they surprised her. Read on to learn more about Anisah's experience presenting to The Creek Youth Center!

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Water Guide: Sunscreen for Coral Reefs

We’ve all heard of the coral reefs in recent years. The Great Barrier Reefs have been under extreme stress recently due to the negative effects of climate change like warmer waters and more acidic oceans. Recently, large portions of the Reefs have been wiped out, bleached to the point where no large lifeforms exist anymore. Michelle Lee has researched about one solution that can help save the Reefs. Read on the learn more!

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Energy Guide: Australia’s Steps Toward Sustainable Wind Power

Often while conducting outreach for Walnut Creek Saves, we are asked about energy and water conservation outside of the Walnut Creek area. Climate change and its impact is a big topic not only within the Walnut Creek Saves work-sphere, but for everyone in daily, work, and school life, too. So it’s always best for us to stay updated on all things energy and water, to do the best thing for ourselves, and the future of the planet. Lorcan McSharp's deep dive this week is related to Australia’s growing wind and energy storage industry.

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Water Guide: How to Have a Sustainable Landscape in California

As of 2014, California was considered in a state of extreme drought. Luckily, most of California is out of severe drought conditions with the exception of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Although California is not in a D3 extreme drought conditions, saving as much water as possible is still a smart idea. There are several ways as to why a sustainable garden would positively impact the environment, but the most compelling would be the amount of water that will be saved, utilizing surroundings to compost, and using native plants to create a picturesque landscape.

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Energy Guide: Are Hair Dryers Drying Up Your Savings?

Whether you have luscious locks of hair or a few precious strands, we have all at one point or another used a hair dryer. They are simple enough machines that heat our hair causing evaporation of the water. But have you ever taken into consideration the amount of money that that heat is costing you? For those of you who use a hair dryer every day, now may be a good time to look at how much energy you are using versus how much energy you need!

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Water Guide: Garbage in the Ocean

Not only does Walnut Creek Saves promote water and energy savings in your homes, but we spread awareness about water and energy saving measures used around the world. We help residents learn about fossil fuels, recycling, and pollution. In today’s day and age, Americans create, on average, four and a half pounds of garbage each day. Recycling and waste management companies rid our homes of this waste, but for all garbage that doesn’t end up in landfills, they end up as litter on roads and in the ocean.

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