What It Means to be a Conservation Coach

As a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves Ariana Montalvo has learned many skills to help guide her through life. She has learned these skills through many outreach opportunities and in-home consultations. At every new outreach event that Walnut Creek Saves attends she learns how to have a professional conversation with strangers, marketing skills, and I am able to educate Walnut Creek residents on how to better conserve water and energy. 

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Energy Guide: Biogas – A Renewable Source for the Future

Natural gas is one of the top sources of energy used in heating, cooking, and electricity generation. But almost all of our supply is harvested from pockets formed deep underground, making it a non-renewable resource that will eventually run out. In searching for replacements to fossil fuels, biogas digesters have emerged as a way to turn waste into power, heat, and fertilizer. To learn more, read the guide Clarissa Drouillard prepared about biogas digesters.

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Energy Guide: What is Sucking Up Your Savings?

Vacuums! They help clean our carpets, our cars, and anywhere there might be dust or dirt. Welcome to a new installment of Energy Guides where we try to help break down crucial components of common household appliances. My name is Gautam Sajja, and this Energy Guide is all about vacuums.

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Make a Change

As January turned into February, to Anisah's surprise, the weather wasn’t similar to the frigid air she expected to face. The sun beat down and the warmth of the air could pass as spring. Everybody around her had noticed the sudden change in weather and all of them agreed global warming is to blame. Luckily, Walnut Creek Saves works to help residents save energy and water within their homes, therefore, reducing greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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