If you are you a high school student in Walnut Creek interested in energy and water conservation and environmental awareness, become a Conservation Coach for your community. As a Conservation Coach with Walnut Creek Saves, you will help spread the word about the program, encourage residents to save energy and water, and assist with the home consultations. Conservation Coaches work under the supervision of an experienced home consultant from WattzOn.

During their training Conservation Coaches will learn how energy and water is used in the home and how to identify savings opportunities. Conservation Coaches also learn how to quantify potential savings for individual residents. EnergyCenter training is also provided. The training session may include a mock home consultation.

Conservation Coaches will participate in a variety of community outreach efforts to connect with Walnut Creek residents and promote program participation. Community outreach opportunities may include: attending community events, speaking at community group meetings, conducting door-to-door outreach in Walnut Creek neighborhoods, and creating engaging messages to residents. Conservation Coaches will write blog posts and energy and water guides to further public education.

Conservation Coaches will assist with the home consultations, always under the supervision of WattzOn’s home consultant. During the home visit, all the program elements come together: quantified home energy and water use, personalized recommendations for savings, and leading residents to an clear understanding of what they can do next.

See what these Conservation Coaches had to say about their experience in another California city:

“I am extremely grateful to be able to call this internship my first job. The Benicia Home Efficiency Program has taught me so much professionalism, and just overall work ethic.

I enjoy being involved with the community and knowing that I’m making a difference in my town while helping inform others. Plus it’s a real bonus knowing how much residents appreciate our service to the community!”

-K., high school junior

“As student interns, our job is to table at events, go door to door, and assist with in-home consultations. We give residents tips, help on water and energy conservation and a full report of their usage.

Personally, I’ve become more environmentally conscious, and built up my communication skills talking to residents. I know now how I can help save energy in my own home. But as interns we still have work to do, helping our city’s residents.”

– N., high school junior