85 results for tag: City of Walnut Creek


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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

Energy Guide: Electric Cars

Cars are vehicles that let us go from place to place in an efficient manner. The technology for switching from a gas to electric car is already here, and you need to know which one is right for you! In today’s day and age, electric cars (also known as EVs) come in many shapes and sizes, with different brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Chevrolet, BMW, Kia, the infamous Tesla, as well as many more!

Walnut Creek Saves is Getting it’s Interns Ready for the Workforce

One of the goals for Walnut Creek Saves is providing high schoolers with work experience that will help them as they move into the workforce. The job teaches students skills, meeting etiquette, blog/article writing, and sales tactics (even though we aren’t technically selling anything - our consultations are free!). Read more about what Lorcan McSharp is learning from his time as a Conservation Coach with Walnut Creek Saves.