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Walnut Creek Saves…What Exactly is it?

Talking to residents and members of the community about the Walnut Creek Saves program is an easy and fun way to get the word out and sign people up for consultations. However, with the limited amount of time we have to explain everything, some of it gets lost. In this article, Natalie Ahearn will explain some of those points that don’t get fully explained at our booths.

What is it like to be a Conservation Coach?

Natalie Ahearn's experience as a Walnut Creek Saves Conservation Coach has taught her communication skills and several different ways to save water and energy around her home. Talking to strangers during outreach events can be daunting, but learning to engage people in conversation and teaching individuals about our program in a short amount of time has helped her learn how to communicate more effectively. Read on to learn more about Natalie's experience as a Conservation Coach.

Water Guide: Changing the Flow

Here in sunny California, residents are encouraged to conserve water by taking shorter showers or limiting outdoor irrigation. But many are unaware that one of the best ways to conserve water is installing a water-efficient showerheads in bathrooms. Many people shower once a day, which has caused showers to be one of the leading consumers of water in a household. Learn about upgrading to water-efficient showerheads in this guide prepared by Clarissa Drouillard.

What is Walnut Creek Saves?

Walnut Creek Saves is a program that helps homeowners and renters lower their energy and water bills. Walnut Creek Saves is a City-sponsored, residential efficiency program. Our goals are to help residents save energy, water, and money, as well as boost the local economy. Walnut Creek Saves also employs local high school students, like Omar Zaifulizan, and trains us to become Conservation Coaches to help residents during free home consultations and conduct outreach around Walnut Creek!

No Tricks, Just Treats

Since joining the Walnut Creek Saves team, Anna Meehan has participated in numerous outreach events with the purpose of acquiring sign ups and talking to residents about our goal as a program. In addition to receiving sign-ups, from these events she has gotten so much more: she has strengthened her communication and marketing skills and, as a bonus, she’s made memories of a lifetime! Read more to learn more about Anna's experience.

The New Intern

For Omar Zaifulizan, being a Conversation Coach has been a great experience! He gets to talk to a variety of people who happen to be in town or Walnut Creek residents themselves, and has been to many events! As a Conversation Coach, he has only touched the surface of his duties, and he is very excited to go to more events as well as assisting with a home consultation!

Learning on the Job

Anthony Belavitch has really enjoyed being a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves and seeing other people appreciate the work that we do. It is really rewarding when people say that they went through with the consultation and are now saving more money on their water and electricity bills. Hearing this makes him feel like what we are doing is really helping. It is amazing to give back to the community and help save the environment.

Energy Guide: The Best PG&E Rebate Deals!

For this energy guide we will be looking at some of the new rebate deals that PG&E has to offer. They have some pretty decent steals, so make use of this article to get your new appliances for a massively reduced price. With these rebates, Gautam Sajja has included a requirements list of the regulations you must abide by in order to receive the rebate, as well as an exclusions list. Check it out now!

How WCS Changed Me

Andre Medeiros has been a Conservation Coach with Walnut Creek Saves since the program started in February, 2017. Not only has he learned how to market an idea to the public and sell a service through persuasion, but he has learned to be much more energy and water conscientious. He also learned about the energy and water usage around us and how wasteful of a society we can be at times. Read more to learn more about Andre's experience.

An Unexpected Surprise

Over the past month, Tiffany Zhao started working as a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves. As someone who was interested in helping the environment, this was an extremely valuable internship for her. This internship offers a unique experience for high school students that could not be topped by any other. Read more to learn about Tiffany's experience so far!