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The Rotary Club Presentation

Last month, Lorcan McSharp and a fellow Conservation Coach went to the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek meeting at Heather Farms. They were there to give a presentation about Walnut Creek Saves. Lorcan discussed what the program does and his student internship experience. According to Lorcan, this was both the most nerve racking and rewarding part of working for Walnut Creek Saves, and It’s just the kind of experience he wanted going into this internship.

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.

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.

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!

Walnut Creek Saves: A Step in the Right Direction

Walnut Creek Saves offers FREE home consultations to Walnut Creek incorporated residents! During the consultations, student Conservation Coaches will walk the residents through their free online energy-saving account, EnergyCenter, fill out a personalized survey about the house, evaluate the outdoor irrigation system, examine light fixtures, and measure the flow rates of toilets, faucets, and showers. Sign up today and see where you can save!

Energy Guide: Saving Energy Can Be A Breeze!

Many residents find their energy bills to be higher than they would like to pay every month. And sometimes you may not even be able to pinpoint the one device or habit that is costing you extra each month. As a Conservation Coach at Walnut Creek Saves, it is Anna Meehan's job is to inform residents on ways they can save water and energy around the home. Read on to learn Anna's top three energy-saving tips.