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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.
Though the Bay Area has technically been drought free since April of 2017, California has constantly been looking for new ways to improve water availability. Seeing the success of the Carlsbad desalination plant in San Diego, which has provided about 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily for over 400,000 people in the county, California has finally received funds to construct eight new plants throughout the state, including in the Bay Area.
This winter, California has been in a dry spell. Very little rainfall has fallen and snow levels in the Sierras and other areas are extremely low for this time of year. Water is valuable. Whether this means switching to a drought-tolerant yard or collecting grey water, every little bit helps. Walnut Creek Saves is doing its part to encourage that little bit – by informing residents of their water usage and teaching them ways to improve, our program is helping California stay drought-free in small ways.
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.
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.
It’s no secret that when it comes to energy use in homes, people use a lot! Running the AC when it gets hot, heating the home when it gets too cold, drying loads of clothes, turning on lights, heating up water for a shower, using electronics, and much more contribute to both a householder’s monthly bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Aside from obvious habit changes, Natalie Ahearn will tell you how to save energy in your home.