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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
10:42 am
Home Energy and Water Audits
If you live in the California cities of Sunnyvale, Redwood City, Menlo Park or Palo Alto you can get a free home energy and water audit from the environmental non-profit Acterra through their Green@Home program. This includes up to 7 simple upgrades performed by volunteers as well as recommendations for additional things you can do to save energy and water (both behavior changes and renovations). I've recently been trained as a volunteer in this program and will be performing house calls. This program is hoping to expand throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties as funding becomes available.

In the city of Santa Clara, CA an energy audit is offered by Silicon Valley Power, the municipal electric utility. This includes up to 4 free upgrades as well as information about other potential upgrades and rebates you would be eligible for. I actually work for Silicon Valley Power but I do audits of commercial and industrial facilities only, no residential. But I know the people who do.

If you're a PG&E customer you can use their online energy analyzer to do your own energy audit. It's less useful than having a new set of eyes go over the place, but it can still be helpful.

If you live in Santa Clara County you can get a free water-wise house call to assess your water usage and recommend conservation steps.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission also offers water-wise consultations to their customers.

The Contra Costa Water District also offers home water audits.

These are all services I know about that are local to me. Does anyone know about similar services in other areas? Please post links and information in comments!

p.s. - I tried to add the tags "energy audits" and "water audits" to this but they don't show up. Is the community set to only allow mod-created tags? If so, can these (or some similar tags) be created?

Current Mood: informative
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
7:02 pm
Bay Area Green Homes Bus Tour
Is it okay to mention the Bay Area Green Homes Bus Tour in this LJ community?  The tour takes people to various homes and cohousing communities around the Bay Area to showcase environmentally friendly buildings.

Current Mood: curious
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