ENERGY & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
ONE: SIGN UP FOR 100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY!
Using 100% renewable energy from wind and solar reduces the demand for power produced from fossil fuels.
Get your utility bill, and connect with your energy provider on a link below to find a 100% renewable electricity program that's right for your business and home:
(Marin, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano)
(San Mateo County)
TWO: UPGRADE YOUR LIGHTING
LED light bulbs use about 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 years. They are cool to the touch, unlike CFLs and incandescent bulbs that emit heat in all directions. Replace your old lightbulbs when burn out with LEDs.
There are several LED brightness and color/appearance options available that mimic the older and less efficient bulbs but use a fraction of the energy. Take the mystery out of which kind to get for your lighting needs:
THREE: GET AN ENERGY AUDIT
FOR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
Using less energy to begin with is always a good idea - and it certainly saves money on your energy bill.
Renters and homeowners can request no-cost Green House calls from Rising Sun Center for Opportunity. The visit can include switching out your existing incandescent lamps for no-cost LEDs. Visit their website or call (510) 665-1501 ext. 5 to schedule an appointment.
Call a Home Energy Advisor at (866) 878-6008 and get a Home Energy Score. You'll learn how efficient your home is compared to similar homes. Each score also comes with a customized recommendation with information on measures that should be taken to improve overall efficiency.
Businesses can request no-cost, no-obligation energy assessments, as well as take advantage of available no-cost technical assistance and cash rebates by contacting BayREN.