Coping with the Crunch: Utility and Water Savings
Huntington Beach Uncovers Utility Savings
As part of its efforts to identify potential cost savings, the City of
These new projects, called Phase 1 Projects, include new software, upgrades on air conditioning and a top to bottom building tune-up, also known as commissioning. The cost to the city is approximately $130,000, and the projects will create a recurring annual savings of $330,000 — a return on investment of more than 250 percent every year. The efforts of the energy project manager will save the City of
Contact: Aaron Klemm, energy project manager, City of
; phone: (714) 536-5537; e-mail: email@example.com. Huntington Beach
San Mateo County Energy Watch Offers Wide Range of Programs
Over its three-year program cycle from 2009–11, SMC Energy Watch aims to save 9.5 million kilowatt-hours, 1,000 kilowatts of peak demand and 22,000 therms of natural gas. The program has a budget of $3.5 million to fund staffing, outreach, energy-efficiency retrofits, rebates and incentives. SMC Energy Watch is funded by the public goods charge that ratepayers pay on their utility bills; the California Public Utilities Commission collects and administers this funding.
SMC Energy Watch provides energy-efficiency services for facilities of public agencies and nonprofits, including com-prehensive energy audits, rebates and incentives, and other retrofit and retro-commissioning projects. SMC Energy Watch also offers energy-efficiency services for small and medium-sized businesses. Later in 2009, services for low-income residents will include free weatherization measures, such as installing attic insulation and energy-efficient furnaces.
The project will also deliver energy-efficiency training to
The SMC Energy Watch website is currently under construction and expected to launch in late summer 2009 (at www.smcenergywatch.com).
Contact: Alexis Petru, County of San Mateo energy officer; phone: (650) 599-1403; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riverside Offers Municipal Utility Customers Tools and Rebates for Water Conservation
“It’s all about our customers,” said Kevin Milligan, RPU assistant general manager for water. “We want them to know how to save this precious resource. It benefits everyone.”
• Switch out standard sprinkler heads with water-saving rotating sprinkler heads;
• Convert existing turf areas to water-wise landscaping; or
• Replace existing grass with artificial turf.
Comprehensive information about RPU water programs, pipeline retrofits, major projects and annual water quality reporting are posted online at www.BlueRiverside.com.
Contact: Austin Carter, public information officer, Riverside Public Utilities; phone: (951) 826-2139; e-mail: email@example.com.
Redwood City Helps Large Landscape-Irrigation Customers Conserve
A key component of the program is an automatic metering infrastructure for all landscape irrigation accounts, which allows data on water use to be available to the city on an hourly basis. The city monitors this information to identify leaks and notify customers. These large landscape water customers can also access their own water use budget and hourly water use data online to compare current water use to budget at any point in the billing period.
Contact: Justin Ezell, Public Workds Services; phone: (650) 780-7474; or visit www.redwoodcity.org/conservation.