Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 7, Number 5

May / June 2011

In This Issue...
Calling Volunteers!
Summer Discount Plan
Carbon Monoxide
Energy Upgrade CA
West Basin Smart Expo
Trash Invastion
Guaranteed Ride Home
City of Torrance
May Events/Workshops
June Events/Workshops

Calling Volunteers!
There has never been a better time to help out and be recognized.

Email Martha, call 310.371.7222, or complete our volunteer application and submit by email or fax.

You make the difference!

 Visit Our Cities

El Segundo
Hermosa Beach
Manhattan Beach
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

SCE Customers in San Pedro & Harbor City

County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay




2011 Rebate Info
The Gas Company

Southern California Edison West Basin Municipal Water District

Energy Upgrade California





En Espaņol
The Gas Company
Southern California Edison Sanitation Districts of LA County
County of Los Angeles 



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Program Manager's Message

Energy Upgrade California has arrived!  Homeowners can now take advantage of rebates and incentives from SCE, SCG and Los Angeles County.  Be sure you meet the participating Energy Upgrade Contractors at the West Basin Water & Energy SMART EXPO on Saturday,  May 21st in El Segundo at the Energy Upgrade California booth.  SBESC will be hosting several events over the next few months where homeowners can mix and mingle with these knowledgeable contractors to ask questions about the program.  Rebates are currently up to $4,500; for more information see the Energy Upgrade California article below.   

- Marilyn Lyon,
Program Manager

[email protected]

Southern California EdisonSCE

Summer Discount Program


If you have a central air conditioner and would like to save up to $200 this summer, sign up for SCE's Summer Discount Plan.   Their summer season starts June 1 and goes through October 1.


At no expense to you, SCE will install a remotely controlled device on the unit, and during periods of high peak usage they will turn off the compressor for brief periods using a radio signal.   In exchange, you will receive credits on your bill - the amount  is determined by which plan you sign up for, Basic or Enhanced.

Click here for a .pdf of Summer Discount Program details. 




The Gas CompanyThe Gas Company

One More Reason


Here's one more reason to participate in the Energy Upgrade CA:  A combustion test on all vented gas appliances is done before and after the Basic Program by a qualified contractor. 


The test is done to make sure poisonous fumes and gasses, such as Carbon Monoxide, are not being back-drafted into your home, endangering your family.  This ensures your safety, and gives you peace of mind!


To select a contractor and begin the process, visit this website: 




Energy Upgrade Logo
Energy Upgrade California


The South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) invites homeowners to meet participating Energy Upgrade California (EUC) contractors at our Energy Upgrade California booth at the following FREE event:


West Basin Municipal Water District
Water & Energy Smart Expo

Saturday, May 21, 2011

9:00am - 12:00pm

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

1935 S. Hughes Way, El Segundo 90245

More Information About Free Energy Upgrade Event


In Addition:

South Bay Workforce Investment Board Seeks Home Repair/Remodeling Contractors to Hire Workers Trained in Energy Efficiency and Green Construction

Press Release of April 12, 2011




West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict
Water & Energy SMART EXPO
May 21, 2011  9:00am - 12:00pm
* Free Admission - Free hands on workshops and demonstrations
* SCE Mobile Energy Unit - Find information on the new Energy Upgrade California Program.
* Meet with participating Energy Upgrade contractors who will answer your questions about the program.
* Free Mulch - You can also purchase native plants for your garden.


Join West Basin Municipal Water District and its project partners Southern California Edison, Water Replenishment District, Cal Water Service Co., Golden State Water Co., G3LA, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and SBESC in an educational experience that will help reduce your water and energy use at home and at work.

Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Summer vacation is almost upon us!  If your child is glued to his computer every day, send them to the Sanitation Districts' games collection website and they can play such classics as Conveyor Craziness, Trash Invasion, and Trash Trivia 1 and 2.   It's FUN and they will learn about our environment at the same time. 

Click here for fun Sanitation Districts games. 



L.A. Metro
vanpoolNew Guaranteed Ride Home Program

If working late, missed rides or other personal emergencies have been a barrier for your employees to join or start a vanpool program, Metro has come up with a unique solution - the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.
Click here for more information on this new vanpool program. 


City of Torrance
City of Torrance
Coming on Saturday, June 18:  HHW/E-Waste Collection at Honda in Torrance.  Click here for a map and list of what to bring and what not to bring on June 18. 


Sameer Saddiqi

Sameer Saddiqi 

Intern Spotlight
Sameer Saddiqi 


Sameer was born on May 9, 1992 and grew up in a small village in Peshawar, Pakastan.  "I always had the dream to become a successful person in life and help not only my family, but others in my community as well," he told SBESC staff recently.

"There weren't any opportunities in my village for kids like me with big goals and dreams.  My family, religion and culture all taught me to be myself, never lie, never cheat; present yourself for whom you are and not for whom you are not."

May Events and Workshops


West Basin Municipal Water District

Water & Energy SMART EXPO

Saturday, May 21, 2011

9:00am - 12:00pm

Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility

1935 W. Hughes Way, El Segundo

Click here for May 21 Flyer


South Coast Air Quality Management District
Go Green Expo and Electric Lawnmower Exchange

Saturday, May 21, 2011

8:00am - 1:00pm

Must pre-register.  Call 1-888-425-6247

Click here for Electric Lawnmower Exchange Flyer 




June Events and Workshops


Bixby Marshland Open to the Public - Tours

Saturday, June 4, 2011
8:00am - 12:00pm
Near Figueroa & Sepulveda Blvds, Carson, CA
Open the first Saturday of every month
Kick off the summer with a tour!
Click here for more information
Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop
Saturday, June 4, 2011
9:00am - 12:00pm
Police / Fire Department Conference Room
420 15th St.,  Manhattan Beach
24th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair/Music Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12
10:00am - 10:00pm
Crossfield and Deep Valley Drives, Rolling Hills Estates
Visit our exhibit booth and find out the latest and greatest in energy efficiency.
Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop
Saturday, June 18, 2011
10:00 am - 1:00pm
Lawndale Public Library
14615 Burin Ave, Lawndale
Sanitation Districts' HHW / E-Waste Collection
City of Torrance
Saturday, June 18, 2011
9:00am - 3:00pm
American Honda
1919 Torrance Blvd (Harper's Way at Van Ness), Torrance

Energy Upgrades for Remodeling Workshop
In conjunction with South Bay Adult School
Monday, June 27, 2011
7:00 - 9:00pm
Mira Costa High School - Room 36
701 S. Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach