Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 7, Number 7

July / August 2011

In This Issue...
Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade Financing
Farmers' Markets
Lamp Exchange Coming!
Mobile Home Programs
Water Reliability 2020
What Happens to Your Wastewater?
Torrance Farmers Market
All About Energy Star
Volunteer Spotlight
July Events
August Events

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

Email Martha, call 310.371.7222, x 209 or complete our volunteer application and submit by email or fax.

You can make a huge 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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click here

Program Manager's Message

Here we are in the middle of summer.  Do you have rooms that are not being cooled properly by your air conditioning unit?  Maybe it's time to take a look at Energy Upgrade California™.  The Summer Program with up to $6,000 in rebates and incentives only lasts until Labor Day.  Contact a participating contractor today and find out how you can starting saving today!  Visit the website to find a participating contractor or call our friendly staff at South Bay Environmental Services Center 310-371-7222.

- Marilyn Lyon,
Program Manager

 [email protected] 


Energy Upgrade Logo
Energy Upgrade California

Financing Now Available!


That's right!  Qualified homeowners may now finance energy upgrades at preferred rates.  Both secured and unsecured loans are available with no prepayment penalties or closing costs.  Note:  Before contacting a participating lender, homeowners need to talk with a contractor to make sure they qualify for utility incentives.

Click Here for More Information About Energy Upgrade Financing 



Come To a Farmers' Market
Farmers' Markets
Spend your $$ Locally
SBESC will have exhibit booths at these Farmers' Markets in July and August.  Be sure to stop by for the latest information in energy efficiency, and Energy Upgrade California!
Thursday, August 4 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Carson Farmers' Market
South Bay Pavilion Shopping Center Parking Lot
20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson
Tuesday, August 9 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
Torrance Farmers' Market
Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

Southern California EdisonSCE

Lamp Exchange Coming to The Forum August 27-28


REMINDER:  Southern California Edison will hold a two day lamp exchange in the parking
lot of the Forum in Inglewood the weekend of August 27-28.  Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday morning, SCE is expecting record crowds, so plan to arrive early with up to 10 of your old energy-sucking lamps and exchange them for new, free, energy efficient ones.   Your old lamps must be in working condition with their current light bulbs in the sockets, but please leave the lamp shades home!

Click here for Lamp Exchange Flyer 



The Gas CompanyThe Gas Company

Mobile Home Programs 


Southern California Gas
and Southern California Edison are offering a program for mobile home residents through Synergy Companies, a local service provider.  The program for residents includes new energy efficient light fixtures, light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and technicians perform heating and air conditioning duct test and seals.  The park's Clubhouse can also benefit from installation of free energy saving products.

Click Here for More Information on the Mobile Home Program



West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict
Water Reliability 2020 - Speakers Available

If your club, community organization or group needs a speaker to round out a program, please give SBESC a call at (310) 371-7222, x 206,  and we can arrange for an expert to give a 30 minute presentation on Water Reliability 2020, and how each person can contribute to the effort
 to reduce dependence on less reliable imported water to coastal LA from 66% all the way down to 33% by the year 2020.    Remember, every drop counts.


A new Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop has been scheduled in Inglewood on August 6 at the Central Baptist Church.  Check out the August Events section below for more information.



Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

What Happens to Your Wastewater?


Have you ever wondered what happens to your wastewater? Find out on this FREE tour! Visit the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, owned and operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. The tour will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, located at 24501 S. Figueroa Street, Carson, 90745. Ages 7 and up are welcome.

Click here for a Tour flyer  




L.A. Metro

Think "Carmageddon"


According to Metro, there are 237 miles of carpool lanes in Los Angeles.  WHY waste your time in traffic?


Vanpools are similar to carpools, but they  

involve more people, bigger vehicles and longer commutes.  Add bigger savings:  you will spend less on fuel, give your own vehicle a rest, and increase quality time during your commute.  Don't forget the monthly subsidy of up to $400 to qualified vanpools.    It's a no-brainer!


To schedule a Vanpool meeting at your business, or if you would like a copy of a beautiful brochure that says all of the above and more, call SBESC at (310) 371-7222 and ask for either Martha or Grace.



City of Torrance
City of Torrance

Certified Farmer's Market


Visit SBESC's exhibit Booth 

Tuesday, August 9 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
Torrance Farmers' Market
Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance


Earning the Energy Star Label

It's Not Easy 


ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.


The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy, and make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

More on Energy Star  



Lori Harrison 

Volunteer Spotlight

Loretta (Lori) Harrison, Recycling Grandma!


Loretta just celebrated her 80th birthday and loves her volunteer time at the SBESC. She signs up for as many events as she can with the center and has logged well over 250 volunteer hours.

More About Lori Harrison  




July Events

Build It Green
Greenpoint Rated Training Series

July 22 - 30, 2011

Long Beach City College - Scholarships are Available

Qualify To Work On Energy Upgrade CA projects

> Certified Green Building Professional - July 22-23

> GreenPoint Rated Core - July 26-30

> GreenPoint Rated Existing Home - July 28-29

To register, call (510) 590-3360, x 603

Click Here for Flyer 


Energy Upgrade CA Presentation in Spanish for Homeowners and Contractors

Thursday, July 28, 2011

6:00 - 7:30pm

Lennox Park Community Center

10820 Condon Avenue, Lennox

Click Here to Register for July 28 



August Events

Build It Green

Certified Green Real Estate Professional Training 

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 2-3, 2011

8:00am - 5:00pm

West San Gabriel Valley Association of Realtors

Learn About Energy Upgrade CA For Your Clients

Click Here for CG-REP Training Flyer


Thursday, August 4 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Carson Farmers' Market
South Bay Pavilion Shopping Center Parking Lot
20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson

West Basin's Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop

Saturday, August 6, 2011

12:30 - 3:30pm (arrive by 12 noon)

Central Baptist Church

3120 W. 108th St., Inglewood

Click Here to Register for August 6 


Tuesday, August 9 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
Torrance Farmers' Market
Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance


Southern California Edison Lamp Exchange

Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28, 2011

8:00am - 1:00pm

The Forum Parking Lot

3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood

Click Here for Lamp Exchange Flyer 


Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

FREE Tour - Joint Water Pollution Control Plant

Saturday, August 27, 2011

9:00 - 10:30am

24501 S. Figueroa, Carson

Click Here for an Event Flyer