Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 11, Number 6

 June 2015 

Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade CA
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
Legislation Corner
South Bay in the News
June 2015 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation



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Did You Know?

A wind turbine saves the equivalent of 174,000 bathtubs of water each year. 

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG


The South Bay Cities Council of Governments has just completed 4 years of electric vehicle demonstration projects where we actually gave vehicles to South Bay residents and monitored their driving habits. The most interesting finding is that people stay away from electric vehicles which currently have about an 80 mile range because they are concerned about range anxiety but their entire household is really not traveling more than about 45 miles in a day with the average trip about 5 miles or less. So take some time over the next few months to chart your household's daily travel and see if an electric vehicle would be right for you.  Why?


The crisis in water that we are seeing today may be followed by a crisis in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants that we can prevent if we change to a zero emissions vehicle.


Jacki Bacharach


Energy Upgrade California
What is Home Upgrade?

Home Upgrade is a "whole house" approach to home energy efficiency. Rather than focusing on individual energy efficiency upgrades, the program addresses your home's energy needs as a complete system. For example, your air conditioner can keep your house cool and use less energy if you seal the air ducts to eliminate drafts. Home Upgrade helps you maximize your energy efficiency, lower your energy bills, and increase your home's comfort. 

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Home Upgrade
Beat the Heat with Cool Comfort Financing

With summer on the horizon, this is the perfect time for homeowners to start thinking about upgrading the air conditioner into an energy efficient model. Cool Comfort Financing can help homeowners finance that green improvement, with support from The Energy Network to keep interest rates as low as 4.99%. Homeowners can use Cool Comfort Financing toward energy efficient central air conditioner and/or furnace replacement projects. Best yet, all Cool Comfort Financing Participating Contractors offering this program are verified as licensed and insured. 

To date, more than 100 homeowners have benefited from low interest rates through this the program, thanks to the support of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission through The Energy Network.
To learn more about Cool Comfort Financing or find a contractor, visit or contact The Energy Network at (877) 785-2237 or [email protected].

Southern California Gas CompanyThe Gas Company

Take the ENERGY STARŪ Pledge


Take the EPA's ENERGY STAR Pledge online to help save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


The Pledge challenges you to commit to making simple but powerful choices like these:

  • Buy energy-efficient products
  • Recycle old appliances
  • Seal and insulate your home
  • Enable power management settings on your computer
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Southern California EdisonSCE  

Summer Discount Plan


Earn up to $200 in bill credits with the sweet discount plan that makes it easy to conserve energy over the summer. Get started now to participate in Summer Discount Plan. Already enrolled? Manage your plan to suit your preferences.

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Sanitation Districts of LA County

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Bixby Marshland Open for Tours First Saturday of Every Month


The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County restored the 17-acre Bixby Marshland on its treatment plant property near the intersection of Figueroa and Sepulveda in the City of Carson. This marshland is a unique habitat located in an urban setting. It is open for free tours on the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sanitation Districts also schedules tours for groups by appointment. For more information, or to set up a tour, contact them at (562) 908-4288, ext. 2301.



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West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Metropolitan Water District Board Boosts District Conservation Budget to Record $450 Million


Facing an unprecedented drought, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved the nation's largest turf removal and water conservation program that over the next decade is expected to generate enough water savings to nearly fill the region's largest reservoir-Diamond Valley Lake.

Learn about West Basin Municipal Water District's water conservation programs, here


City of Torrance 
City of Torrance

USC Price Students Envision Greener Energy for Torrance


With the help of a team of Master of Public Administration students from the USC Price School of Public Policy, the city of Torrance has taken the first step toward securing a greener, more cost-effective electricity supply.

The students undertook the project as part of the MPA capstone course, which offers the opportunity to engage in field work for public agencies and nonprofits.

L.A. Metro
Zipcar Adds More Car Sharing Locations Near Metro Stations


In an effort to help enhance mobility, provide Los Angeles transit customers with more transportation options and improve first mile-last mile connectivity to Metro stops, Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) have entered into a partnership to provide vehicles for hourly or daily reservations at 10 Metro park-and-ride locations.

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Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and ExpressLanes programs. 


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Legislation Corner 

AB 857, Prioritizing Deployment of Cleaner Engine Technology in the Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Passes the Assembly Floor

The California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program, upon appropriation from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, funds zero- and near-zero-emission truck, bus, and off-road vehicle and equipment technologies and related projects, as specified, with priority given to certain projects, including projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. 
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South Bay in the News 
Californians, South Bay Communities Conserve Water At Highest Rate So Far During April


New figures showing Californians saved more water in April than during any other month in the year buoyed state water officials, who expressed optimism the uptick in water conservation will continue into the warm, summer months.


Many foothill communities in Los Angeles County with homeowners living on large lots fared better in April. Glendora cut use by 26 percent; Arcadia, 15 percent; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, 10 percent; Inglewood, 15 percent; Whittier, 22 percent; Thousand Oaks, 14 percent. 

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June 2015 Events & Workshops 
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