Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 6

 June 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade CA
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
June 2016 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

Upcoming HHW/E-Waste Collection Events


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

Check out our volunteer program and learn how to get involved.   
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

Residents in San Pedro, Harbor City /Harbor Gateway & Wilmington
County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay

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L.A. Metro - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


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Did You Know?

Recycling one ton of aluminum:
  • Saves 14,000 kWh of energy
  • Saves 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil
  • Saves 237.6 million Btu's of energy
  • Saves 10 cubic yards of landfill space

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

With temperatures escalating this summer, the threat of blackouts and water shortages are more probable. Even though the State has lifted its restrictions on water use, the drought is still present and water conservation is as important as ever. Take time to read over Southern California Edison's Time-of-Use (TOU) rates which aim to place less stress on the grid during peak hours and look over West Basin Municipal Water District's water conservation microsite to see how you can cut back on water as drought conditions continue to impact available resources.
And take time to enjoy the summer!

Jacki Bacharach
Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade CaliforniaŽ Announces MyEnergyUpgrade Tool to Help Small Businesses Realize Energy Savings

Energy Upgrade California, a state initiative dedicated to helping Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, announced its MyEnergyUpgrade tool in conjunction with Small Business Week, San Francisco. The tool provides custom plans and recommendations for small business owners looking to increase energy and water efficiency and generate significant savings.
Energy Efficiency Rebates
Upgrade your old gas appliance to a new energy-efficient model and not only will SoCalGas give you a rebate but you'll be doing your part to help conserve the earth's resources.
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Tips to Maximize Your Refrigerator's Efficiency
Help ensure that your refrigerator runs efficiently and maximize the lifespan of your food by storing and organizing your groceries in the appropriate areas.
Use the following infographic as a guide to help you organize your refrigerator drawers and shelves.
Travel Pal
Program Update

The South Bay Travel Pal was inaugurated on May 16th with fanfare and a Launch Contest for early sign-ups. Watch next month's newsletter for the announcement of the contest winner! 

In the first couple of days over 500 people explored the new web site to "test-drive" the Travel Pal. Momentum continued into early June as the SBESC Outreach Team introduced the Travel Pal to scores of people at both the City of Torrance Open House & Environmental Expo and the City of Carson Philippine Independence Day Celebration.

Refrigerator Recycling Program

LADWP offers the REfrigerator Turn-In and REcycle (RETIRE) Program to our residential customers to encourage safe and environmentally friendly recycling of old, energy inefficient refrigerators and freezers. Save energy and money! Recycling an old refrigerator/freezer can help our customers reduce their energy bill by up to $192 per year. Pick-up and recycling services are offered at no cost to our customers, and they receive a $50 rebate.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
The Low-Water Rebate Program
Save Some Money

One of the key principles of the revenue program is that every discharger should pay in proportion to his or her use of the system. As discussed under the Revenue Program, practical considerations make it impossible to meter every user's discharge. Consequently, Sanitation Districts estimates your discharge based on standard loading factors that correspond to the type(s) of facilities on your parcel. They recognize that you may have taken steps to conserve water (for which you should be applauded) and that your actual discharge may be significantly less than what we estimated. If that's your case, the low-water rebate program was designed just for you; it allows low-water users to apply for a reduced service charge.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Upcoming Free Water Conservation Workshops

Learn to reduce both indoor and outdoor water use by participating in West Basin's free water conservation program! Registration for each event is required. For more information, please visit West Basin's Conservation microsite and see the list of upcoming workshops here.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Torrance Water Conversation Ordinance
In 2009, the Torrance City Council adopted a Water Conservation Ordinance (Ordinance 3717) to prohibit wasteful uses of water, place certain restrictions on water use and encourage sustained conservation. The Ordinance has four stages (Permanent Baseline Measured, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Stages), which are enacted in response to the water supply conditions.
On May 5, 2015, City Council approved activation of Level 2 water requirements due to the severity of the drought and to meet the new state regulations. The Conservation Ordinance applies to the entire City regardless of retail water supplier.
Read More 

L.A. Metro
Metro DTLA Bike Share opens July 7
In the latest major announcement designed to improve transportation options in the L.A. region, Metro and the city of Los Angeles announced they will officially launch Metro's bike sharing program in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, July 7.

Up to 1,000 bicycles will be available at up to 65 strategically placed downtown L.A. locations, serving Union Station, City Hall, Grand Park, the L.A. Convention Center, South Park, Chinatown, the Arts District, the Fashion District, Little Tokyo and more. Many bike share stations will be placed in close proximity to the Metro Rail and Bus network, giving transit riders direct access to Metro bikes to easily combine bicycle and transit trips.

Learn more about Metro's Vanpool and ExpressLanes programs.

June 2016 Events & Workshops 
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