Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 9

 September 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
South Bay in the News
South Bay Net
Energy Upgrade CA
Home Upgrade
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Coast AQMD
September / October 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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Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County - Facebook


West Basin Municipal Water District - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest


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


City of Torrance - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope

Did You Know?

If showers were taken with only cold water, California would save enough energy to heat 7,561 homes in California for one year. 

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

September brings with it a hint of Fall in the air and a feeling of excitement about learning something new. Opportunities for a greener lifestyle or improving infrastructure for the community's digital future come to mind. Please consider attending a fun, family event - Green Community Education & Outreach Open House on Saturday, September 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. brought to you by South Bay Cities Council of Governments in partnership with Southern California Edison. The event has something to offer the whole family with SCE's new green initiatives such as micro grids, electric vehicle charging, battery storage, rooftop solar, reliability upgrades and Hazard Hamlet Safety Display for Children. A Kids Fun Zone will be available for face painting, balloon fun and coloring books. Several SCE experts will be on hand to answer questions. Join us in Hermosa Beach for a family day.  The event is free and open to the public. 
Register here or call 310-371-7222.   

Jacki Bacharach
South Bay in the News 
Green Community Education & Outreach Open House in Hermosa Beach: Saturday, September 24th
Please join SBESC to learn more about Southern California Edison's green initiatives in South Bay communities, including:
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rooftop Solar
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Reliability Upgrades
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Battery Storage

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Learn More & Register Here

South Bay Net
Help Needed, Feedback Appreciated!  

The South Bay Workforce Investment Board and South Bay Cities Council of Governments are working to make sure organizations in the South Bay have the technology and workforce they need to operate. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey about broadband internet and worker skills.

Energy Upgrade California
Register, Make a Plan and Start Saving

Energy Upgrade California can help provide you with custom recommendations for a more energy and water efficient home or business. You can make a plan, understand your usage, get assistance, track your savings, and even find energy efficient equipment. By taking the home assessment, you'll get a plan with everything you need to start saving money on your next bill. 

Home Upgrade
Put the Burn on High Energy Bills - Get an Efficient Central Furnace

Many older homes were built with inefficient furnaces. If yours cranks away endlessly and you are experiencing high gas bills, it may be time to replace the old unit.
Fast Facts:
  • Gas furnace efficiency is measured by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)
  • For best efficiency, your new furnace should have a rating of at least 92% AFUE
The good news is that Home Upgrade provides statewide rebates to offset the cost and your choice of The Energy Network's trained and licensed Participating Contractors to do the installation. Visit to learn more. Start saving money and improving your home's efficiency, comfort, and resale value.
  • Water heater efficiency is measured by Energy Factor (EF): the higher the percentage, the lower the energy loss.
  • For best efficiency, your new water heater should have an EF of at least 0.67, preferably higher.
To get started on your Home Upgrade visit our website and choose one of The Energy Network's trained and licensed Participating Contractors at  Start saving money and improving your home's efficiency, comfort and resale value.

Next Generation Natural Gas
for Transit Operations Webinar: Wednesday, Sept. 21st - 11:00 A.M.
Please join the Southern California Gas Company for this one-hour webinar to learn about the most important development for sustainable transit operations in decades.
Register Here
Southern California EdisonSCE  
SCE Proposes Investments to Increase Grid Safety, Reliability and Efficiency
If approved, the proposal will enable SCE to efficiently connect clean technologies such as electric vehicles, rooftop solar and energy storage, to the grid while providing safe electricity service as we work to improve reliability.
Efficient Product Marketplace (EPM)

LA Department of Water and Power is offering the Efficient Product Marketplace (EPM), which provides customers an opportunity to research, locate and purchase energy efficient products from a single website. Recently expanded, the EPM includes LED bulbs, televisions, refrigerators and room air conditioners. 
Read More

Travel Pal
Understanding Your Personal Mobility Pattern?

Have you ever considered what your "personal mobility" profile is? That is, have you ever asked yourself the question (for each day): where do I go, how do I get there and what does it really cost me?   Understanding our personal travel patterns - where we go, what type of travel mode we take (driving alone, bicycling, walking, carpooling, bus) gives us the opportunity to make more informed choices that can have meaningful affect for our health, our pocket book and, ultimately, living in a cleaner more environmentally sustainable way.

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Take a Tour of the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant and Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility on October 1st
Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste? Find out on this tour. You will visit two of the Sanitation Districts' key facilities-the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant and the Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility. The tour is free and open to ages 10 and up.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Water Harvest Festival: SAVE THE DATE

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10am - 2pm, West Basin presents its annual Water Harvest Festival. This year's theme focuses on celebrating a water-wise lifestyle, and the community is invited to attend this free water education event to learn about the importance of water. Free food, games, prizes and tours of our world-renowned water recycling facility will also be provided. See flyer for more info and stay tuned for more details. 
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Upcoming Rain Barrel Distribution Events
The City of Torrance will be gvining away FREE rain barrels at scheduled events later this year in an effort to continue to spread awareness about water conservation. For Torrance residents interested in upcoming Rain Barrel Distribution events, visit this link to be notified as soon as they are scheduled.  

L.A. Metro
Metro EV Charge Stations
Metro has introduced electric vehicle (EV) charge stations at ten Metro Park & Ride lots: Union Station, Universal City/Studio City, El Segundo, Willow St, Sierra Madre Villa, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope, Irwindale, and APU/Citrus College.
The Level 2 charge stations allow riders with EVs to conveniently charge their cars while using the Metro system.
Read More

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.

South Coast AQMD
Southland Residents can Save Hundreds with Annual Lawn Mower Exchange Program

Southland residents can now register to save up to 70 percent on a new cordless-electric lawn mower through the South Coast Air Quality Management District's popular annual Lawn Mower Exchange Program.

September / October 2016 Events & Workshops 
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