Energy and Sustainability

California's New Straws-Upon-Request Law

Starting on January 1, 2019, California is banning full-service restaurants from offering plastic straws unless requested by the customer!  Assembly Bill 1884 is designed to help reduce pollution in our environment caused by single-use plastics. 

Climate Action

The City adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2012. The plan was created to help Pleasanton do its part in the State’s fight against climate change. The plan identifies transportation and residential, commercial, and industrial energy use as the primary sources of the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Goals, supporting strategies, and specific on-the-ground actions have been defined to help the City achieve its goal of reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Calculate your carbon footprint and learn a few tips on how to save $ and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time!

Free Online Home Energy Audit to Pleasanton Residents!

HomeIntel’s Smart Audit identifies sources of wasted energy in your home and recommends a savings plan with quantified cost and energy savings. A personal Energy Coach and email updates help you carry out your savings plan. You save energy and money!   Sign Up

 

 

Home Energy Score

Ever wonder how your home stacks up against similar homes in terms of energy efficiency? With an in-house visit by an assessor, Home Energy Score can provide a rating of 1-10 and make recommendations to improve comfort and the energy performance of your home. Alameda County residents can receive a $200 rebate for this assessment for a limited time.

 

Do It Yourself!

Did you know that some of your household appliances and electronics draw energy even if they are on standby? These are phantom loads that quietly sip energy while slowly depleting your bank account. It all adds up!  Use a Kill-A-Watt® meter to identify these energy abusers and reduce energy costs. Check one out from your Pleasanton Library!

 

A Few Energy Efficiency Tips

»  Switch to LED light bulbs

»  Use outside awnings or plants to shade your home and windows in order to keep your home cool

»  Wash clothes in cold water

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EBEW Business Energy Efficiency Program

East Bay Energy Watch is a local government partnership with PG&E that works with select contractors to provide a no-hassle, easy approach to help small and medium businesses save energy and money through energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits.  Your no-cost energy assessment and lower monthly energy bills are waiting!  For more information, go to http://www.ebew.org/business

 

Energy Upgrade California® Provides Incentives to Upgrade Your Property

BayREN Home+ 

Home+ offers online energy evaluation and puts you in touch with a Home Energy Advisor who can guide you through your energy improvement process. Significant rebates are available by working with a participating contractor. You will also receive a complimentary Energy Savings Kit ($70 in value)! Get more information at www.bayrenresidential.org

Multifamily Building Enhancements 

Energy Upgrade California’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements offers cash rebates and no-cost energy consulting for multifamily properties that undertake energy and water upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 15% or more of a building’s energy and water usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade.

Improvements can include heating/cooling systems, water heating systems, lighting and appliances, building sealing and insulation, and windows and more. The program is open to multifamily buildings with five or more attached dwelling units in the nine county Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). Complete the program interest form to get started with your free energy consulting and begin reserving your rebates.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Check back regularly for the next workshops!

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing

Are you considering major energy upgrades? PACE is a mechanism for local residential and business property owners to finance renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation improvements to their properties and repay the loan via an annual assessment on the owner’s property tax bill. Unlike traditional forms of credit that are dependent on individual credit rating, PACE financing is primarily based on a property owner’s equity in the building. The following providers are authorized to operate in Pleasanton:

CSCDA Open PACE

CMFA Open PACE

Ygrene PACE

Figtree PACE

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