Get a free home energy consultation.
As part of The Capacity Project, WattzOn provides Livermore residents with a free home energy consultation in person or over the phone that can help save 10-20% on monthly home energy bills.
Also check out the Energy Upgrade California - Alameda County website for more ways to upgrade your home with the help of rebates.
Ask your utility company if they offer renewable energy and energy rebates.
Around 50 percent of the energy currently provided by PG&E is made up of renewable or clean sources. They recently submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission for a Green Option program that expands the use of solar energy. They expect the program to be available in 2014.
Use PG&E’s interactive Home Money Saver tool to find rebates and energy saving tips for your home.
Install solar panels on your roof.
The Go Solar California website provides California consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on solar programs, rebates, tax credits, and information on installing and interconnecting solar electric and solar thermal systems.
Unplug small electric appliances when not in use.
Appliances like cell phone chargers, hair driers, electric toothbrushes, oscillating fans, and lamps still consume energy while plugged in even if they are turned off.
Switch to compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs).
CFLs use less energy, will save you money on your electricity bills, and last much longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Adjust your thermostat.
Making even small changes to the temperature in your home can save a significant amount of energy and money on your energy bill. A programmable thermostat makes adjusting your thermostat convenient and efficient.
Use “green” building practices if you’re building a new home or remodeling.
Build It Green is a membership-supported Bay Area nonprofit whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California.
Add insulation and energy-efficient windows to your home.
Proper insulation will reduce heating and cooling costs in your home. You can also reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. Tax credits are available for windows and doors that are Energy Star qualified. If you are on a tight budget, energy efficiency improvements to existing windows can also help reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Look for the Energy Star logo when buying an appliance.
Earning the Energy Star means the product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. These products will help you reduce your energy-use and save money on your utility bills.
Buy other “green” products.
Consumer Reports offers an accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying “greener” products that have minimal environmental impact. Visit their website GreenerChoices.org. Additionally, the Green Product Directory is a local, unbiased resource of green home improvement products and tips that will save you money; and make your home more beautiful, healthy, and comfortable.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Reducing, reusing, and recycling will decrease energy use and the amount of waste ending up in landfills. The new Livermore Recycles program is a user-friendly resource developed through a partnership between the City of Livermore and Livermore Sanitation for residents and businesses to learn about Livermore's cutting edge waste reduction programs such as city-wide recycling and composting.
In addition to reducing water consumption, conserving water reduces the energy you use to pump and heat your water. Livermore's Water Resources department provides a variety of tips for reducing water consumption in your home.
Reduce your paper waste.
Use online banking, print double-sided, and stop receiving junk mail to reduce your paper waste.
Use environmentally friendly or homemade cleaning products.
Check out the EPA's fact sheet for choosing safer cleaning products for your home.
Alameda County provides recipes for homemade, safe cleaning products.
Properly dispose of hazardous materials.
The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located in Livermore will take and safely dispose of hazardous materials for residents and small businesses. Click here to learn more about what materials qualify.