Are you ready to go green? Follow these easy steps in your home or place of business and reduce your carbon footprint! Do you know that electronics still use energy even when they are turned off? Unplug them and save up to 40% of your current energy use.
DUARTE Preparing Energy Efficiency Plan
The City of Duarte is in the process of preparing an Energy Efficiency Plan to determine the City’s existing and future energy use and to set the City’s future energy reduction goals. The Energy Efficiency Plan for the City of Duarte is part of a unified regional framework for meeting long-term energy efficiency goals. Funding for the project was awarded through the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SVGCOG) with a grant from Southern California Edison to implement activities to achieve statewide energy efficiency goals. Twenty-seven of the thirty-one San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments member agencies are currently participating in the project. This framework will allow the Energy Efficiency Plan developed for each city to function as a stand-alone document tailored to individual communities. The anticipated completion of the project is October 2012.
To date the project’s consultant has held five stakeholder interviews, prepared a work plan for the project, and has prepared the online survey for the community to provide input into each City’s project planning process. The survey questionnaire is available in English and in Spanish. To access the survey in English go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SGVCOG_EnergySurvey_1. The Spanish language version is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Spa-Ext.
For more information about Duarte’s Energy Efficiency Project contact the Community Development Department at (626) 357-7931, ext. 238. A fact sheet in English and in Spanish is available at City Hall.
Flex Path Overview
Effective January 16, 2012, Los Angeles County is pleased to introduce Flex Path. This program offers a $1,500 incentive to owners of single family homes. By completing qualifying retrofits, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency, improve comfort, and lower your utility bills.
To participate in Flex Path, you must install two or more qualifying measures with a combined point value of 100 or greater using an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor (see Qualifying Measures for point values). Depending on your gas and electric utility providers, these measures may also qualify for additional incentives (see Supplemental Utility Rebates to find out more).
Once your application is approved, your incentive is reserved for 60 days. Your Participating Contractor can provide instructions and assist you in applying for this incentive online.
- Your home must be located in Los Angeles County.
- You must be the Utility Service Account Holder.
- You must use an Energy Upgrade California approved Participating Contractor.
Please follow these three steps to apply for this incentive:
Complete and submit the application form by clicking on the Application on the left-hand menu.
Follow the instructions at the bottom of the application and submit a completed W-9 form. The incentive provided under this program is considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. A completed W-9 is required to complete your incentive reservation.
When your project is complete, submit the Project Completion Form on the left-hand menu before your reservation date has passed. This form will include uploading an itemized paid invoice and other supporting documentation (seeQualifying Measures).
Total Energy Upgrade California incentives cannot exceed project cost. When the total eligible incentive amount is greater than the project cost, the Los Angeles County incentive amount will be adjusted to reflect actual project cost. Please ensure that you have not previously applied for a Los Angeles County incentive for any of the same retrofit measures selected in your Flex Path application.
For more information on Flex Path, call 877-785-2237 or click here.
Do you know that by replacing just 5 regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, a standard household can save about $60 per year in energy costs? CLICK ON THE FLYER BELOW for easy ENERGY CONSERVATION TIPS you can apply in your home or place of business.
Water Conservation Tips for Residents
Did you know that the State of California is experiencing a drought? Follow these easy steps in your home and help conserve our most valuable resource. The County of Los Angeles has recently adopted a resolution that declares a Countywide Water Supply and Conservation Alert which urges residents, businesses, and cities to reduce their overall water demand and usage by 15 to 20 percent. CLICK ON THE FLYER BELOW for easy WATER CONSERVATION TIPS that you can apply in your home in order to reduce your water usage.
Energy Upgrade California
Owners of non-residential commercial properties may received assistance through Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County. The program provides access to an innovative financing mechanism to fund building performance upgrades – PACE financing. Under the PACE structure, property owners can negotiate project-specific terms with the investors of their choice, and repay the cost of the upgrade over time through a contractual assessment placed on the property tax bill. Because PACE investors are fully secured through a voluntary contractual assessment, PACE investors have the security to offer financing at lower rates and over longer periods of time than has been possible until now. Examples of performance upgrades eligible for PACE financing include: lighting upgrades, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment upgrades, upgrades of drives, fans, pumps and motors, building automation/management system upgrades, building envelope performance upgrades, installation fuel cells, solar thermal, or solar PV systems to generate cleaner electricity, and water fixture upgrades and smart irrigation systems. The benefits of PACE include: lower financing rates than other products in the market, longer financing tenors than would otherwise be possible, funding for up to 100% of project costs, enables projects to be cash flow positive in year 1, and equitable sharing of costs and savings with current tenants and future owners. For more information: call 1-877-785-2237 or go to Energyupgradeca.org/LAPACE for a list of PACE investors.
Construction and Demolition Deposit Program
In June 2004, the City of Duarte adopted a new ordinance affecting all large construction and demolition projects that occur within the City's limits. The ordinance requires that at least 50% of all material generated during a construction or demolition project be diverted from landfilling (o.e. recycled or reused). This ordinance was adopted in response to Assembly Bill 939 which was passed by the California legislature in l989. AB 939 requires that every city and county in the State divert from landfills at least 50% of all waste generated or face potential fines for non-compliance. The City of Duarte will collect a deposit, and refund it upon completion of your construction and/or demolition project and verification of 50% diversion. The below handbook will guide you through the process.
Waste Reduction Tips for Residents and Businesses
While recycling is part of the solution for preserving landfill space and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there are other ways to decrease the amount of waste generated at home and at work. Reusing re-usable items and reducing the use of disposable items are actions we can all take before even considering recycling. Take a look at these easy to follow tips.
AQMD's LAWN MOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Registration for this year's Lawn Mower Exchange Program is still open!
You can exchange your old operable gas mower for a cordless electric mower for a highly reduced price. For details of this offer, please click the links below: