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Friday, April 8, 2011


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helpful hints for County of Lake staff…


Solar array at the Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Lakeport. Completed December 2008 along with panels also at the Southeast Wastewater Plant outside of Clearlake and the Lake County Correctional Facility on Hill Road in Lakeport. There are 15.5 acres of photovoltaic surface area; the entire system generates 2,169 kW across the four sites.


Free Classes for Energy Professionals!


Open to all who have an interest in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy, the Lake County Energy Watch program will be hosting the first in a series of classes targeted toward energy professionals – and those who want to explore that opportunity – on April 28, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center, 15500 Central Park Road in Middletown.

This full-day seminar will cover the California state policies and programs that are creating new and expanded business opportunities for energy professionals. The seminar also describes technology and economics about solar (electric and water heating), energy monitoring, and smart metering. Participants will learn how energy efficiency programs are created and funded and will take part in a review of energy economics, using residential examples. Various business models will be reviewed and the various certification and training options available to energy service professionals will be discussed. Read more


Renters & Homeowners: Home Energy Savers online tool

The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. The money invested in these upgrades commonly earns "interest" in the form of energy bill savings, at an annual rate of 20% or more. HES also estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much it can be reduced.

HES is an interactive tool that enables homeowners or renters to input their home’s characteristics (type of insulation, windows, foundation, etc) and types of appliances, and then receive very specific feedback about improvements and upgrades to reduce energy consumption, and an estimate of the money that could be saved. Read more


Energy Conservation Policy for County Facilities


In 1982, the Lake County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of energy conservation rules, and number 19 of Section 10, Miscellaneous Policies and Procedures, of the County of Lake Policies and Procedures states that all departments must adhere to the energy conservation rules including lighting, heating and cooling systems, and appliances and office machines.

As a reminder, all thermostats are to be set to a maximum of 68˚ for heating, and a minimum of 74˚ for cooling. To address heating and cooling issues in the Courthouse, the Public Services Department applied, and was awarded ARRA funds to improve the heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) system with energy efficient equipment, which is scheduled to be installed in July. Please review the policy on the County Intranet by following this link: Click Here.


Other important energy saving measures that all staff and departments should include:

·          Using coffee pots with thermal carafes instead of glass pots with heating elements. Coffee pots that keep coffee hot after brewing use as much electricity as running a microwave oven.

·          Turn off your computer and all peripherals including printers, monitors, copy machines, etc. at the end of each work day.

·          Copies should be double-sided as much as possible.


Guide to Saving Energy with Kitchen Appliances  

Reducing energy and water consumption in the kitchen means choosing your new appliances with care and using your existing ones more efficiently.


Every appliance has two price tags: what you pay to purchase it, and what you pay for the energy and water it uses.


Appliances with the ENERGY STAR label meet strict energy efficiency criteria established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Compared to standard models, ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 20% less energy and ENERGY STAR-qualified dishwashers use 10% less energy and 18% less water.


Saving energy in the kitchen starts with the refrigerator. It is typically one of the largest energy drains of all major home appliances. Make it a practice to look for the label. Read More


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