Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 14, Number 8

 August 2018 

Calling Volunteers!
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
LA Metro
South Bay in the News
August 2018 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! 

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Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

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Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

The South Bay Environmental Services Center has some great classes and events coming up for you. 
Celebrating National Drive Electric Week, will be in Carson on September 8 and in Gardena on Septembers 14. If you would like to test drive an electric vehicle and learn about the latest models, pricing, public charging options, incentives, rebates, and more, click onto our website for details. SBCCOG staff will have an exhibit table at both of these exciting Electric Vehicle events. Stop by and learn more about our sustainability programs.  

Jacki Bacharach
New Web-Based Application Makes Applying for Energy Efficiency Rebates Easier and Faster
SoCalGas announced the company is now offering $75 rebates for residential customers who purchase eligible ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostats that help residents manage their heating and cooling costs and conserve energy. The rebates, which have increased from $50, cover models from Nest, ecobee and Honeywell, and others, and are available through Dec. 15, 2018. To help customers take advantage of the opportunity, the utility also launched a new web-based application form, available at, that streamlines the application process, allowing customers to receive the rebate more quickly. In addition to SoCalGas' rebate, utility customers can apply for a smart thermostat rebate through their electric provider for a combined savings of up to $150.
Southern California EdisonSCE (SCE) 
How to Maximize Your Fan's Efficiency
Check out these creative and easy ways to stay cool this summer using your fan and save energy:
  1. 1.Turn off when not in use: Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, so be sure to turn it off when you're not occupying the room to help save energy. 
  2. Counterclockwise direction: During warmer months, your ceiling fan should be turning in the counterclockwise direction which will help circulate the air downward. That means that if you're standing directly underneath the ceiling fan, you should feel a cool breeze caused by a "wind-chill" effect, which makes you feel cooler. This is the same feeling you'd get if you stuck your head out of a moving car.

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
AC Optimization Program

LADWP offers the AC Optimization program to residential and commercial customers to help them save on their cooling costs. Without proper maintenance, heating and cooling systems may not operate at optimal levels. These conditions can cause significant energy waste, especially during the hot summer months when cooling systems are used for longer periods.

Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD)
Teacher Lounge

The WRD Education Program features interactive lessons that demonstrate the importance of groundwater, the basics of water sources and treatment, and the need for conservation. WRD Education staff are available for in-classroom demonstrations, exhibiting at environmental/education fairs, and as a resource for any water science related questions. If you would like any information regarding our Education Program please contact Monica Sijder at [email protected].

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Good Cleaning Practices
Fats, oils, and grease can clog your pipes if not disposed of properly. Take care of your pipes and be aware of what not to put down the drain. These tips are appropriate for commercial kitchens and serve as a good reminder for residents, too. Click below for the Dos and Don'ts!

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Landscape Transformation Classes & Rebate

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will offer a rebate of $1 per square foot of turf removed from residential and commercial landscapes. West Basin Municipal Water District will be partnering with MWD to offer homeowners a free class designed to help transform your lawn into a more water-efficient landscape. West Basin will be hosting 5 separate classes throughout local cities beginning in August 2018, which will teach residents how to incorporate sustainable landscape design elements, alongside California Friendly plants, to assist residents with navigating the turf removal process for their landscapes.
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
FREE Greywater Class - Saturday, September 8, 2018
Learn about the benefits of using rainwater and greywater to create an affordable household water system that dramatically reduces water use and can play a critical role in drought resilience. 

LA Metro
New Report Finds SB-1 Will Pump $182.6 Billion into California Economy Over Next Decade
Metro is set to receive about $1.8 billion in state funds that are heavily dependent on SB-1 to help build a variety of road and transit projects, including the Gold Line extension to Claremont and Montclair, the Orange Line Improvements Project, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor and the Green Line Extension to Torrance. On the highway side, SB-1 will help funds truck lanes and improvements on the 5 freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley, upgrades to the 71 freeway in Pomona and rebuilt junctions of the 605/91 and the 57/60 freeways. Without the SB-1 funding, Metro will have to find other monies.

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

South Bay in the News 
Upcoming Electric Vehicle Events in the South Bay
Want to test drive an electric vehicle and learn about the latest models, pricing, public charging options, incentives, rebates, and more? Come visit us at the National Drive Electric Week Event in
Carson on September 8th or the Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Event in  Gardena on Friday, September 14th. 

August 2018 Events & Workshops 
Click Here to See Upcoming Workshops  & Events