Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 12, Number 11

 November 2016 

Calling Volunteers!
Energy Upgrade CA
Home Upgrade
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
November / December 2016 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! 

 Visit Our Cities

El Segundo
Hermosa Beach

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

Residents in San Pedro, Harbor City /Harbor Gateway & Wilmington
County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay
( District 2  or   District 4

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L.A. Metro - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube


City of Torrance - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope

Did You Know?

Biomass is organic material that comes from plants and animals, and it is a renewable source of energy.

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

It's Thanksgiving month and time to give thanks for how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful place, the South Bay, with our great scenery, growing economy and rich cultural and recreational opportunities. It is also time to reflect on the importance of protecting and preserving what we have by being good stewards of our environment. At the SBCCOG and our South Bay Environmental Services Center, we also recognize our volunteers this month in a special reception in their honor for the great work they have done throughout the year to bring our programs to the public.

And, in giving thanks, this famous Ancient Indian Proverb is noteworthy:

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jacki Bacharach
Energy Upgrade California
Find the Best Time to Save Energy

Use Bear to show you when to do laundry, cook, clean, and run the A/C. Chances are you're doing some things during the midday peak hours when it's most critical to save electricity. But when you sign up for time-varying rates or other off-peak programs from your electric utility company - changing your schedule a little could save you a lot. Let Bear show you how.  

Holiday Light Exchange with SBESC and Energy Upgrade CA

Find SBESC and Energy Upgrade CA at the Palos Verdes Farmers' Market on Sunday, November 20th or on Monday, November 28th at the Lawndale Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony to exchange your old lights for new LED strands for your tree!

Home Upgrade
Request an Upgrade Coupon

Upgrade Coupons, offered by The Energy Network, help homeowners save money on qualifying Advanced Home Upgrade projects. Advanced Home Upgrade, offered by Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas®, provides rebates and incentives for qualifying comprehensive "whole house" energy upgrades.
Solarista Cafe
At the recent West Basin Water Harvest Festival (Oct 22), SoCalGas' mobile, solar-powered Solarista Café made an appearance to promote solar water heating installations. Attendees at the Water Harvest learned about solar water heating and the recently expanded rebate incentives while enjoying tea, coffee, and espresso brewed in the café. 

Solar water heating systems capture the sun's heat and work with conventional or tankless natural gas water heaters to improve efficiency and reduce energy costs. SoCalGas customers who install solar water heating systems in single-family homes prior to December 15, 2016 can receive a rebate up to $10,000. Rebates of up to $800,000 at a rate of $25 per-therm are also available for multi-family and commercial system installations. For more information, please visit  
Southern California EdisonSCE  
Easy Ways to Save Energy While Cooking for the Holidays
With the holidays just around the corner, you just might be increasing the amount of cooking. You may know your way around the kitchen, but do you also know how to save energy while preparing your favorite meals? Saving energy in the kitchen is easy when you adjust how you use your kitchen appliances and cookware.  Take advantage of energy-saving appliances and techniques. To be more energy efficient while using your oven or stove, follow these energy-saving tips. 
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LADWP Encourages Conservation with Free LED Bulbs

Small changes in daily habits can go a long way toward making big differences when it comes to saving energy. That's one of the messages behind the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) campaign to give two light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to all of its 1.5 million residential customers.
And, according to a number of tweets and posts on social media, the free gifts packaged in a reusable tote bag have been a hit. One poster wrote: "This is really sweet! LADWP is sending free LED bulbs for energy efficiency. You get a bulb, you get a bulb. Everybody gets a bulb!"
The campaign began in September and continues through November. It is similar to a 2009 program that distributed 2.3 million compact fluorescent light bulbs to residential customers.
Switching from incandescent and CFLs to LEDs can save an estimated $238 in electric costs over the lifetime of each bulb.

Travel Pal
Share the Ride to the Next South Bay Event

Travel Pal a great tool for understanding your Personal Mobility Patterns - where you go and how you get there - (driving alone, bicycling, walking or taking the bus). It's also a fantastic way to find a carpool match for your trips to and from local events. Check out some of the local events that are using travel pal to help guide and direct their visitors to their venue.  
Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Single-use wipes may be labeled as "flushable," but that does not mean they disappear when they are flushed down the toilet.  If flushed, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, personal hygiene wipes and similar items can block toilets and pipes. These items also accumulate within sewer pumps causing equipment failures and sewer overflows. This is such a widespread problem that water organizations from around the world, including the Sanitation Districts, are calling for changes in the manufacturing of wipes and re-labeling of all single-use wipes as "non-flushable" until safer standards are developed.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Upcoming Water Conservation Events

Learn to reduce both indoor and outdoor water use by participating in West Basin's free water conservation program! Registration for each event is required. For more information, please visit West Basin's Conservation microsite
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
Rebates on Clean Vehicle Purchases Now Linked to Income
As of November 1st, prospective buyers of all-electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell cars who are considered low-income can receive more rebates under California's Clean Vehicle Rebate project.  While it's a perk for some, the program will exclude high-income earners from getting rebates.

This is an effort to boost sales of green cars and to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road. People will receive a range of $3,500 to $7,000 dollars depending on their income and the type of vehicle they are looking to purchase.
The program also will tighten rebates for those earners who make above a certain amount. 
 Sign-Up Here

L.A. Metro
Fresh Pics: Crenshaw/LAX Line Construction

The photos are going from north to south along the 8.5-mile route for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. I posted a map of the light rail line at the very bottom of the post. The project is forecast to open in fall 2019 and is funded primarily by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.

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

November / December 2016 Events & Workshops 
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