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Aera Energy LLC
10000 Ming Ave
Bakersfield, CA

FedEx Ground
3105 Gateway 
Bakersfield, CA

IKEA Distribution
4101 Industrial Parkway
Lebec, CA

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Granite Construction
3005 James Road
Bakersfield, CA

Price Disposal 
8665 South Union
Bakersfield, CA 

4600 Resnick Drive
Bakersfield, CA

Give us a call to find out how you can become one of our No Idling Partners.


News from the Valley
Vehicle News
Thanks to the sponsorship of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Valley CAN hosts Tune In & Tune Up events throughout the San Joaquin Valley, providing residents with free emissions tests to determine whether their vehicle qualifies for free repairs at a local STAR certified smog shop. If your vehicle fails our emissions test, Valley CAN will give you a $500 voucher for emission-related repairs at a local smog STAR-certified smog shop. The $500 can only be used for diagnostics, smog testing, smog repair work, and certification.

Let us not forget about saving some money on gas for Flex Fuel Vehicles. Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) can fill up with E85 -- a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline - currently $2.99 per gallon. The Shell station at 4050 White Lane (corner of White Lane and Gosford) recently partnered with Pearson Fuels, California's largest E85 Flex Fuel distributor, to become Bakersfield's first E85 Flex Fuel station. The Shell station also continues to offer customers conventional gasoline and diesel fuels.

More than 1.2 million FFVs, which include later-model Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and other popular vehicles - are on the road in California today. All FFVs can run on either E85 or gasoline. These vehicles can be identified by a "Flex Fuel" nameplate, typically located on the rear of the vehicle, and many also have yellow gas caps for easy identification. Drivers also can consult their owner's manual or look up the vehicle make, model and year. So, stop by Shell Station if your car is FFV and "ethanol" up!

Green Scene Tip of the Month
Summer Tips
Do not let your Electric bill get out of hand this summer. Follow these tips and save money this summer during peak hours. Use these energy-saving ideas in your home when the weather is warm:
  • Avoid using your oven on hot days. Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave oven or grill outside.
  • Clear the area around where your air conditioner vents to the outside to ensure the best possible ventilation. Make sure the outside part of your air conditioner can easily ventilate by clearing any debris or other items from the area.
  • Save on cooling costs by setting your thermostat between 75 F and 78 F when you're home, health permitting. Set it to 85 F when you're away for more than a few hours.
  • If possible, enjoy an afternoon at the pool, park or local library. You can also go to a community cooling center. Learn about these centers. Visit Cooling Centers.
  • Turn on your ceiling fan when using your air conditioner. By doing so, you can raise your thermostat about four degrees F to save on cooling costs with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans about 10 minutes after their job is done to keep them from pushing cooled air out of your house.
  • Hang laundry outside. Take advantage of late sunsets and warm evenings to bypass your dryer and let your clothes air-dry.
  • Turn off lights in rooms that aren't in use. Consider a summer tradition of candlelit dinners or dimly lit game nights. During the day, rely on natural light alone.
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  It takes a gallon of water to produce a gallon of gasoline, which can impact local water supplies. Chevron partnered with the East Bay Municipal Utility District to develop the Richmond Advanced Recycled Expansion (RARE) Water Project. RARE recycles about 3.5 million gallons of municipal wastewater per day for use in Richmond, refinery, in effect freeing up freshwater supplies for the community.

Whether your business is just starting out or has been passed down from the previous generation, it's always a good time to get Green Certified.
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