Volunteers, city officials and the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force hit the streets last week to do some door-to-door tutoring on ways residents can save money and help the environment by using some energy-saving tips. It was organized by Engage 360, a group with a goal of spreading the word about energy conservation in various communities throughout the state, including Hayward, a city that prides itself on promoting sustainable practices. Here’s a flier for a contest the city is holding that could win homeowners free energy efficiency improvements.
Here’s the press release on the event, as well as some tips, from Engage 360:
Hayward Residents Learn Energy and Money Saving Tips
Local volunteers from Engage 360 provided golden ideas to save energy, and money, to Hayward residents last week.
Engage 360, a grassroots smart-energy movement by and for Californians, brought together 20 volunteers to tell residents how performing simple steps, like turning up the temperature of their refrigerator and freezer or doing their laundry with cold water, could save them energy AND money. Members of Soulciety, a bay area nonprofit that inspires and educates youth, as well as the mayor of Hayward, Mr. Mike Sweeney, and other City of Hayward employees attended the event to show their support for an energy-smart California.
Volunteers met up with Mayor Sweeney, donned shirts that read, “Ask me about saving energy” and hit the streets on a door-to-door neighborhood walk through to help spread the energy saving word. Although there were less than 20 volunteers actually knocking on doors, they reached 284 homes and gave away a special Engage 360 biodegradable tote bag with energy efficient cold-water laundry detergent and other informational brochures inside to every home they visited. Over 40 Hayward residents even committed to helping spread Engage 360’s tips themselves after hearing the cost-effective and energy efficient benefits.
The Hayward Green and Clean taskforce, an organization responsible for keeping the city free of graffiti and other eyesores, also joined the canvassing to promote energy efficiency education. The taskforce’s partnership with Engage 360 signifies an important milestone for the City of Hayward to step up and save energy for California as a whole.
Engage 360 will be in other Bay Area communities and throughout California soon, sharing energy saving ideas to help the state become efficient and smart-energy focused. In the meantime, you can learn more about energy savings at www.engage360.com or www.facebook.com/engage360!
Here are Engage 360’s Smart-Energy Tips for Summer:
ARE YOU AUTOMATICALLY COOL? Use a programmable thermostat to keep your house at an optimal temperature, while automatically scaling back 10°-15°F when no one’s home – saving you up to $160 per year on your home heating and cooling bills.
SAVING WITH CEILING FANS Stay cool and save more by using ceiling fans. In combination with lowering your thermostat, you can save $200 during the six hottest months of the year. Also don’t forget to turn off those fans when leaving rooms for even more savings.
USE YOUR WASHING MACHINE’S ENERGY TO WASH CLOTHES About 90 percent of your washing machine’s energy use is spent on heating water. So when possible, set your machine to a cold wash and see your savings add up (up to $42 each year depending on the type of water heater you have).
FIND OUT HOW AIR ESCAPES YOUR HOME Leaks from pipes, gaps around chimneys and even recessed lights in insulated ceiling are the largest causes for air leaks in your home. Save up to $236 a year on home cooling and heating costs by using weatherstripping and caulking to seal leaks!
IS YOUR FRIDGE AS COOL AS YOU ARE? Having a fridge that is even 10oF too cold can use up to 15 percent more energy. Set your refrigerator temperature to 39oF and your freezer to 5oF, and keep food fresh and delicious while saving $12 a year.
CUT DOWN ON VAMPIRE ENERGY COSTS BY USING A SMARTSTRIP Appliances that are plugged in, but in “standby” mode are still drawing energy, leading to higher utility bills. In fact, more than 70 percent of home audio system and 50 percent of game console energy consumption occurs while these devices are turned off and in standby mode. Purchase and use SmartStrips to turn off electronics, such as TVs, game consoles, computers, when you don’t need them.