SJVCEO Monthly Update - What Have We Been Up To?
Over the past month our new SJVCEO team has been on the move and pushing forward! Our team members have been learning the new technologies our utility partners are rolling out, gearing up for community events as well as moving forward with some of our grant extensions.
Our team has completed the Energy Insight training with one of our utility partners; PG&E. Energy Insight will allow our team members to have a clear picture of where our energy efficiency projects stand with our outside contractors and PG&E. This database allows our members to follow projects from cradle to grave to make sure our customers are fully satisfied.
With October being energy awareness month we are gearing up for our community outreach events. These community outreach events allow the SJVCEO team to get out into the community and show how easy and affordable it is to make energy efficiency updates. We hope you will stay tuned to the SJVCEO website as well as social media sites, twitter and facebook, for upcoming events.
SJVCEO along with the other SJV Action Team Members – Fresno State Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition (SJVCCC), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), and the Kern Community College District (KCCD) – for the Workforce Investment Board Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity (WIB RICO) grant have received an extension of funding to continue supporting and expanding the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) industry in the Valley. We have created two new Valley-based Partnerships to support this effort; the CNG Partnership and EV Partnership have gained interest from dealerships, fueling and charging station manufacturers and deployment, automotive repair establishments, school districts, etc. Our goal is to clean up the Valley’s air, cut down on GHG emissions from transportation, build a more extensive and sustainable network of alternative fueling stations, and educate the Valley’s residents about the importance and benefits of owning and/or using a cleaner vehicle.
SJVCEO is conducting preliminary research on developing a Cool Roof Policy in the Valley. The Valley suffers from Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, which contributes to poorer air quality, quality of life, life expectancy, and a higher demand for cooling capabilities. Introducing a Cool Roof Ordinance could decrease cooling costs in the summer, improve air quality and decrease number of health issues related to excessive heat. In addition, a Cool Roof Ordinance could include measures such as cool playgrounds and parking lots, which would extend people’s abilities to stay outside and enjoy outdoor activities thus improving their quality of life in the Valley.
Lastly, SJVCEO is continuously developing a project tracking database. This database will provide a centralized location of data from multiple sources including Energy Star Portfolio Manager and the Utilities Program Management. Current plans of the database will be ready to share at the Local Government Commission for Central California in Paso Robles on October 10th.
Stay tuned for next month’s update on what the SJVCEO team has been up to!
Posted on September 12, 2014 | 8:24 am
REBATES! for Your New Alternative or Renewable Vehicle
First thing’s first. What counts as an alternative or renewable vehicle? There are several technologies available and in development. Here are a few of our favorites:
Now for the incentive and rebates… the best part and probably the reason you’re reading this!
CARB is sponsoring a CCSE
- administered rebate program for zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Whether you want to buy or lease one of these light-duty vehicles, you can get up to $2,500 through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
. The website has an extensive list of eligible vehicles, links to apply for the rebates easily online, project statistics, and informative FAQs.
The Drive Clean! Rebate Program
, administered by the SJVAPCD, offers up to $3,000 for new vehicles purchases and leases. Check the eligible vehicle list
and apply for your well-deserved rebate using this fillable W9 form
. If you need more information about all these vehicles, check out this DriveClean Buying Guide
. You can access a quick vehicle compare and a Plug-In EV Resource Center or even calculate your savings by rebates and incentives.
The SJVAPCD also has a Vanpool Voucher
program to promote carpools for SJV residents. So many people commute 20 miles or more for work by themselves in inefficient vehicles, and this rideshare program would alleviate congestion on the roads and vehicle emissions. The incentive is worth up to $360 a year and you can apply using this fillable form
. The SJVAPCD has a number of other grants and incentive programs that target improving our air quality. Check them out here
If you manage a fleet that only operates in California, you could be eligible for this Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)
. Vouchers are somewhat limited, but they are worth anywhere from $6,000 to $45,000 for each qualified new hybrid or electric truck or bus you buy. Eligible vehicles can be found here
and the website has information for all dealers, fleets and vehicle makers. As long as your fleet operates only in California, it is eligible for this project, no matter the size or whether it is private or public.
There is a lot to take advantage of and I suggest you look into these if you’re considering a new vehicle! The technologies are only getting better and our air seems to only be getting worse, especially with this recent drought. So, do your part!
Posted on August 27, 2014 | 8:23 am
EE Tips for Back to School
It's that time of year again! Colleges and preK-12 schools are opening their doors for another year of teaching and learning. Most of you - whether you’re a student, teacher or parent - will have an emptier home over the next 9-10 months. An emptier home provides endless opportunities to lower that energy bill! Here are some energy-saving tips that I follow as well as others from energyinyourlife.com
1. Adjusting the thermostat
- Turn off the thermostat completely, or...
- Turn up the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when using AC
- Turn down the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower when using heat
- Change the temperature remotely using a programmable thermostat and your smartphone
- Take out all the food you’ll use from the fridge at once - opening it multiple times uses an exorbitant amount of unnecessary energy
- Use reusable lunch bags or boxes with insulating sides to keep things cold and reusable sandwich and snack containers to minimize waste
- Bring a cold lunch to avoid using a microwave
- Fill up a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. I like CamelBaks
3. Unplugging electronics – gaming consoles, computers and rarely used kitchen appliances can use a lot of power when off but still plugged in, so save some energy and unplug!
4. Closing blinds
- AC works a lot harder to keep your home cool when hot sunlight is pouring in
- Get some insulating shades to keep your home even cooler
5. Getting an audit
Dressing appropriately – it’s still pretty warm out now, but it’ll cool down soon and if your school is air conditioned, be prepared and wear layers!
Going to and from school efficiently – walk or bike if you can, and carpool if you need a lift.
Happy first day of school everyone! Have a safe, healthy and happy year. Learn lots!
Posted on August 13, 2014 | 1:22 pm
Warning! Warning! APCD issues Air Alert
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Alert for Monday, August 19th through Wednesday, August 21st.
What is an Air Alert?
'An Air Alert is a notification that the Valley is currently experiencing conditions that may lead to exceeding a health-based ozone (smog) standard. Air Alerts are issued Valley-wide. In addition to the negative effects on our health, ozone exceedances can also result in monetary penalties to the Valley. This would impose severe financial burdens on Valley businesses and, ultimately, our residents.When an Air Alert is called by the Air District, Valley residents and businesses are advised to put into place measures that reduce vehicle use.'
How can you help?
The SJVCEO fully supports efforts to keep the San Joaquin Valley and its
- Utilize other modes of transportation such as riding mass transit, walking, or bicycling
- Bundle your errands
- Don't let your car idle - turn it off when waiting for an extended period of time!
residents safe and healthy. Employees at Professional Exchange, the association management company which houses the SJVCEO, are doing their part by eating lunch in the office break room instead of using their vehicles to look for food elsewhere. Great job!
Posted on August 19, 2013 | 7:00 am