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No-cost "Green House Calls" available for Pleasanton residents

Program provides materials, help on ways to conserve energy, water, waste

Pleasanton residents can receive a no-cost home efficiency assessment and installation of energy- and water-saving appliances.

The "Green House Calls" free program, available to renters and homeowners alike, is being offered by the city of Pleasanton and by Rising Sun Energy Center through its youth employment program, California Youth Energy Services (CYES).

During a "Green House Call", a youth energy specialist, teamed with an adult, will:

• Check for adequate attic insulation, pipe insulation, and a hot water heater blanket;

• Assess refrigerator and water heater temperature settings;

• Conduct gallon-per-minute flow rate tests where feasible on showers and kitchen and bathroom water fixtures;

• Assess toilets for leaks and flush volume;

• Install water-saving faucet aerators, showerheads and toilet flappers;

• Replace all incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent versions;

• Install a retractable clothesline to reduce dryer use or a power strip to reduce phantom load from electronic devices;

• Collect information on the efficiency of sprinkler systems; and,

• Educate residents on ways to conserve energy, water and waste.

Appointments are available in Pleasanton for both homeowners and renters over the summer. Sign up online at Rising Sun Energy or call 510-665-1501 ext. 5 to make an appointment.

Since 2000, Rising Sun Energy Center has trained more than 1,300 youths between the ages of 15-22 and has served more than 20,000 homes. The program is supported by funding from Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the East Bay Energy Watch Partnership and the Alameda County Water District.

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