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Program Aims To Help Every Californian Reduce Energy Use By 10 Percent Per Year

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Program Aims To Help Every Californian Reduce Energy Use By 10 Percent Per Year

Above: A new statewide program, Energy Upgrade California, focuses on educating residents and small business on what reducing energy use by 10 percent a year per person means in terms of actions.

Aired 5/22/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Siobahn Foley, with the California Center for Sustainable Energy, directs the Energy Upgrade California program

Californians are being asked to reduce their home energy use by 40 percent. The goal is in line with the state's aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

A new statewide program, Energy Upgrade California, focuses on educating residents and small business on what reducing energy use by 10 percent a year per person means in terms of actions.

Siobahn Foley, with the California Center for Sustainable Energy, directs the program.

The program takes a step back and connects the dots between known behaviors like turning off lights when you leave a room and switching to energy efficient LED lightbulbs to learning how to use smart meter data to track your energy use to figure out how to make cuts, Foley said.

"The data shows that by and large that people know what to do, and think they’ve done everything they can," Foley said. "In the daily practice, it’s not as common for people to do them."

To get tips on how to save energy and water, go to Energy Upgrade California's website.

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Avatar for user 'carol7watkins'

carol7watkins | May 22, 2014 at 1:32 p.m. ― 4 months ago

Checked the SDCSE website after hearing your interview with Siobahn. My husband and have made a lot of choices favoring sustainability and lowering energy use, and found more ideas on your site. Thanks! Siobahn mentioned a site whose name began with "Unplug" but I did not catch it since I was driving. could you respond with that site, please?

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Mmikey | May 23, 2014 at 7:39 a.m. ― 4 months ago

so, in less than 10 years we won't be using any energy if this plan continues ?

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dialyn | May 26, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. ― 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, we need to conserve, but I can predict with some certainty what will happen. SDG&E, just like the water companies, will say that, because we are conserving, they need to raise our rates to make up for lost revenues. The wealthy can continue using energy anyway they want to because they don't have to worry how much the bill is, but those of us on limited incomes will end up with less and less energy for more and more money. What a brilliant system.

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