FYI: Autumn Sustainability Events

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We're Here to Help You Save Energy, Water and Money

Make Your Home Cozier and Greener this Fall

With a historic heat wave behind us, it's finally starting to feel like fall in Palo Alto. With cooler weather comes new opportunities to save energy and water in and outside of the home and keep your utility costs low. Whether you're interested in dropping the kids off at school in a new electric vehicle or harnessing the power of the sun to save on your electric bill, we're eager to help. Over the next several months, we're offering a number of free workshops focused on sustainability. Visit our workshops page for an up-to-date comprehensive list of webinars and workshops, or scroll down for more info about the next few months of events. 

 

Solar and Battery Storage Discounts for Your Home

SunShares is a regional solar and battery storage group-buy program administered by the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3). Until November 15th, residents can sign up for the SunShares program to receive discounts on solar and battery storage installations from pre-vetted contractors. Palo Alto residents are encouraged to sign up for the October 12th webinar to learn about City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) solar rates and energy programs. Attendees of the October 12th webinar can also receive a $50 discount off their Genie In-Home Assessment (regularly priced at $149.)

 

Heating, Cooling, and Much More

Interested in reducing your home's carbon footprint, but don't know where to start? The Home Efficiency Genie offers Palo Alto residents free phone advice for energy and water efficiency, and a low-cost in-home assessment for customized recommendations. Genie advisors provide expert, impartial guidance to save you money and help you improve the comfort of your home.

 

Saving Water Inside and Outside your Home

Palo Alto is in a drought, and we encourage everyone to do their part to save water. As you adjust your watering schedule for the fall rains, please remember that the City of Palo Alto's current water use restrictions limit irrigation to two days per week, specifically Mondays and Thursdays for odd-numbered and numberless properties, and Tuesdays and Fridays for even-numbered addresses. We are partnering with the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) to bring you workshops that can help you beautify your lawn with drought friendly, wildlife supporting native plants.

 

Making the Switch to an Electric Vehicle (EV)

In Palo Alto, 1 in 5 households drive an EV - the highest adoption rate in the country! There are more models to choose from than ever before with improved range and at various price points. With lower maintenance and fueling costs, EVs are cheaper to own than a fossil fuel vehicle. Take advantage of rebates and discounts available today that make driving and charging an EV more affordable. Our EV workshops are a great place to get all of your questions answered.

EV Financial Incentives Clinic

 

Many potential EV adopters don’t think they can afford an electric vehicle. But in reality, EVs can be affordable to most Bay Area residents if they take advantage of the many rebates and grants that bring down the cost by thousands of dollars. This event will be held tomorrow, 9/21 - Don't miss it!

 

Learn More & Register for the EV Financial Incentives Clinic

SunShares Informational Webinar Series

 

These introductory, one-hour webinars will explain the basics of solar technology, financing and incentives, financing and incentives, solar for home resiliency during emergencies, and how to access the SunShares discounts. Pre-vetted solar providers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about going solar or installing battery storage.

 

Learn More & Register for the SunShares Informational Webinar Series

One Water Plan - First Community Workshop

 

The One Water Plan will leverage previous efforts to evaluate alternative water supplies to make the City’s water supply more resilient. Palo Alto is assessing key regional uncertainties and water supply risks such as projected shortages under multi-year droughts. Share your feedback virtually or in-person at this exciting first meeting.

 

Learn More & Register for the One Water Plan Community Workshop

Rain Barrel Workshop

 

Learn how rain barrels can improve your property and garden, conserve water, save money, and help protect local creeks and the San Francisco Bay. Join our specialist, Chris Corvetti, at an in-person informational workshop to understand the benefits of rain barrels, what’s involved in rain barrel installation and maintenance, and how they can help our environment. Space is limited, so register today!

 

Learn More & Register for the Rain Barrel Workshop

EV101: Electrify Your Ride

 

We’ll review available electric vehicles and e-bikes as well as charging at home and on the road, incentives, and total cost of ownership. This is a chance to get answers to all the questions you’ve ever had about EVs and e-bikes.

 

Learn More & Register for EV 101

Making Better Choices in Your Home Workshop

 

Wondering about heat pump water and space heating technology? Curious about electric cooktops? Excited about EVs and e-Bikes? Save the date and join us at this open house style event to learn about all-electric living. Get advice from experts and hear from other residents who have made the switch from gas to electric.

 

Learn More & Register for the Making Better Choices in Your Home Workshop

Water Saving Garden Design 101 – How to Get Started

 

A professional landscape designer will walk you through the steps of creating a simple landscape plan. You will learn basic design principles, get pro tips on plant placement and selection, setting goals, and budgeting. Create your own low water/low maintenance garden!

 

Learn More & Register for the Design 101 Workshop

Lawn Conversion 101

 

Do you want to convert your existing landscape to a more sustainable and drought tolerant landscape, and enhance the environment for beneficial pollinators like bees and butterflies? In this workshop you'll learn how to convert a high water use lawn to a low water use landscape that can be rich in California biodiversity. This workshop will also cover how to retrofit your irrigation equipment with more efficient options and take advantage of rebates to help with your landscape projects.

 

Learn More & Register for the Lawn Conversion 101 Workshop

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