For Immediate ReleaseAugust 27, 2020
Fill out an online survey and receive mailed kit from Green House Call program
San Rafael, CA – Marin County residents wary of rotating power outages have a chance to reduce demand on the electrical grid by obtaining no-cost supplies to do it.
In the past, the program – funded through ratepayer utility bills – has employed local college and high school-aged youths to conduct home energy audits and install energy saving devices. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has adapted by having residents complete an online energy and water use survey, and Rising Sun then mails an energy-saving kit directly to the recipient. Residents may also get started by calling (510) 665-1501 ext. 300.
The program is endorsed and supported by the Marin County Community Development Agency’s Sustainability Team, which offers several energy reduction tools to residents. The Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is partly funded by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), of which Marin County is a participating member.
Over the past month, extreme heat in the western United States has increased electricity demand and placed a strain on the power grid. If the California Independent Systems Operator (CASIO) determines that the state does not have enough resources to meet demand, it may require the state’s investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), to reduce demand on the grid by turning off customer power. Such rolling blackouts typically are instigated during periods of widespread triple-digit temperatures.
In addition to Rising Sun’s energy kit offer, Marin residents can do their part to reduce grid demand during heat waves. When temperatures rise, they can cut power usage between peak hours of 3-10 p.m. by:
The Marin County Sustainability Team supports healthy, safe, and sustainable communities while preserving Marin’s unique environmental heritage. The team has developed programs to promote renewable energy, address climate change, encourage green building, recognize green businesses, and implement energy efficiency projects in County schools, special districts and cities and towns. The policies and programs ensure that the County of Marin is healthy, vibrant, and sustainable for many generations into the future.
Kellen DammannSustainability Team TechnicianCommunity Development Agency
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 308San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2698Email: Kellen DammannCDA Sustainability website