For a no-cost efficiency assessment of your home and installation of free energy and water-saving measures, call 510-665-1501 and press 5 to reserve your no-cost Green House Call (or sign up below).
Your CYES Green House Call with our friendly and professional youth Energy Specialists will consist of:
- A walk through of the house with the client; looking for energy saving opportunities
- Replacing all incandescent bulbs with FREE energy-saving compact fluorescent versions (which use about a 1/4 of the energy!)
- Installing FREE high-efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads (all the pressure without the water waste!)
- Inspecting all toilets for efficiency and leaks
- Checking the attic insulation of the home
- Installing a FREE retractable clothesline to reduce dryer use or a FREE power strip to reduce phantom load from electronic devices
- Installing FREE hot water pipe insulation
- Providing energy and water conservation education
- Emailing a customized report to the client after the CYES appointment
You'll start saving from the moment they step through the door.
After your Green House Call we'll even let you know about other rebates and free programs, including in-depth services like bill discounts, weatherization, attic insulation, and more. We'll help guide you to the government and utility programs that match your qualifications.
The visit will take thirty minutes to two hours, depending on the size of your home. Fill in the form above and we will contact you to arrange an appointment.
Call 510-665-1501 and press 5 to request an appointment.
Do I qualify for a GHC?
You don't need to own the home - we serve both HOMEOWNERS and RENTERS alike because we make no structural alterations that require a landlord's permission. If you live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano or San Joaquin county, or the city of Santa Rosa and get your energy from PG&E, you are probably eligible for services. Contact us today to find out!
Coming to install a retractable clothesline for you!
who's paying for this?
An energy conservation program of the California Public Utilities Commission (funded by a surcharge on your utility bills and administered by the PG&E) is paying for this. Your local water district and city government are also chipping in...and of course, we accept donations from the committed public: individuals like you who want to help us hire more youth and save more resources!
Replacing old light bulbs with CFLs
What IS A CFL?
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) contain electronics, much like your cellphone. They also contain tiny amounts of powdered mercury. They're as safe as other electrical equipment, and contain fewer chemicals than the average household battery.
To use these bulbs safely, remember two things:
When they burn out, don't toss them in the trash can. Save them and recycle them - your local recycling center has a free drop off box for them, as do many hardware and department stores, including IKEA, Orchard Supply Hardware, and Home Depot. Anywhere you can take batteries or used electronics for disposal, you can drop off a used bulb.
If you break a bulb, children or pregnant women should not participate in the cleanup. Let the area air out for a few minutes, then mop up the broken pieces with a wet paper towel, which picks up the chemicals (don't brush them up into the air with a broom). Then put the broken pieces and the paper towel into a ziploc bag and save them for recycling.