In honor of national Energy Awareness Month, PG&E is hosting dozens of events throughout its service area in October. The events are part of PG&E’s year-round efforts to promote energy-efficiency programs that deliver rebates and ongoing cost savings to customers.
At retail stores, football games and community events, PG&E is showcasing “Energy House Calls,” an online reality series in which six families learn how to become energy savvy. In each episode, host Carmen de la Paz and her crew consider the family’s property, lifestyle and energy habits, and PG&E gives the home an energy makeover.
The “Energy House Calls Live” tour display features an expert host who will demonstrate how customers can take on projects and change behaviors to improve energy efficiency and save money. Informational panels will display energy-efficient ideas and advice, and episodes of the show will be running.
“Energy House Calls Live” tour dates:
- Oct. 11: Best Buy, 4820 Dublin Blvd., Dublin
- Oct 12: Best Buy, 3700 Mandela Parkway, Oakland
- Oct. 13: Sears, 2300 Hilltop Mall Road, Richmond
- Oct. 14: 49ers game, Candlestick Park, San Francisco
- Oct. 18: Best Buy, 3090 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
- Oct. 19: Sears, 2180 Tully Road, San Jose
- Oct. 20: Best Buy, 181 Curtner Ave., San Jose
- Oct. 21: Sears, 5540 Winfield Blvd., San Jose
- Oct. 24: Orchard Supply Hardware, 5651 Cottle Road, San Jose
- Oct. 26-27: ZooBoo, Fresno Chaffee Zoo
- Nov. 2-4: San Jose Fall Home Show, San Jose McEnery Convention Center
- Nov. 11: 49ers game, Candlestick Park, San Francisco
- Nov. 19: 49ers game, Candlestick Park, San Francisco
In addition to the “Energy House Calls Live” tour dates above, the reality show is running on fixed kiosks inside certain Sears stores, and will begin soon inside certain Best Buy stores, throughout Northern and Central California.
“By raising customers’ awareness about their energy use, PG&E can help them take advantage of programs that can reduce their energy usage and their bills,” said Steve Malnight, PG&E’s vice president of customer energy solutions. “Through this month’s events, PG&E will provide interactive forums for residential customers to learn more about how they can save energy and money—right in their own communities.”
PG&E is also hosting Energy Upgrade California Homeowner Workshops in October and November. The workshops let homeowners know how they can receive up to $4,000 in rebates from PG&E for comprehensive home improvements—involving heating, air conditioning and water heating—that can increase comfort and energy affordability. Customers can learn from others who have participated in the program and connect with a participating contractor. In addition to offering rebates, the program aims to create thousands of home-upgrade-related jobs statewide.
All of these Energy Upgrade California Homeowner Workshops run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each will feature a customer who has gone through the process as well as a certified contractor.
- Oct. 10: Cupertino: Kirsch Center at DeAnza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Building KC 218
- Oct. 16: Concord: Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road
- Oct. 23: Los Altos: Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.
- Oct. 24: Santa Cruz: Ecology Action, 877 Cedar St.
- Oct. 25: Bakersfield: Garces Memorial High School, 2800 Loma Linda Drive, Science Building Room 75
- Oct. 25: El Dorado Hills: El Dorado Hills Community Center, 1021 Harvard Way
- Nov. 1: San Mateo: San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way
- Nov. 7: San Ramon: San Ramon Community Center at Central Park, Terrace Room, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.
- Nov. 8: Mountain View: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 West El Camino Suite 300
- Nov. 15: Daly City: Westlake Community Center, Merced Room, 145 Lake Merced Blvd.
Working closely with third-party energy efficiency specialists, PG&E helps residential and business customers identify and implement ways to benefit financially and environmentally from energy efficiency investments. The utility administers 130 distinct energy efficiency programs, including services that help customers evaluate their options and adopt recommended solutions, as well as simple equipment retrofits, like changing light bulbs.
PG&E is a national leader in helping its customers use energy efficiency as a cost-effective way to reduce their energy bills, while helping the state achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Over the past 30 years, PG&E’s programs have avoided the release of more than 180 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, based on cumulative lifecycle gross energy savings.