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Tips to help save energy offered

Energy experts will be walking the streets of Nevada City and Grass Valley over the next month, assessing small businesses’ energy use, and offering ways to save.

The specialists from Staples & Associates are working under the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric and the Sierra Business Council.

“Field reps will walk into a business and pitch the program, and if the business owner agrees they can do it right there. They produce a report with the types and numbers of changes, and calculate the money that could be saved,” said Nikki Streegen, communications director for the Sierra Business Council.



The assessment is free, she added.

From there, the Staples workers can schedule an installation at a later date for new bulbs, fixtures or other energy-saving equipment.




The basic energy-saving package available to eligible businesses at no charge includes compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED exit signs.

“We’re going after the lighting because it’s the low-hanging fruit of energy conservation,” Streegen said.

The three year contract with PG&E aims to save 13.5 million kilowatt-hours, she added.

Elsewhere, Streegen said a school in Sonora that used the program is seeing a 200 percent return on investment in the first year through energy savings.

Visit sbcouncil.org/energywatch or call Staples & Associates at 1(888)324-0930 for more information or to request an assessment.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.


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