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Proteus Energy Division’s Water Saving Services

VISALIA –Proteus Inc.’s Energy Division announces a new project intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve water and energy use efficiency.  Services are   available to eligible homeowners & renters living in Single Family Homes, Apartments, and Mobile Homes.  Participants must live in a disadvantage community (DAC) zone. Services include; Faucet Aerators, Shower Heads, and Clothes Washers.

The difference between this program and other programs Proteus, Inc. provides is there is no income based qualifications to receive services. Basically, if you live in the DAC zone, you qualify. Services also include a high-efficiency clothes washers for participates with working washers manufactured before 2010.

Proteus Inc., Energy Division Director, Jose Landeros said, “The program will definitely be a way for communities in our area to continue to conserve water.  Even though we were in a drought and now we are out of a drought we still have to keep using those practices.”  He spoke about his concerns with the communities and water conservation saying, “The biggest obstacle is going to that the communities think that the drought is over. They see that the rive r are flooded and that sort of thing.  But is has just been one year.  From one year to the next we had a drought, we had nothing, no water. To another year where we’re being flooded. So we want to continue to educate the community in conserving and saving water.”

water-resources-logoThe Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded Proteus Energy Di-vision two $3 million grants under the 2016 Water Energy Grant Program.  Proteus, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides education, job training and other support services to farm families and other program participants. Proteus Energy Division will provide installation of ultra-efficient shower-heads, faucet aerators and high-efficiency clothes washers to help residents within disadvantaged communities in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
 
The Water-Energy Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide    program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low income communities.

If you would like more information about this the water savings program services, please contact the Proteus Energy Division at (888) 25-52142.  

Water Saving Tips

From every farmer who irrigates his crops to a mother who is washing her vegetables for her family’s meal; Water matters to every Californian.  Water is a vital part of all our lives, which is why we must conserve it. In partnership with California Department of Water. Recourses, Proteus Inc.’s Energy Division has developed educational booklet to assist local residents with water saving tips.

Saving Water in the Kitchen

To save water in the kitchen, plan ahead.  Instead of defrosting by running water over a frozen food item, you can just leave it to thaw overnight in the fridge. When cooking rice or pasta, you can steam veggies at the same time by placing the steamer on top of the boiling rice or pasta. When boiling, you only need enough water to submerge the food or stuff you’re boiling.  This saves not only water but fuel, as well.  Any excess cooking water can be collected, allowed to cool to room temperature, and then used for watering your house plants. Consider doing the same to water used for washing produce. Another effective tip for saving water in the kitchen is to wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water. Use a vegetable brush instead of running water.  When hand-washing dishes, either plug the sink or wash them in a tub of water.  Running water for rinsing dishes results in wastage.  If you opt for a dishwasher, consider choosing an energy efficient model.

When it comes to drinking water, know that the greener choice is always tap water.  In order to manufacture one plastic bottle, 1.5 gallons of water are used. Faucets heavily impact your water consumption.  You can invest on low-flow faucets instead of conventional ones that run roughly five gallons of water per minute. Faucets and Aerators - Install Aerators. Saves 1.2 gallons per person per day.  Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with Water Sense labeled models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year, equal to the amount of water needed to take 40 showers.

Saving Water in the Bathroom

Bathroom water usage is readily minimized through the following means.  Consider taking a shower than drawing a bath.  That’s a difference between 3-550 gallons of water and 25 gallons for a ten-minute shower using a low-flow showerhead, which makes for a fine investment if you want to cut your energy bill.  Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth.  The average person brushes their teeth 2 – 3 times a day, which would now make your water usage is at 36 gallons of water per person per day.
 
Turn your water off unless you are using it. Don’t turn on your water and just let it run in the sink while you are brushing your teeth! You should do the same when shaving.  Do not use hot water to brush your teeth, the amount of water used waiting for hot water to arrive at the sink, and letting it run while you are brushing your teeth is wasting water and also wasting gas or electric to heat that water.

Consider doing away with your conventional toilet in favor of a low-flow one.  Flushing is your home’s key driver of water consumption.  A low-flow toilet uses as little as 1.6 gallons of water each time you flush, while a conventional one uses approximately five to seven gallons.  A tactic to save water on your older toilet is to put a water-filled bottle inside the toilet tank to offset the volume of water that comes out each time you flush.

Shower Heads -The average family could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing Water Sense labeled shower heads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water    heaters, they will also save energy and money. In fact, the    average family could save more than 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power a house for 13 days.  Also Showering for only 5 minutes can save 12.5 gallons with a water efficient showerhead per shower.

Saving Water in the Home

Get an efficient water heater. Whether you’re taking showers or baths, you’re taxing your home’s hot water heater. Heating water accounts for about 20 percent of your home’s energy costs, so getting a better heater is a great way to make your bathroom (and kitchen and laundry room) more eco-friendly. Tank-less is the best from an energy conservation perspective. Tank water heaters store hot   water, meaning they’re constantly running to keep the water hot. A tankless heater only turns on when you turn on the hot water tap.

Clothes Washer - A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer uses 13 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. That's a savings of more than 3,000 gallons of water.  Also wash full loads of clothes & dishes will save 15–45 gallons per load for an average washer and can save 5 –15 gallons per load for an average dishwasher.

Saving Water in the Yard

Cut down on evaporation by putting a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss, and/or gravel slows down evaporation. When mowing your lawn, set the lawn mower blades one notch higher. If you think you can do without the grass, then xeriscaping, replacing your lawn and high-water-using trees and plants with less thirsty ones is a great option. If you’re considering xeriscaping, do so only in wet years. Even drought resistant plantings take extra water to get them going. Mulch around trees and longer grass can save you 1,500 to3000 gallons of water per month! Take the lawn out, and you’ll save 500 to 1,500 gallons per month.  
Water during the cool parts of the day, between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am. Early morning is    better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Watering at this time as opposed to during the middle of the day can save 300 gallons of water.  
Make sure you avoid watering the lawn on windy days, as this drastically increases the amount of evaporation – not to mention the water blowing away from your lawn. Watering on a windy day can waste up to 300 gallons in one watering.  In addition, cut down watering on cool and overcast days and never water in the rain.  If your children enjoy playing in the sprinklers, try to let them do it when you’re watering the yard – if it’s not too cool at that time of day. Some kids just like playing with the garden hose; most garden hoses shoot out 10 gallons of water every minute. Recycle your indoor water and use for plants can saves gallons of water each month.  If you’re washing your car at home, consider driving your car onto the lawn to wash it, as rinse water can help water the grass. Lastly, regularly check for possible leaky pipes in your home.  Replace your leaky faucets can waste over 20 gallons of water per day.

Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. Conserving water stretches our supplies farther and allows us to do more while using less.  

The Billion Gallon Challenge

Syzergy, Proteus’ Partner, will implement its “Billion Gallon Challenge” campaign to encourage people to participate in the program: save water and estimate their water, energy and GHG emissions savings.

“This is the heart of the grant: it’s about saving water to save the associated energy and the related GHG emissions reductions.” - L.aurene Park, CPA, President of Syzergy

The Billion Gallon Challenge (BGC) is a resource efficiency and GHG emissions reduction awareness campaign that is being launched within four California counties within the San Joaquin Valley: Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare. Funded by a grant from California Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Fund and administered by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), this program will replace approximately 4,500 clothes washers, 100,000 faucet aerators, and 64,000 showerheads with above-code water-efficient fixtures and appliances, targeting reductions of nearly 12 billion gallons of annual urban water use and 466,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents within Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) in these four counties. The BGC campaign will recruit participants in this program by disseminating education and in-formation about the linkages among water, energy and Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs) through a diverse portfolio of media, outreach and activities. Unlike other educational pro-grams, however, the BGC will also create a buzz and momentum through a combination of challenges and recognition. To find out more go tbgchallenge.com

Disadvantage Communities (DAC) Map

The CalEnviroScreen website shows the disadvantaged communities designated by CalEPA. The California Department Water Resources utilize this to identify eligible participants. Residents can enter their address and see if they are in the DAC (red) zone.

http://oehha.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=dae2fb1e42674c12a04a2b302a080598

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