~Guest post by Cindy Moreno
Live More, Save More program is designed to help Livermore residents and businesses save energy and money while engaging students and supporting local economic development. The City of Livermore has partnered with Chevron Energy Solutions and Silicon Valley-based WattzOn to launch this innovative sustainability program which is expected to save taxpayers nearly 10 million over the next 25 years.The
Livermore High School students have the unique opportunity to serve as Energy Interns for The Live More, Save More program. The interns' main focus is engaging residents in energy conservation and assisting in enrollment. Live More, Save More aims to help residents and businesses identify free and low-cost ways to save up to 20% on their utility bills. The program also rewards residents who save 1% on gas or electric bills by entering them into a monthly raffle for a $50 or $100 gift card to participating Livermore Downtown stores. To enroll, residents simply visit Livermore.wattzon.com to answer a few questions about their home and connect their PG&E account.
Thus far the Live More, Save More program has trained 18 Livermore High School students. Students go through more than 12 hours of training and testing, and serve as home energy coaches under the supervision of WattzOn energy consultants. The training sessions serve to develop the students' abilities to conduct in-person energy consultations, lead outreach initiatives and garner professional skill sets pertinent to the evolving clean tech industry and transferable to future careers. Not only do students gain relevant work experience through paid internships but they also aid their community in capturing energy savings through low cost and no cost solutions.
The Energy Interns are featured in a blog on livemoresavemore.org. The Student Blog shares their insight and experiences throughout the internship. "We all are eager to help our community save energy and money. I could not have asked to work at a better place than with the Live More, Save More program. I am part of a great team here at the Capacity Project. I invite all of the Livermore community to learn what we interns are talking about and get a consultation with one of our energy coaches," said Sarah Dreher, one of the newest energy interns.
To learn more about the Live More, Save More program visit Livermore.wattzon.com or follow Live More, Save More on Twitter and like them on Facebook to get the latest energy saving tips and program news.
Happy Energy Savings!