Local businesses can lower energy costs

By May 6, 2011

Yolo County has launched a new organization offering no-cost or low-cost energy efficiency measures to local businesses and other qualified organizations.

Called “Yolo Energy Watch,” the organization is a partnership between Yolo County, the California Public Utilities Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric. The mission of Yolo Energy Watch is to promote energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gases through financial incentives, training and funding opportunities. As a result, Yolo Energy Watch is helping local businesses save money on monthly utility bills.

Most businesses located in Davis are eligible to receive a no-cost/low-cost on-site energy assessment and installation of appropriate energy efficiency measures under this program. While the majority of the energy efficiency measures offered under this program are completely free, some do have a small fee.

“Restaurants can use quite a bit of energy, so we were interested in the program,” said Rhonda Gruska, owner of Monticello Seasonal Cuisine Restaurant and Catering. “They replaced all of our antiquated kitchen lighting and provided a consultation with a food service energy efficiency expert, who told us about additional steps we could take to save energy. Things are going very well and our PG&E bill is probably one fourth or less of the previous tenants.”

Sign up for a free assessment at http://YoloEnergyWatch.org/my-business. For more information, call (530) 723-6220 or email [email protected]

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