Watt Watcher Energy Contest - 2010
Did you know that households can reduce electricity use up to 50% through energy efficiency measures? The Environmental Task Force (ETF) created the Watt Watcher Energy Contest to help the community implement the simple measures that can reduce residential energy use, and your carbon footprint!
The Watt Watcher Energy Contest was a residential program designed to help residents reduce their energy consumption. Over 150 households signed up to participate in the Energy Conservation Contest. The household that reduced its electricity consumption the most over the 3-month period was rewarded with $1,000 and other great prizes.
Several energy efficiency tools were provided by sponsors to help contest participants. The City of Manhattan Beach would like to give a big thank you to all of the sponsors of this program.
Energy Saving Tips
Looking for ways to cut back on your energy consumption? Saving energy will reduce your utility bills, and your carbon footprint.
The Department of Energy offers several easy energy savings tips. Follow these tips to start saving energy today!
Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
- Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry clothes.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Please direct questions to the City's Public Works Department at (310) 802-5313.