Fresno Energy Watch Creates Major Energy Efficiencies in Rural Communities

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Businesses and municipalities in western Fresno County realize huge savings from Fresno Energy Watch energy efficiency upgrades.

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We are grateful for this program because we will be able to economize our energy bill.

From city halls to clothing stores to restaurants to beauty salons, many buildings in western Fresno County’s rural communities recently became the beneficiaries of a major energy-efficiency facelift thanks to a month-long campaign of upgrade efforts spearheaded by Fresno Energy Watch.

The results to these communities are quite significant. The Fresno Energy Watch effort to overhaul antiquated, energy-draining lighting systems during its August campaign has the potential to save 277,305 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which equates to a savings of approximately $53,000 annually.

One program participant, the City of Firebaugh, counts the savings as an incredibly important part of its operations.

“Firebaugh is excited to be a part of Fresno Energy Watch. We are experiencing an unprecedented budget shortfall and every penny counts. We owe it to our citizens to use their money wisely,” said Laura Weyant, City of Firebaugh City Manager. “We also want to be examples for the energy conservation movement.”

Business owners are following suit. Lilia Castellanos, co-owner of Natural Nutricion in Firebaugh, jumped at the opportunity to enlist Fresno Energy Watch’s help.

“Fresno Energy Watch offered us the opportunity of the lighting program and we are incredibly pleased because we are now going to save energy at this location. We are grateful for this program because we will be able to economize our energy bill,” Castellanos said.

Fresno Energy Watch beneficiary Rosalio Carrillo, owner of the popular Tacos y Tortas Chalio’s in Coalinga, encourages fellow business owners to take advantage of the efficiency upgrades available through Fresno Energy Watch. “I invite other businesses to stop by and see the lights. They were previously very dim and there is a visible difference. Businesses should seize this available assistance. It will save them money.”

Representatives of Fresno Energy Watch canvassed businesses in western Fresno County’s rural communities in the weeks leading up to the campaign and continue to do so to help identify buildings where these important energy-efficiency improvements could be made.

Fresno Energy Watch is a collaboration between PG&E, the City of Fresno, the Fresno County EDC and RHA. PG&E has contracted with RHA, a third-party energy-efficiency implementation specialist, to provide direct installation services for the Fresno Energy Watch Program. The program helps small and medium businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations improve their energy efficiency. By increasing their energy efficiency, program customers can save energy and money on their utility bills, while at the same time benefitting the environment by conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This program is funded by the California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

The Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County is a nonprofit organization established to market Fresno County as the premier location to expand and grow core industries. The EDC strives to not only facilitate site selection for new businesses within Fresno County, but to also assist in the retention and expansion of businesses already located in the area.

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