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Helping businesses commit to an energy-efficient 2011

Welcoming a new year opens the opportunity for new resolutions. For businesses it also means developing a new operating budget. Becoming more energy efficient is the simplest way to reduce your operating costs. There are easy steps you can take to avoid those high costs, and you can also get free assistance along the way. The S.F. Energy Watch program can help you meet your energy efficiency goals in 2011.

S.F. Energy Watch offers free, comprehensive energy efficiency services and financial incentives to businesses for energy efficiency upgrades. The program, funded by California ratepayers, is a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Personnel from S.F. Energy Watch will help you identify simple changes that could lead to significant cost savings, like changing your lighting, installing controls, or replacing refrigerator door gaskets and strip curtains. The program offers a free energy assessment to identify potential energy-saving opportunities, financial incentives, installation by qualified prescreened contractors, and postinstallation inspection by program staff.

In an effort to reduce energy use in San Francisco, and in keeping with the City’s long-term plans for increased environmental sustainability, the S.F. Energy Watch Neighborhood Campaign was launched in 2009. Neighborhood walk-throughs are scheduled by district. S.F. Energy Watch representatives visit local businesses in the targeted district to help them lower their energy costs by becoming energy efficient. Starting in February, neighborhood walk-throughs are scheduled in District 2 for the areas of Cathedral Hill, Cow Hollow, Golden Gate Valley, Jordan Park, the Marina, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Russian Hill, and a portion of the Richmond.

S.F. Energy Watch has already assisted a wide spectrum of businesses, including restaurants, schools, retail stores, offices, hotels, and more. Convent & Stuart Hall, Schools of the Sacred Heart have “worked hard to go green and appreciated the efforts and support of S.F. Energy Watch,” said Jo Ann Shain, communications director. The school upgraded their lighting and installed motion controls. The Presidio YMCA retrofitted its basement lighting, installed exit signs, and custom induction lighting in the pool area. The detailed proposal generated by the S.F. Energy Watch specialist quantified the cost savings of energy efficiency, which prompted the Presidio YMCA to pursue additional environmental operating principles. A reduction of about 20 percent in energy cost was seen within a few months after the upgrades were completed. Louise Figlia, facilities executive assistant at the Presidio YMCA, expressed, “We are so very pleased with our newly installed light fixtures!” 

Regardless of your business type, energy efficiency upgrades can help your bottom line while also reducing your carbon footprint. S.F. Energy Watch can help you take control of rising energy costs.  It’s easy, affordable and makes good sense.

For more information about S.F. Energy Watch or to schedule an appointment for a free on-site assessment to identify energy savings, call 415-355-3769 or visit

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