Residents of neighborhoods disproportionately affected Los Angeles County eligible for economy upgrades
LOS ANGELES, September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced its partnership with West Basin Municipal Water District to provide $150,000 in water conservation and improved energy efficiency for 100 income-eligible families. The first project will provide improvements to 100 homes in priority communities in Los Angeles County. As part of the Community Language Efficiency Outreach (CLEO) initiative, income-eligible customers in the SoCalGas and West Basin service territories can receive home improvements, including high-efficiency toilets that limit the amount of water per flush, a weather-based irrigation controller and smart bibs. to help achieve water-efficient irrigation scheduling, low-flow kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators that reduce water flow without compromising performance, and low-pressure showerheads to help maximize water conservation.
“Nearly 10 million Los Angeles County residents are impacted daily by worsening drought conditions, and we are battling record dry spells throughout California. We are thrilled to see our local utilities, SoCalGas and West Basin Municipal Water District, step up their efforts to launch initiatives to help our residents with their conservation efforts,” said Inglewood City councilor Alex Padille. “We are serious about water and energy conservation efforts and hope to make a difference within our communities.”
“Initiatives like the CLEO program can help address two challenges California – drought conditions and accessibility issues,” said Brian Prusnek, director of customer programs and support at SoCalGas. “We know that the most affordable unit of energy is the one that is not used, and every drop of water saved can go a long way in helping water districts overcome potential shortages. We view this partnership with the West Basin Municipal Water District as a way to launch this win-win initiative.
The average American uses about 88 gallons per day per person in the household, and almost 20% of a home’s energy consumption is related to water consumption. The water conservation measures offered through this new partnership can help eligible customers save up to 394,000 gallons of water per household over the lifetime of the appliances. Overall, each household can save approximately 39.5 million gallons of water, which is equivalent to filling nearly 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools. If a household takes advantage of all the measures available under this program, customers can save up to $425 in water and sewer costs per year with projected savings of up to $5,200 over the life of the devices.
“Water efficiency is extremely important to the West Basin service area. We are proud to help fund and launch this new initiative with SoCalGas to save both water and energy,” said the chairman of the West Basin Board Donald L. Cher. “As California continues to face a severe drought, West Basin encourages all of our customers to check their homes and businesses for opportunities to be more water efficient.”
Customers may benefit from this initiative if they are SoCalGas customers and reside in a priority neighborhood within the West Basin service area that is unevenly impacted by environmental pollution.
Over the past five years, SoCalGas’ energy efficiency programs have generated more than $1 billion in avoided energy costs and generated more than 219 million therms of energy savings, or sufficient natural gas consumption for 548,000 households per year. These energy savings have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking more than 250,000 cars off the road each year. Collectively, these measures have helped SoCalGas customers save more than $241 million on their natural gas bills over the past five years.
In 2021, the company’s energy efficiency programs saved more energy than any other natural gas utility in the United States. SoCalGas’ energy efficiency programs have saved enough energy to power 100,000 homes in Southern California for one year. The utility invests more in energy efficiency than any other local natural gas distribution company in the country and currently operates the largest natural gas distribution utility in the country.
Energy efficiency plays an important role in improving clean energy access and affordability through new customer programs, rebates, incentives and services to help residents reduce their energy consumption. energy. As part of the company’s ASPIRE 2045 sustainability strategy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and the energy it provides, SoCalGas aims to increase access and provide a affordable energy through developing new clean energy programs for customers by 2025 and enrolling at least 90% of eligible low-income residents in alternative rates for energy programs each year.
Based in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas provides affordable, reliable and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of central and southern California. Gas delivered through the Company’s pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition, ensuring the reliability of the electric grid and supporting the deployment of wind and solar energy.
SoCalGas’ mission is to build America’s cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company. In support of this mission, SoCalGas aspires to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and energy delivery by 2045 and replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply to major customers with Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) by 2030. Natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and sewage treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while maintaining affordable bills for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego.
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About the West Basin Municipal Water District
West Basin Municipal Water District is a wholesale water agency serving nearly one million people in 17 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County. West Basin provides imported drinking water, recycled water, as well as conservation and education programs. Through its Water for Tomorrow program, West Basin is committed to protecting, diversifying and securing our water supply for the future while continuing a history of innovation and industry leadership. Visit www.westbasin.org to learn more.
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