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Help Californians stay 'Golden' by conserving energy

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California, the Golden State is hitting a critical time as the weather gets warmer this season. With the climate becoming more and more unpredictable and less stable California is expected to see hotter than normal temperatures this summer and it's already facing a near record drought. Although this is just one state, the climate changes can eventually lead inward to other states which is why attention needs to be bought to this matter.

On May 20, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and leaders throughout the state joined together to kick off a new education program across the state called Energy Upgrade California. As a new management system for energy the program is set to help Californians manage their energy usage, save money and help to reach the state's climate goals.

'Across the state, we are asking all Californians to learn more about how they manage their energy and water usage, which are important resources upon which our lives depend,' said Michael R. Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission. 'Reduced water supply and warm weather challenge the aging infrastructure that undergrids our economy and quality of life, while advances in real-time energy data access and smart grid, solar, battery, and electric vehicle technologies bring new opportunities. Increasingly, Californians must make choices to use energy and water wisely and invest in keeping our great state golden. We want to help them understand these choices for their own benefit for all our communities.'

'California already has one of the more energy efficient economies in the world, and we have proven time and again that when asked and given the tools, we can conserve and protect our important natural resources, but we are at a critical time with just five and half years to meet our state's energy and carbon pollution reduction goals,' said Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair of the California Energy Commission. 'This summer it is especially important for us each to play our part with major power plants like the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station no longer operating, expected hot weather, and reduced snowpack.'

'Recently, we were called upon by the Governor to reduce, conserve, and work together to effectively manage our precious water and electricity resources,' said Commissioner Catherine J. K. Sandoval of the California Public Utilities Commission. 'We all can play a part with actions big and small, such as upgrading to LED bulbs, installing low-flow showerheads, getting solar electricity or water heating, or buying the most efficient Energy Star appliances. What may seem like little things can add up to make a difference – when all Californians take action.'

Since much of California's energy still comes from fossil resources, it causes carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. Too much carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas is created. Greenhouse gas is when the carbon dioxide acts as layer that allows the sun's heat to enter but doesn't allow it to be released. When this occurs, climate-related changes also occur, like flooding, rain patterns, heat waves and forest fires.

One way that the Energy Upgrade California campaign is trying to get the attention of Californians about the changes that need to be made to conserve energy is with the California State Bear. The California State Bear has come off the flag not only to stay cool indoors but to teach Californians how to conserve energy through an entertaining short video. To view the video just click on the video attached or visit Energy Upgrade California's YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/oPx1m1sSpcM, To learn more about Energy Upgrade California visit their site at http://energyupgradeca.org/.

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