Community briefsFree program to reduce energy bills
Nine months after the Energy Upgrade Mountain View (EUMV) program began, the city confirmed that residents who participated reduced the cost of their energy bills.
Residents who sign up online allow the city to access their PG&E bills. They receive a personalized report that breaks down how much energy their household uses and for which appliances. The city offers in-home visits and free power strips to reduce energy in the program.
High-energy users may qualify for an energy meter that detects energy usage in real-time.
"We enable residents to get a good sense of where their energy is being used, and how they can reduce it through no- and low-cost measures," said Steve Attinger, the environmental sustainability coordinator.
The free service is available to all Mountain View residents including owners and renters of single-family homes, mobile homes, apartments and townhouses. Information is available at www.energyupgradeMV.org.
Cheerleaders seek funds for nationals
The Los Altos High School cheerleaders are holding an e-waste recycling event on Saturday, March 3 to raise money so the team can compete in the 2012 USA Spirit National Championships.
The cheerleading team won first place at the USA Regional competition this January, beating two-time national champions Notre Dame High School. The Los Altos team will compete for the national title at Disneyland on March 30.
The fundraiser on March 3 is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos. They will collect electronic waste, including TVs, computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, scrap metal, mice, keyboards, microwaves ovens and appliances.
"I've seen a huge change in all the girls' attitudes. This is very important and they're passionate about it," says their coach, Nikia Crawley. "Our main focus is fundraising because not everyone can financially pay for such a big trip. My biggest goal is for them to see all their hard work pays off for them. They're in it to win it."
The team welcomes monetary donations and corporate sponsorship. For information, contact Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org.