New program helps residents track and reduce energy use


A new service from the city is aiming to cut energy usage by making it clear to residents how they can save energy – and money.

The new Energy Upgrade Mountain View program uses a website that assesses the energy use on your PG&E bill and allows you to see your energy use. In-home energy use assessments or several other services will be free to the first 1,500 residents who apply.

To qualify for the service, residents must have lived in Mountain View for one year, be willing to report their energy usage for the last 12 months and have both gas and electric PG&E Smart Meters installed in their homes. Users of the website must have a PG&E online account to register.

For more, visit or call Mountain View's environmental sustainability coordinator, Steve Attinger, at (650) 903-6602


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Posted by Duke
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Does this also apply to apartment dwellers?

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Posted by Pat
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

This system has been in place vis PG&E for several months. Why is the city taking credit for this process? We have been tracking our gas and electric usage, on-line, for over a year. It is quick, easy access and installation of the Smar meter was already completed when we initiated this monitoring for our home. Thanks, relaly, goes to PG&e. Log on to and navigate until you find the process, follow instructions etc.

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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Yes, apartments (and condos) are eligible.

The free "In-home energy use assessments" are not offered by PG&E except to their low-income customers.

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Posted by Alil Miffed
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

Why on EARTH was this program given the green light? I'm sure it wasn't free and in essence it does nothing but pull info from what a resident can already get from PG&E's existing program on THEIR website. A link to PG&E's page is all that is needed, but in city gov't, I gues everyone needs to be tied to some sort of program.
This is a Waste Waste Waste of our money! Please print the names of those who OK'd this needless duplicative program.

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