The kits contained one showerhead and two faucet aerators (one for a bathroom faucet and one for the kitchen faucet). Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators allow air to enter into the water stream, maintaining a high-pressure flow while reducing water usage. The showerheads will save up to 40% in water and energy. The bathroom faucet can save up to 55% in water and energy, while the kitchen faucet can save up to 32% in water and energy.
By participating in this program, SouthBay residents saved well over 35,000 therms. (A therm: gas company measure converting the volume of gas used to its heat equivalent � one therm is equal to approximately 29.3 kilowatt hours of electrical energy.)
This program will be available again in 2009. Look for the City Environmental booth at events in January to sign up for your Free Energy Efficiency Starter Kit. Sign ups will also be accepted at City Hall, Public Works Counter beginning February 2009. For more information, please call Public Works at 310-524-2359.
There are other ways to save energy. The Gas Company offers many energy conservation tips on its website: http://www.socalgas.com/residential/conservation/index.html