For Immediate Release: December 21, 2011
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Hawaiian Gardens Big on Reducing Energy Bills, Carbon Footprint

Hawaiian Gardens, the smallest incorporated city in Los Angeles County is big on energy conservation.

With a block grant from federal stimulus funds, the city is showing its giant neighbors that energy austerity pays off.

The city has replaced 441 light bulbs to a variety of fluorescent lamps that glow brighter, but use less electricity and installed automatic controls to shut off five vending machines when they're not in use at City Hall and Public Works office.

With the simple upgrade, Hawaiian Gardens stands to save $12,903 from its energy bill and cut 8,000 pounds of CO2 emissions every year.

"Showing the way in energy frugality and reducing its carbon footprint are practical, environmentally-positive approaches Hawaiian Gardens can share with its residents," said California Energy Commission Chair Dr. Robert Weisenmiller.

"In today's economically challenged landscape, it's a win-win situation when we care for the environment while saving taxpayer funds, all for the benefit of future Hawaiian Gardens generations," said City Manager Ernesto Marquez.

Funds of $85,105 for the project, completed earlier this year, came from a block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery Assistance Act (ARRA).

The federal block grants, administered by the Energy Commission, are meant to assist small cities and counties achieve their energy efficiency goals.

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Federal stimulus funds to small cities and counties awarded under the ARRA's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and administered by the Energy Commission are providing more than $33 million to 201 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the US DOE. For more information about ARRA funded programs, click on:

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.