Along with the promise of longer, brighter days and green hillsides comes the not so fun elements of the season – spring cleaning. We may have become pros at ignoring that thick cobweb hanging from the living room ceiling, but spring signifies it’s time to finally roll up our sleeves and do something about it.

Living on the Central Coast means that a dip in the Pacific Ocean for some relief from the fast approaching summer weather is usually just a quick drive away. And while there’s nothing quite like sifting your toes through wet sand or getting a lungful of that tasty ocean air, each trip to the coast can come at the cost of sandy car seats, extra laundry from towels and swimsuits and some quality time with the bottom of our feet to scrub away any stubborn tar stains.

Now that the holiday decorations are packed away and that pesky New Year’s Eve confetti is finally swept up, many of us are going to take a look at how we can improve our lives in the New Year. While the typical resolution may take some of us to the gym, we’d all be surprised by how we can improve the comfort and efficiency of our homes – from the newly constructed or remodeled, to those dating back to the ‘60s.

As beautiful as the Central Coast is during the dog days of summer, you’re also sure to notice that it can get hot. And by hot, I mean on a bad day, it’s going to feel like you just opened the oven door to check on the pies no matter where you go.

As we prepare for little ghouls and goblins who’ll come to our doors this Halloween, it’s important to remember that the true terrors may be lurking inside your home -- just overhead -- ready to suck you (and your wallet) dry.

With Earth Day festivals getting bigger and bigger, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. Details on the latest wind farm technology are all over, and reusable shopping bags are at nearly every booth – yours for the taking. April is a celebration of all things conservation, but don’t forget that with a few simple steps, you can be thinking “Green” all year.

Central Coast, CA, Dec. 17, 2015 – It’s that time of year again to grab some eggnog and relax with friends and family as the year winds to a close. And luckily, making that extra effort to continue doing something good for the environment doesn’t mean you have to be a Grinch. Here are five tips to make this one jolly and green holiday season. Light up the candles - Create festive warmth in the room with candles that will add a warm glow at your next gathering. Even better are LED candles, which last much longer than their wax counterparts that need to be frequently replaced. Use LED Christmas
Easy ways to help the environment without skimping on holiday fun Ventura County, Nov. 16, 2015 – From gobbling down turkey to bathing the mashed potatoes in gravy, we all have our Thanksgiving traditions we. As you’re preparing for the big evening around the table or finalizing travel plans, why not introduce some new traditions that show how grateful you are for the beautiful community we live in. Eat local and organic. It’s hard to beat fruits and vegetables from Ventura County farmers. And buying from them also minimizes our carbon footprint and fossil fuels used for shipping, as well as
Easy ways to earn big energy savings as you celebrate the season Santa Barbara, CA, December 2014 — Being conscious of your home’s energy efficiency this holiday season doesn’t mean being a “Scrooge.” In fact, following these six simple energy tips could help lower utility bills and free up some cash for extra holiday goodies. Choose LED holiday lights. LED holiday lights use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent sets, are more shatter resistant and can last as many as 40 holiday seasons, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. As many as 25 strings of LED lights can be
San Luis Obispo County, Calif., Oct. 19, 2017 – With the nation celebrating Energy Action Month, October marks a time of year to consider how we use our resources and find ways to use them even more efficiently. In recognition of Energy Action Month, empower Central Coast’s Energy Coaches are sharing some of their top thoughts on making your home as efficient as possible. As part of their role at the county-operated emPower energy efficiency program, Energy Coaches regularly provide free, voluntary home site consultations to look out for energy efficiency issues that are wasting resources and
Central Coast, CA, Aug. 17, 2015 — It’s time once again to fire up the grill as we savor that final taste of summer this Labor Day. And believe it or not, this holiday is also the perfect chance to do something good for the environment and conserve those precious resources, all without sacrificing any Labor Day fun. The County’s emPower program suggests five ways to save energy (and energy costs), and other resources while enjoying and entertaining throughout the Labor Day holiday. Keep it local Spending some time outdoors is a no brainer this Sept. 7, but the beauty of living on the Central