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President: Berton Moldow

 
 
 
The Energy Club seeks to educate residents through lectures, guest speakers and special events about ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and save money using advanced technologies. 
 
 
Members are available for questions concerning 
LED lighting, solar installations, and electric cars.
 

  Past Events, Updates and Resources below

07/2017 - New resource to decide if solar is right for you..

        Go to solar information below.

 
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The Village Breeze, our Village e-newsletter, 
now contains many articles on energy. 
You can find and view TV-6 
programs including the recent 
Conversation with Bert Moldow,
Bill Walsh and Steve Leonard
on Energy projects in our Village
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 we held a meeting to educate members on what is happening is our community in regards to energy projects. Bert Moldow, our president, reviewed current energy issues and introduced panelist from each of the mutual who presented ongoing projects: LED bulb changeovers, solar panel installations, electric car charging, laundry room energy conservation, street lighting, and future energy plans for their mutual. 

April 21, 2016

Burt Moldow, our president, gave an excellent presentation centered on the posed threat of the long-term plan for storage of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Station, just 22 miles from Laguna Woods Village.  He  also discussed what we can do to conserve and generate our own energy.

Concerned Citizens showed a film featuring Al Gore doing the February 2016 Ted Talk, entitled "The Case for Optimism"

 

 

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January 2016, The Energy Club co-sponsored the excellent film
Merchant of Doubt
 
Craig Preston of the Citizens Climate Lobby was there and introduced the film and suggested actions that we may take as private citizens to counter the barrage of untruths.  Eric Conway, Merchants of Doubt co-author, attended the screening and answered questions.
 
                                                                   
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We Carpooled to Solar Decathlon on 
 
October 15, 2015
 
 
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California News
 
Thanks to over 18,000 Courage Campaign members like you who spoke out, solar energy companies and consumers across the state just won big time!

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted against Big Energy’s crippling proposal that would have increased Californians' energy bills and made it harder for consumers to generate their own clean solar power.(1)

Together we helped California continue to be a leader in clean energy -- refusing to let short-sighted energy companies decide our policy.

Here’s the story. The CPUC voted to extend California’s “net metering” system -- the current policy in California and over 40 other states that gives solar customers fair, full credit for the clean energy they produce. It also allows customers to send excess energy back to the grid for others to use. It is a big reason why we have more than TRIPLED the amount of rooftop solar in California, and why the average installed rooftop solar costs have dropped by over 50%

If the energy companies -- including Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and San Diego Gas & Electric -- got their way, California families would no longer have had incentive to go solar. It would have been a huge blow to our state’s clean energy goals, resulting in higher bills and the loss of thousands of jobs.

The CPUC rejected Big Energy’s proposal to block CA’s net metering system! Now California still leads the nation in clean energy, and our families, businesses, and schools can continue to save on their energy bills by going solar!

 

March 2016
 
 Even if California succeeds in slashing carbon levels, it would still only result in a blip in combating climate change. California is the world's eighth-largest economy but accounts for only about 1 percent of global emissions. That, says Nichols, is exactly the point: to set an example. "We never thought that what we did in California was actually going to solve the problem of global warming," she says. "But we thought we could demonstrate that you could."
 
 
 

 LOTS OF GOOD NEWS

 TO REPORT ON THE ENERGY FRONT

 IN LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE

  

 
1.  PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POLICIES
 
On July 15, 2015, Third Mutual's plug-in car policy for residents who park in Garden Villa garages and other carports went into effect. (This new policy does not affect owners of units with garages who already pay for their own electricity--and does not include owners of plug-in cars in United or the Towers.)  If you live in Third and own a plug-in electric car, you can apply for a sticker from the Security and Community Access Division in the Administration Building. 
 
7/19/2017
New fee for charging your electric car is $240.00 per year.
You will no longer be given a warning if you plug in your car without paying the fee and getting a sticker. You will be charged $240.00 for a first violation and it will double for each subsequent violation. 
 
 
 
Third's Energy Committee has been investigating installing charging stations—the charge paid for with a credit card--to allow for such contingencies, as well as provide access for visitors.  If you forsee other issues, remember Third's Energy Committee is open to all residents.  Check the Globe for the meeting day and time and share your concerns and suggestions.
 
2.  COMMUNITY STREET LIGHTING SURVEY COMPLETED
 
To no one's surprise, the CREE street lighting survey of select areas in Third (performed at no cost to the community) confirmed that our street lights are below national standards, particularly at street corners. The survey didn't even take into account the fact that a senior community needs higher luminesce than others. This week Third's Energy Committee is conferencing with the rep from SCE to discuss what can be done to correct this shortage.  SCE may replace the lights with higher wattage LED bulbs, change the fixtures at the top of the poles, add extension arms where needed, or increase wattage of bulbs at intersections.  
 
3. THIRD MUTUAL BUILDINGS WILL HAVE ALL COMMON AREA LIGHTING CONVERTED TO LEDs BY YEAR END
 
More than half of this project will paid for by power company rebates.  The pilot program on one 3-story building demonstrated a 20 percent reduction in electric cost for that building. Third looks for comparable savings on all buildings, amounting to savings of tens of thousands of dollars.  
 
4.  SOLAR CONTRACTING UNDERWAY TO INSTALL SOLAR ON THREE-STORY BUILDINGS AND FREE-STANDING LAUNDRY ROOMS IN THIRD.
 
Within the next few weeks, Third Mutual will award a contract to one of three prominent solar vendors to install solar panels throughout Third at no cost to the mutual.  The Energy Committee is aiming for a reduction in common-area electric costs to net zero. 
 
5.  INCANDESCENTS IN GRF TO BE REPLACED WITH LEDs
 
All incandescent bulbs in clubhouses and parking lots will be replaced with LEDs in an ongoing process.  Many residents have remarked on the excellent visibility at night in the Clubhouse 5 parking lot.  Some of the conference rooms in the administration building and the ping pong room lights are also being replaced.
 
 
6.  BUILDING ADDRESS LIGHTING
 
For years the community has complained about trying to locate street addresses on buildings at night. Third’s Energy Committee has been working to address this problem. For several months PCM has been testing solar LED fixtures that can be placed above the address signs to make the numbers more visible at night. Modifications to an existing commercially available light has more than quadrupled the time of illumination between charges.  The committee has presented a proposal to purchase and modify 50 lights and test them on buildings with different sun and shade exposure.  The committee has also investigated new signs which emit better luminescence than the existing signs.  
 
 
7. SOLAR-POWERED GOLF CART
 
As part of a Beta test, the owner of a solar-powered golf cart will be permitted to use 110v outlets in Third when the power source (non-battery) needs a boost.  Currently the cart will travel 8 miles once charged to full capacity.   When so doing the cart fully charges in 20 minutes. The need to utilize the outlet would only be for emergency purposes.
 
 
8. JOHNSON CONTROLS
 
The Board of Third Mutual approved a contract with Johnson Controls to study potential energy savings in the community with no out-of-pocket expense for implementation of energy saving sources. GRF is following our lead and Johnson will be presenting to United shortly.
 
(Johnson Controls, Inc, is a Fortune 500, multi-industrial, multinational conglomerate with 170,000 employees in more than 1,300 locations across six continents.  It offers products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, automotive batteries, electronics and interior systems.)
 
 
9. UNITED TO REPLACE WALKWAY LIGHTS AND LAUNDRY ROOM LIGHTS WITH LEDS
 
United has almost completed the conversion of all walkway lights to LEDs and is planning to convert laundry room lights as well.
 
10.  MUTUAL 50
 
Mutual 50 is replacing all its incandescent lights with LEDs
 
Gloria Moldow
Energy Club Secretary
8/10/2015
 
 
 
 
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 LOTS OF GOOD NEWS TO REPORT ON THE ENERGY FRONT IN  LAGUNA WOODS    
 
1.  PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POLICIES
 
On July 15, 2015, Third Mutual's plug-in car policy for residents who park in Garden Villa garages and other carports went into effect. (This new policy does not affect owners of units with garages who already pay for their own electricity--and does not include owners of plug-in cars in United or the Towers.)  If you live in Third and own a plug-in electric car, you can apply for a sticker from the Security and Community Access Division in the Administration Building. You will be asked to pay a deposit of $350 for one year to cover the estimated cost of electricity, and the clerk will take the reading of your mileage from your odometer.  At the end of the year, your mileage will be checked again. The number of miles you travelled will be multiplied by 3.5 (at an estimated 17 cents per KwH).  If that amount is less than $350, the excess will be carried over to the following year to make up the $350 deposit. If it is greater, you will be responsible for the difference.  
 
Cars can plug in to any electric outlet now available to electric golf carts. Residents who plug their electric car in without a sticker will be subject to a warning for the first offense, a $25 fine for the second, and a $50 fine each time thereafter.
 
No doubt there will be some hiccups in the policy, since it cannot allow for every contingency.  For example, a Chevy Volt can do 40 miles on electric but then switches to gas. An owner may put on 4,000 miles in one year with a large portion paid for by gasoline. This policy cannot be so fine tuned to take that difference in account.  
 


Energy Club's Mission


President's Message and Energy Subcommittee Report


Do We Need Nuclear Energy


Earth Day


Energy Club Membership Form


Energy News and Information


Energy Saving Videos


Solar Growth in California 2014


Solar Information and Owners in Laguna Woods Village


2013 Solar Decathalon


Solar Tour for Board Members

 

View videos of some of these owners describing their experiences in 2013:

 Interview with Sue Margolis                    http://youtu.be/CsoBol8iFas

 Interview with Michelle Stanton             http://youtu.be/p6zhRfWbTRU



Solar Energy Fair 2013


Accomplishments


Energy Club News and Update History


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