F.O.H Volunteers promote "green living"
at community events in Hercules.
Below: Low cost sprinklers conserve water use in backyards.
Mulch and native plants reduce needs for water.
Below: Drip system on potted plants saves
both water and time.
P.G.E. has school programs for study of
Below: Walking & biking paths along Bay Trail at
Shoreline Park will eventually lead to train and ferry depots in Hercules.
Information Available on
Renewable Energy Saves Wildlife:
Calculate Your Footprint
Dispose of Hazardous Waste- Free!
for residences in Hercules
Tips for Energy Conservation at Home:
PG&E is asking customers to:
- Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher
- Cool with fans instead of air conditioners
- Draw the drapes
- Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
- Use major appliances early in the day, or
later at night
Water Conservation Techniques Now Critical:
You can save up to 60 percent by
replacing your older (pre-1992) toilet with a new High-Efficiency Toilet
(HET). HETs use advanced technology to improve water efficiency and
improve flushing performance. For a limited time, CCWD is offering
rebates of up to $175 per qualifying toilet.
list of qualifying HET models and program guidelines, look here.
High-Efficiency Clothes Washer:
By replacing your older top-loading clothes washer with a
new high-efficiency model, you can save a significant amount of water
and energy. High-efficiency washers use 50 percent less water and energy
than conventional washers, and they are kinder to your clothes. For a
limited time, CCWD is offering rebates of up to $100.
For a list of qualifying models and program guidelines, look here.
Check for leaks in
your toilets by adding food coloring to the water in the Tank. If the
color appears in the bowl within ten minutes, it means you have a leak.
Typically, the leak is a result of the water level being set too high or
the flapper may need to be replaced. Leaks can cause a significant water
waste in an otherwise conserving household, so get them fixed!
Landscape Watering Schedule:
Managing your landscape
watering schedule can be the single biggest water saving action you can
take! Automatic sprinkler timers can be a great tool to save time, but
if not managed, they can automatically waste water every day.
Adjust the watering schedule at least monthly to reflect changes in the
weather. Inspect your landscape, including the soil moisture, to
determine if and when you need to water. For a typical home, reducing
the watering schedule by one-minute on each sprinkler station will save
more than 50 gallons per day!
a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch to your landscape. This will reduce water
evaporation by up to 70 percent. It will also reduce weeds and keep your
plantsí roots cool in the summer.
grass or lawn is the single biggest water using plant in most home
landscapes. Consider replacing some or all of your lawn with a beautiful
garden. There are many plants that will thrive in Contra Costa County
Paper or Plastic? Try a reusable canvas bag.
Now on sale at Lucky's and Safeway.
Click above for schedule of services throughout Hercules.
The Lynx offers rapid transit to San Francisco every 30 minutes.
Bike Paths and Routes In Hercules
Bike Trails Council of the East Bay
Below: Neighborhood biking club