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Energy Conservation Quiz

Learn about energy and how you can save energy plus recieve a free solar powered toy and be entered to win a larger solar toy!! (intended for youth under 18)

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Save Money & Energy in Your Home

Come by our office and - just like a book - check out the new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkit from North Valley Energy Watch. It's stocked with supplies and measuring devices that will help you lower your utility bills while saving precious resources.

Also available at Butte County's Public Libraries...Anyone with a valid Butte County Library card can check out a Toolkit for up to 3 weeks. Toolkits are available in 5 library locations: Chico, Durham, Gridley, Oroville & Paradise.

What's Inside

When you check-out a kit, you get to keep the LED light bulbs, faucet aerators, low-flow shower head, outlet gaskets, weather stripping, water nozzle, and water leak detection tablets.

Devices that enable the measurement of energy and water use are to be returned with the Toolkit box, include the:

  • Kill-A-Watt® Meter for measuring the energy use of appliances and equipment
  • Thermal detector that checks for heat loss through windows, vents and doors
  • Special thermometer that helps set refrigerators and freezers to appropriate temperatures
  • Water flow rate bag that measures the true rate of flow from faucets and shower heads

The toolkit includes a user guide with step-by-step instructions for measuring and reducing energy use, as well as links to instructional videos.



If you have questions about the toolkits, please contact BEC's office at 530-891-6424 or send us an email to

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Residents can also achieve energy savings with the help of energy audits and technical assistance offered from PG&E and Richard Heath and Associates (RHA). For more information, please contact North Valley Energy Watch at 530-892-9600.

This project is funded by California utility and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The North Valley Energy Watch is a joint project of Northern Rural Communities, Inc. and PG&E.

Tutorials : Watch these videos to learn how to use some of the equipment in the toolkit!

How to install a faucet aerator to save up to 2 gallons a minute! 



How to use the Thermal Infrared Thermometer to find problem spots in your home envelope.


How to caulk around windows and doors.