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DATE: March 7, 2008 12:07:46 PM PST

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March 7, 2008  


LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today reminded customers that daylight saving time begins early this year at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.

"It is time to turn your clocks forward and a good time to review your energy and water routines. Customers should remember to re-set their lighting timers, as well as sprinkler timers to coincide with the extended daylight and to conserve energy and water," said LADWP Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Nahai.

"The yearly change in time provides a reminder for all of us to take the time to review our energy and water habits and look for ways to implement conservation steps. It not only will save you money, but will also benefit the environment as well," Nahai said.

The LADWP offers a variety of programs and incentives, as well as tips for our customers to save energy and in doing so-save money.

Customers are urged to implement water and energy saving habits now as we move into the warmer months and demand for energy and water increases.

The LADWP urges customers to take advantage of a wide array of energy saving programs offered by the Department, such as the Consumer Rebate Program that offers cash incentives for purchasing energy saving products, or the Refrigerator Retire Program. This program takes away old, energy-wasting refrigerators at no cost and rewards customers with a $35 rebate and free compact fluorescent lights.

LADWP customers can also receive up to seven free shade trees that can help reduce air conditioning costs through the Trees for a Green LA Program. The trees program is working in concert with Million Trees LA to help bring one million new trees to the Los Angeles urban forest. Other programs, such as the Solar Incentive Program and the Green Power Program are available to customers and businesses who want to "go green" by purchasing renewable energy.

In addition to these money saving programs, the LADWP offers these tips to use energy and water more efficiently:

1. Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.
2. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) wherever appropriate. 
   CFLs utilize 1/3 the energy of regular incandescent bulbs.
3. During the heat of day, close your drapes, shades, or blinds to reduce the extra heat from direct 
    sunlight and check your home for adequate insulation.
4. Plant shade trees, to cool your house and reduce the need for air conditioning.
5. Install / Use ceiling fans or whole house fans for comfort cooling.  
6. Set your air-conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer.
7. Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your  
    energy savings.
8. Clean or replace your air-conditioner's filter(s) every month to keep your air-conditioner running 
    more efficiently.
9. Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator and 
    check door gasket for tight fit and adjust if necessary.
10. Buy energy-saving "Energy Star" labeled appliances and products.
11. Limit the time you run your pool pump to six hours a day in the summer.
12. To conserve water do not water lawn(s) on windy days or during the hottest part of the day, when 
      evaporation is highest. 
13. Check your sprinklers for proper operation.  Make sure you are  watering your lawn and not the 
      sidewalk or street. Repair leaks.
14. Adding new plants to your yard?  Consider native and other drought 
      tolerant plants that need 2/3 less water.
15. Be aware of the "Energy Vampires." These are appliances that use
      energy even when you think they are not. Any appliance with a clock
      or "quick on" is using energy. Unplug these appliances when not in
      use or use a surge protector that can be switched off. 
16. Lower the temperature on your water heater.
17. Wash only full loads of clothes or dishes.
18. Check to see that your fireplace damper is closed tightly to hold cool 
     air in when the fireplace is not in use.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was established more than 100 years ago to provide a reliable and safe water and electric supply to the city's businesses and residents.  For more saving tips and information about LADWP's energy and water saving programs, please visit or call 1-800-GreenLA.


Contact: Kim Hughes
(213) 367-4417
(213) 792-9599-cell phone


For more information contact:
Kimberly Hughes
LADWP Public Affairs
(213) 367-4417
(213) 792-9599