Sustainability initiatives abound in Santa Clara

Potential homebuyers concerned about the environment may want to consider purchasing real estate in Santa Clara. City officials and local businesses alike have shown a genuine interest in making eco-friendly decisions.

Residential green-power rebates are available
The city of Santa Clara is dedicated to promoting the adoption of green practices, which is why residents who purchase power from the Silicon Valley Power company can now earn rebates. According to Silicon Valley Power, these financial incentives are offered to residents who install energy-efficient appliances, insulation in their attics or light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs.

For example, a homeowner who installs at least six ENERGY STAR-rated LED light bulbs can receive a rebate of up to $15 for each bulb installed. Installing attic insulation over at least 50 percent of the total attic space can save a homeowner $175. These green initiatives are available to residents who are interested in increasing the sustainability of their homes and decreasing the carbon footprint associated with their properties.

Santa Clara company dedicates efforts to going green
Santa Clara's municipal electricity utility provider, Silicon Valley Power, has announced that Applied Materials, Inc, a manufacturer of display solar photovoltaic equipment, will increase its purchasing of renewable energy. According to the city's website, the company will match 100 percent of the electricity it uses at its Santa Clara headquarters from Santa Clara Green Power.

"Conventional electricity usage is the nation's single largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.," said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. "By increasing its commitment to purchase green power, Applied Materials will reduce its carbon footprint and help advance the market for cleaner, renewable resources."

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's numbers, by buying green power from the Santa Clara facility, Applied Materials will avoid the creation of 31,132 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That figure is the equivalent of removing 6,104 passenger cars from the roads for a year, or the annual output of 14 large-scale wind turbines.

As one of the larger organizations in Santa Clara, Applied Materials' efforts to switch to renewable energy sources constitute a commendable change, which could further promote the adoption of green technologies in other local businesses.