ENERGY STAR Challenge Participant Story

Flex Your Power - California
San Francisco, California
Date Joined: December 06, 2005

Since 2001, Flex Your Power has worked with utilities, businesses, and governments to help Californians learn about the financial, economic, and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. Flex Your Power is encouraging California businesses and organizations to meet a 20 percent reduction as detailed in Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order S-20-04 (Green Building Initiative).

As an ENERGY STAR partner, Flex Your Power promotes ENERGY STAR qualified products and provides information on ENERGY STAR technical resources and financial tools throughout California. Since the goals of the Governor's Executive Order and the ENERGY STAR Challenge are complementary, Flex Your Power will:

  • Encourage building owners to measure the energy efficiency of their facilities using the ENERGY STAR performance rating system;
  • Support businesses, local governments, and schools in improving the energy efficiency of their facilities by 20 percent or more by 2015;
  • Recognize, in partnership with the EPA, organizations that demonstrate leadership by achieving a 10, 20, or 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency using EPA's energy performance rating system; and
  • Link the Flex Your Power website to tools available at, when appropriate, that help Californians save energy and money.

As a recipient of the ENERGY STAR award for excellence, Flex Your Power provides energy efficiency information and resources through newsletters, educational materials, and advertising. The Flex Your Power web site provides information on incentives and rebates, technical assistance programs, energy-efficient product, successful energy efficiency improvements, energy saving tips and other educational resources to help homeowners and business managers save energy and money.

Flex Your Power also provides annual recognition to California organizations that have significantly reduced energy use through energy efficiency, demand reduction, education and leadership, or innovations in a product or service. In addition to this recognition for energy efficiency achievements, Flex Your Power's e-Newswire provides up-to-date information and highlights on key energy issues and events that have an impact on the way Californians live and work.

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