The Green Energy Match Program Ends

Dear San José Resident,

The Green Energy Match program sent out the last round of energy statements and coupons for energy savings in July 2013. GEM has been suspended as the city of San Jose and WattzOn take the time to evaluate and re-configure the program. If funding is available in the future a similar program may be provided again. Participants still have an active account at; we urge them to use this tool for continued savings.

GEM is proud to say that the 650 participants have achieved REAL savings over the last three years, and have made significant progress towards San Jose’s Green Vision goal of reducing 50% energy per capita by 2022.

Participants saved between $20-40 a month which adds up to $250- $500 dollars a year that would otherwise have been spent on utility bills.

Almost 6,000 coupons have been awarded for energy savings. Thanks to dozens of local businesses, who graciously accepted our coupons over the last three years, we urge you to continue to giving these merchants your business.

Coupons for this final month will be valid until the end of October, 2013.

Finally, a huge thank you to YOU! This could not have been possible without your enthusiasm and dedication. Residents in this program have proven that saving energy doesn’t have to be painful, and can even put significant money back in your pocket and into the local economy.

Thank You! Keep up the savings!

Gabrielle Trudeau

Energy Outreach Specialist, WattzOn



Green Energy Match savings give back to the community

Mary KeenanMary Keenan won $50 to Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market for her energy savings through the Green Energy Match (GEM) program. She joined the program in 2012 and has received GEM coupons for saving energy in the past. Keenan is a Willow Glen resident and a lead volunteer for the Silicon Coastal North Relay for Life that is part of the American Cancer Society. She was thrilled to receive the gift card because Fresh & Easy recently donated to Relay for Life in Willow Glen.

Resident Wins First $50 Gift Card for Energy Savings

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Jamie Brandt is the first recipient of the $50 gift card awarded through GEM’s monthly raffle. Congratulations!

The raffle is open to all participants in GEM, and every 5% energy savings is an entry into the monthly contest.  Jamie won the March raffle.

From left to right, the photo shows Jamie Brandt, her husband Michael, their son Zachary and Gabrielle Trudeau, an energy consultant from WattzOn.

Jamie joined the Green Energy Match (GEM) program in May of 2012 after reading about GEM in the city of San José recycling newsletter. She enjoys receiving the monthly statements, and seeing her savings as compared to last year.

The Brandts became interested in energy savings when they found out they would be joined by another member into their family; they knew their energy use would change as their family grew. Jamie’s biggest “like” about GEM? The frequent reminders about energy use that help create awareness about home energy use and all the ways to save energy.

The GEM team is proud to announce our first winner, and look forward to featuring other raffle winners in the coming months.

Save 5% or more on your utility bill to earn any or all of these rewards:

1) Sign Up! Every 5% saved earns you a 50%-off coupon to use at one of our Participating Merchants

2) Every 5% saved in energy and gas earns you one raffle ticket for monthly drawings to win one of three $50 dollar gift cards to San José merchants.

3) Text ENERGY to 68398 for weekly energy tips and a chance to win a $10 gift card to a local merchant.

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WattzOn CEO Martha Amram, and city of San José staff, Shayna Hirshfield, present early results from GEM at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) today.

The talk will review the early results from an innovative public private partnership between WattzOn and the city of San Jose, CA: Green Energy Match (GEM).  With city assistance, WattzOn has developed and delivered a behavior-based energy savings program in three neighborhoods.  The energy savings results are strong. The talk will review the outreach methodology, the savings results, and lessons learned.  The program has served three very demographically different neighborhoods, with significantly different outreach results. There is also a strong economic argument for GEM, in that saving energy increases household income and thus local spending.  The data behind this argument will be presented.  GEM is now being expanded city-wide and we hope that this presentation will sharpen our analysis, and prepare GEM for adoption by other cities.

Link to LBNL Seminars Webpage

The Silicon Valley Energy Map: Your One-Stop-Shop to Saving Money on Energy

The Silicon Valley Energy Watch, a GEM sponsor, has just released the updated Silicon Valley Energy Map. The online, interactive map provides the Santa Clara County community with comprehensive data on energy consumption, green building development, and solar implementation, as well as resources to help you take action. Learn about how your city is using energy, read a case study detailing the lighting retrofit your neighbors implemented in their business, calculate the potential and cost of installing solar on your roof, and find out what energy efficiency rebates are available in your area. The map is your one-stop-shop to reducing your energy use and saving money.

For further information about the resources and services SVEW offers, or to schedule a free, customized presentation for your group, please contact SVEW at 408-975-2580 or

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Green Energy Match in the Local News

Read about the Green Energy Match program in a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News and how GEM contributes to the City of San Jose’s Green Vision Goals to transform the city into a model of eco-friendliness by 2022. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to save energy and support your community!

Read all about it in the Mercury News.