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SAFE Thermostat Disposal

Friday, June 19th, 2015

 

One of the services Kilowatt provides is the removal of old thermostats and the installation of new programmable thermostats. There are a wide variety of energy-saving and Wi-Fi thermostats to choose from. We can help you make a decision about the thermostat that will work best with your lifestyle.

Los Angeles Thermostat Service

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When upgrading to a new thermostat in Los Angeles , the proper disposal of the old thermostat is always a concern. Most old thermostats contain mercury. In the United States improper disposal of mercury thermostats results in about 9.6 tons or mercury released into the environment. Kilowatt is committed to properly dispose of mercury and keep it out of our landfills.

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In its elemental form, mercury exposure can cause symptoms such as tremors, insomnia, weakness, muscle atrophy, and migraine headaches. When released into the environment, this elemental mercury can be transformed into a much more dangerous form called methyl mercury. Methyl mercury exposure is extremely harmful to fetuses, infants and children and has been linked to birth defects as well as impaired brain and nervous system development (source U.S. EPA).

Presently, there are several collection sites known as S.A.F.E. CENTERS in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley where mercury thermostats can be properly disposed at no cost to residents.

These S.A.F.E. CENTERS were established by the Bureau of Sanitation and are open every weekend and provide a timely and convenient way to dispose of your residential, household e-waste including your old mercury thermostat.

Here are the SAFE drop-off locations in Los Angeles:

  • Northridge: Nicole Bernson SAFE Collection Center

    10241 N. Balboa Blvd.
    Northridge, CA 91325
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays, and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

  • Los Angeles: LOS ANGELES-GLENDALE TREATMENT PLANT

    4600 Colorado Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90039
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Playa del Rey: HYPERION TREATMENT PLANT

    7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B
    Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Sun Valley: RANDALL STREET

    11025 Randall St.
    Sun Valley, CA 91352
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • West Los Angeles: UCLA

    550 Charles E. Young Dr. West
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
    Hours of Operation:
    Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
    8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    * This site accepts electronic waste on Saturdays only.

  • Los Angeles: WASHINGTON BLVD.

    2649 E. Washington Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Hours of Operation:
    Saturdays and Sundays
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Can You Afford To Be Green?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

If you are like most Los Angeles homeowners your electric bills are high and your home comfort system accounts for the largest portion of your electricity usage.

Fortunately new technology is helping people to save up to 56% of the money they spend on heating and cooling. That’s big savings. Especially considering that DWP confirmed there will be rate hikes of 5-7% every year for the next 20 years.

The Federal Government and California really want you to be green. Right now $1,250.00 in Tax Credits and Utility Rebates are being offered to Los Angeles homeowners who install energy-efficient heating and AC equipment. There are also manufacturer’s incentives that crop up periodically which can represent substantial savings. Don’t worry! We stay current and always make sure you benefit.

 

When you put the energy savings together with the rebates, tax credits and the manufacturers incentives; it is safe to say that high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems pay for themselves.

Yay! You CAN afford to be Green.

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