September 2020
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Renewable Electricity and Propane Offset Program
Winter Preparations
Recycling in Kirkwood
Chipping Program

Renewable Electricity and Propane Offset Program

Annually, the District offers a voluntary program for our customers to choose 100% renewable electricity and offset 100% of the emissions generated from propane use. We all experience the effects of climate change and this is an opportunity to choose personal action on the emissions resulting from electricity and propane use in your Kirkwood residence.  This is purely a voluntary program.  As a California Public Utility, this year the District provided 35.75% renewable electricity and will gradually increase that to 60% by 2030 as required by law. Given the already high cost of electricity in Kirkwood, this program is offered only as a voluntary program. Additionally, while it is not possible to provide “renewable propane”, we provide an offset program that pays for reducing emissions in California equal to emissions generated from combustion of propane. This offset program is also voluntary. Our goal is to make voluntary participation an easy annual process for all who want to participate. On October 5, all homeowners registered through kmpud.com will receive an email with the actual costs of having 100% renewable an/or offsetting all propane emissions.  Participation costs are typically under 2% for electricity and under 10% for propane. The ability to participate in this program will be available from October 5-30.

                                          Winter Preparations

With summer winding down, now is the time to get your property ready for winter. Don’t wait until the last minute to insulate your house, protect your propane and electric meters, create defensible space and service those furnaces! If you have tree limbs and brush on your property, take advantage of the free roadside Chipping Program, ending after the second week of October, weather permitting. See the Chipping Program article below for more information.
Some items which may need to be on your Winter Prep check list include:
• Make sure your Snow Removal Contract is in place.
• Mark your Water shut-off and ensure that it’s accessible.
• Give your heating system a test run so you know it will work properly when you need it.
• Replace the filter on your furnace.
• Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Stock firewood. • Buy an extra snow shovel and put in an accessible place.
• Examine doors and windows for gaps where warm air can escape and apply caulk or weather stripping around drafty areas.
• Make sure chimneys and fireplaces are checked and cleaned.

Recycling in Kirkwood

Orange bags for disposing of your recyclables are provided by ACES Waste Services and can be picked up at the District office, located on Loop Road, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please call the office at (209)258-4444 to arrange a time to pick up your recycling bags. Place all of your recyclables in these Orange Bags then dispose with your regular garbage. The orange bags are then sorted out at the ACES Waste Services facility in Ione, CA and sent to a large recycling center. This method of recycling allows a mix of recyclables in one bag and significantly increases the recovery of recyclable materials in a cost-effective manner. Each year, California exports about one third of the recyclable material it collects. Most of that material goes to China for processing and manufacturing into new products. Global recycling markets are changing, and China has placed new, strict regulations on imports of recyclable materials which has led to materials piling up at recycling facilities and declining market values of recyclables. These changes are a significant challenge for the recycling industry. You can help by keeping food waste, plastic bags, single use plastics and trash out of your recycling bags.

Acceptable Recyclables
Paper & Cardboard
Aluminum & Tin Cans
Glass Jars & Bottles
Plastic Bottles & Containers Gift Wrap

Unacceptable Items
Broken Windows & Mirrors
Styrofoam
Food Waste
Waxed Cardboard
Hazardous Waste Single Use Plastics (plastic bags, straws, plastic wrap, food packaging)

If you have questions, call the District office at (209)258-4444

Chipping Program

With funds raised at the 2014 Kirkwood Summer Festival the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department purchased an Echo Bearcat Wood-Chipper and has been providing roadside chipping free of charge to help Kirkwood homeowners create defensible space on their properties. Having 100 feet of defensible space around your home, as required by California law, dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire and provides safety for firefighters when protecting your home. CalFire staff has stated publicly that they will return again this year to perform inspections of defensible space compliance.

For those of you who stacked piles of branches to be chipped during the scheduled August chipping, please be aware that the wood-chipper is being repaired and your pile will be chipped as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

Here’s what you need to know:
• District staff will perform chipping brush and limbs that have been stacked correctly during the second weeks of September, and October (weather permitting) respectively. The Chipping Program will end after the second week of October. Any brush or limbs stacked after October 9, 2020 will not be chipped this year.
• Stack only cut brush and limbs under 4 inches in diameter within 5 feet of the road edge, with cut ends facing toward the road, no higher than 4 feet. Pile in windrows like firewood, not heaped like a beaver dam (as seen in the picture below). Keep materials free of pinecones, pine needles, mud, rocks, wire or other items that will clog or damage the chipper.
• Do not stack in the road, next to fire hydrants, culverts or in any way that will impede traffic on the road.
• No building debris, natural material only. Materials that cannot be chipped for any reason, including incorrectly stacked materials, will not be chipped or removed.
• All chipped material will be returned to the homeowner’s property

 

KMPUD Board of Directors:
Eric Richert - President; Bob Epstein - Vice President;
Standish O’Grady -Treasurer; Peter Dornbrook - Secretary; Bertrand Perroud - Assistant Secretary; Website: www.kmpud.com Call: (209) 258-4444 Email: info@kmpud.com
Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

 

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