SMUD Promotes Energy Conservation with Library

Workshop series helps families save money and the environment
By Brandon Macken
July 16, 2019

Sacramento Public Library will be continuing a partnership with SMUD to offer educational workshops for the community. In the second year of the program, these workshops will offer consumer information on subjects involving energy-saving tips, basics of an electric vehicle, robotics workshops and solar panel energy.

The purpose of the summer workshop series is to help teach families about better ways to control their energy expenses so they can save money for their household and help the environment.
Jacobe Caditz, the supervisor for energy education at SMUD, is grateful for the platform the library offers for his company to connect with its customers. “SMUD, as a not-for-profit community-owned electric utility, is committed to providing affordable, reliable and sustainable power to our customers.  As part of that commitment, we educate our customers about ways they can lower their energy bills and make their homes and businesses more comfortable and convenient,” Caditz said. “Partnering with the library is a great way to reach our customers in their communities, helping to put them in control of their energy costs.”
Seven workshops for children and adults are available for the rest of this year. 

Hands-on Workshops

Build a Solar Pet Robot (Ages 8+): Time frame: 1.5 hrs. — Bring the kids to this family-friendly workshop where children and their accompanying guardian will build a solar-powered pet using a solar robot kit provided by SMUD. Children must be accompanied by an adult and only one kit is provided per family.

1. September 12 | 4 p.m. | Rancho Cordova Library | Contact us to register

2. October 19 | 2 p.m. | North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library | Register

3. October 22 | 4 p.m. | Martin Luther King, Jr. Library | Contact us to register

Race to Light It Up (for children 8+ only): Time frame: 1 hr. — Join SMUD for this action-packed class that will teach children about different types of light bulbs. From a light-bulb relay race to a hand-cranked generator demonstration, kids will leave knowing how efficient LED bulbs are. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

1. October 18 | 3:30 p.m. | Fair Oaks Library | Register

2. November 13 | 4 p.m. | Carmichael Library | Register

3. December 11 | 4 p.m. | Rancho Cordova Library | Contact us to register
Crafting with Circuits (Ages 8+): Time frame: 1.5 hrs. — Join SMUD for this fun, hands-on class designed to teach kids about electric circuits. Children will learn the components of a circuit and create their own LED name tag (must be accompanied by an adult).

1. October 12 | 11 a.m. | Martin Luther King, Jr. | Register

2. December 14 | 2 p.m. | Carmichael Library | Register

Classroom Style Workshops

Lighting for Your Health: Time frame: 1 hr.  — Did you know that lighting can affect your sleep, mood and health? Learn simple, low-cost, energy-efficient lighting tips designed to help you feel energized during the day and sleep better at night. 

1. August 17 | 2 p.m. | Pocket-Greenhaven Library | Contact us to register

Stovetop Cooking Techniques: Time frame: 1 hr. — Learn fundamental techniques from Chef Dave Nelson for stovetop cooking including saute, pan fry, searing, and more. This demonstration uses the library’s new induction cooktops, available for checkout through the Library of Things.

1. August 31 | 2 p.m. | Pocket-Greenhaven Library | Contact us to register

2. September 13 | 3:30 p.m. | Arden-Dimick Library | Contact us to register
3. September 14 | 3:30 p.m. | Fair Oaks Library | Contact us to register

4. September 21 | 1 p.m. | Walnut Grove Library | Contact us to register

Energy Efficiency Tips to Help You Save: Time frame: 1 hr. — Join SMUD experts as they explain simple ways to save energy and money while keeping your home comfortable. This class will discuss SMUD programs, energy efficient technologies and simple ways you can change your habits to save.

1. September 14 | 2 p.m. | Pocket-Greenhaven Library | Contact us to register