The Bay Area, like the rest of the country, over-consumes and wastes water, energy and other resources on both a personal and regional level. But PG&E’s Retrofit Express program is reducing the demand for electricity by offering rebates to all commercial, industrial and agricultural customers who retrofit with energy-efficient fixtures. After conducting an audit PG&E pays up to $300,000 to replace lighting, air conditioning, motors and refrigeration appliances with more efficient counterparts and provides 100% equipment financing if needed. In 1995 the program saved enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes. Mervyn’s Stores cut their energy expenses by 15%.