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Monday, November 30, 2015
Office of Sustainability

Take the Sustainability Challenge

We have challenged ourselves by setting in motion a number of short-term and long-term goals. We would also like to challenge businesses and residents to matter by reducing their carbon footprint.

Sage Steps  - Go to Sage Steps to measure your personal "green score" based on the actual use of electricity, water, and natural gas for your household.  Find conservation tips and rebate information to help improve your score and save money. 

Take a Home Energy Audit

Reduce Your Footprint

Ways to Save on Energy

  • Weatherproof your house – By sealing your house up tight, your heater and air conditioner don’t work as hard and the energy you save means less fossil fuel burned at the power station to fuel your house.

  • Wrap your hot water heater in insulation – insulation can make your hot water heater even more efficient, saving an estimated 550 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

  • Use less hot water – Wash your clothes with cold rather than hot water and you will save 500 pounds a year. Put a low-flow showerhead in your shower and you will save another 350 pounds of carbon dioxide.

  • Change your thermostat – Turn your thermostat up in the winter or down in the winter by two degrees and you will save 2000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

  • Switch your light bulbs – For every standard light bulb you replace with a compact fluorescent light bulb, you will save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

  • Turn off electronics and unplug chargers when they are not in use and you will save a lot of energy and therefore carbon dioxide emissions.

Save on Fuel
  • Fill your tires with air which saves 30 percent on gas.

  • Cut your fuel consumption by one-fourth and save 2,500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

  • Make use of the county’s extensive bicycle routes.

  • Participate in the county’s ride share program.

  • Be more fuel efficient.

  • Give up bottled water (every bottle contains petroleum, a declining resource, uses three times its volume of water in manufacturing—and Americans are throwing away 860 million per week into our brimming landfills!)

  • It not only takes precious energy to pump water to your house and process waste water, but our precious resources are drying up.