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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Your choices at home affect the climate, too

Here’s where you can make a big impact (and save some cash). About 22 percent of all carbon emissions come from our homes – on average, more than our cars!

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Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, which last so long that you’re looking at up to 20 years of energy bill savings.

With caulk gun and some weatherstripping tape, you can be a DIY weatherization champ. Seal cracks around windows, doors and wall outlets to reduce drafts, protect against moisture and improve indoor air quality.

Try taking a shorter shower, and hang dry your clothes rather than using a clothes dryer. Tweaking a few home habits can make a big difference! Bonus – you save on water bills, too!

Do more to fight climate change!

Ready to take your climate actions to the next level? 
Find additional actions to increase your impact.

Looking for inspiration? 
Read our blog for even more tips and ideas to fight climate change.

Resources to help you get started

Be a smart energy user

Use renewable energy

Improve your home’s energy efficiency

  • Energy Trust of Oregon – Cash incentives, home evaluation tools and contractor assistance for homes heated with natural gas or electricity.
  • Clean Energy Works Oregon – Lower your home energy bills through weatherization and home equipment upgrades with no upfront costs.

Get technical assistance

  • Fix-it Fairs – Free workshops and booths offering advice on saving money in your home, offered three times a year.

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