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Sustainability at Work

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Tips to go green in 2016: Energy

Simple changes, like using LED light bulbs and making your home more energy efficient, can save energy and money and increase the comfort of your home.

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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.
  • Adjust your thermostat to be cooler in winter and warmer in summer—a few degrees either way will keep you comfy and keep energy bills down.
  • 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! 
  • Buy clean power from your utility company. It’s a few bucks a month and helps promote clean, renewable energy.

Find more low cost/no cost energy efficiency tips from Energy Trust

Own a home?

The average home has the equivalent of a basketball-sized hole in the wall due to air leaks throughout the house. Stop leaks with insulation and duct sealing.

  • With a caulk gun and some weather-stripping 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.
  • Or get help, including financial incentives and expert guidance, to make energy efficiency home upgrades (or add solar!) from local non-profits Energy Trust of Oregon and Enhabit.

Find additional tips and resources.

Energy is in everything

Ever wondered if it’s more sustainable to use a paper towel and throw it out, or use a cloth towel and wash it? Check out this six minute TED Talk, where one self-proclaimed data nerd tackles this question, and many more, as she looks at the embodied energy in things we buy and use.

Graphics and information from the City of Portland’s Climate Action Now.