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Don’t forget your coat (Mom was right)

Earth Day is April 22, so tip your hat to Mother Earth by listening to what Moms have been saying for years.

Don't forget your coat (for you or your home)

Why Mom was right

An extra layer protects you from the cold – and the same rings true for your home and workplace, whether that means wearing a sweater inside, or adding extra insulation to your home or building.

And it makes a big difference: About 20 percent of all carbon emissions come from our homes – on average, more than our cars.

How it benefits you

Making your home more energy efficient reduces utility costs and increases the comfort of your home, keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer.

Things you can do

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 energy bills down.

Wash clothes with cold water and hang-dry 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 tips on low cost and no cost energy efficiency improvements from Energy Trust.

Go big at home

The average home has the equivalent of a basketball-sized hole in the wall due to air leaks throughout the house!

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.

Get financial incentives and expert guidance on making energy efficiency home upgrades (or add solar!) from local non-profits Energy Trust of Oregon and Enhabit.

More things Mom got right (but let’s keep this between us):

Carbon emissions data from the City of Portland’s Climate Action Now.