Sustainability at Home


Be More Sustainable at Home

There are lots of steps you can take to be more sustainable at home. Start with the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge, look at these tips, and then follow the links provided to learn more about other sustainable practices:

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The City of Eugene and EWEB have teamed up with 350Eugene to support the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge.  


The Eugene Carbon Free Challenge utilizes a website to educate individuals and households about how to reduce greenhouse gas emission in a fun and meaningful way. Participants can input information about the type of transportation they use, their energy use, and how they dispose of waste to calculate the their carbon footprint.  


Participants can earn points by choosing actions that lead to greenhouse gas emissions reductions such as:


  • Use more active transportation
  • Use less energy by adjusting the thermostat and adjusting appliance use
  • Eat food with a lower carbon footprint

To add some friendly competition to the challenge, participants can create teams and compete against their neighbors.  


Oregon Home Energy Score Tools

Home Energy Score systems help homeowners and homebuyers better understand a home's energy use, and how even small improvements can make a big difference in energy savings.


Bike, Bus or Walk

Use alternative transportation to save money on gas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, get a healthy workout and get to know your neighbors, all at the same time.


The ToolBox Project

Lane County residents can access a volunteer-driven home and garden tool-lending library to transform their homes, businesses and neighborhoods.


Buy Locally

Purchase organic, local products to support our economy and reduce the impacts of production and transportation. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags!


Change a Light

Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights can save you up to 15% on your electricity bills. Replacing them with LEDs will even save you more.


Eat Less Meat

Studies have shown that consuming meat and dairy products has a similar effect on climate change as driving your car. This doesn’t mean you have to give up meat altogether. Just try having a vegetarian meal a few times a week.


Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Upgrade your home and save both energy and money. EWEB and NW Natural offer a variety of incentives and services to help you improve the energy performance of your home. 


Simplify Your Life

Limit your purchases. Buy second-hand products and appliances. Purchasing out of necessity limits waste and reduces greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the production and transport of goods.


EWEB Greenpower

EWEB has made it easy and affordable to switch to a cleaner, renewable energy source.


Use a Low-Flow Showerhead

A low-flow showerhead uses 60% less water and could save you $200 per year.


Utilize Curbside Recycling

Eugene’s recycling rate is over 50%, but there’s always room for improvement!


Tell Your Friends

Share these tips and what you’ve learned with friends, family, and co-workers.