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