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How your home affects the climate

Home energy use accounts for 20 percent of the average household’s carbon emissions in Multnomah County. Our community’s success in tackling climate change depends on the energy we use and the materials we choose for our homes.

Take action now for the climate

  • Track your energy use and sign up for green power.
  • Insulate and weatherize your home.
  • Remodeling? Reduce and recycle your construction waste.

These actions will help you:

  • Save money on your monthly utility bills.
  • Enjoy a more comfortable home environment. Home weatherization by a professional team reduces drafts, protects your home from moisture and improves indoor air quality.
  • Increase the value of your home. Weatherizing your home can qualify you for tax credits and rebates, while adding to the market value of your home.
  • Create healthy outdoor landscapes for people and animals.


Climate friendly actions you can take at home!

Ready for more? View the full list of climate-friendly actions!

Track your energy use

NW Natural Customers: Home Energy Analyzer  

Pacific Power Customers: Home Energy Analyzer

Portland General Electric (PGE) Customers: Home Energy Analyzer

Use renewable energy

Solar Now! – Expert solar advice, links to incentives and free workshops.

Portland General Electric Renewable energy Options

Pacific Power Blue Sky Renewable Energy

NW Natural's Smart 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 Portland – 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.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and US Green building Council (USGBC) ReGreen Program - Free downloadable guide to green home remodeling.

Clean up your indoor air quality

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) – Reduce lead, mold and asbestos in your home.

Portland Development Commission (PDC) Lead Hazard Control Program

Metro Green Cleaners

Conserve water

Portland Water Bureau

Reduce your construction waste

Habitat for Humanity ReStore – salvaged building material center.

The ReBuilding Center – salvaged building material center.

Metro’s Find a Construction Debris Recycler

Boneyard NW – online building materials exchange.

MetroPaint – Using recycled paint reduces waste, avoids production and shipping of new paint and it's a locally produced product!

Landscape naturally

Metro Natural Gardening

Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Ecoroof Program

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