Get Your Green Start (Audits and Tips)
When comparing an average home to an energy efficient home, it is possible to reduce annual utility bills by 40%. The typical single-family home uses more energy and puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. We are here to help you make informed decisions on how to reduce your consumption of energy and natural resources.
There are many easy actions you can do around your home to save energy and money. Here are Ten Tips to get you on your way. We also offer free education and training programs throughout the year. Check back regularly on our Events page!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Continue down the path of conservation and reduce more greenhouse gas emissions by adhering to the County’s new curbside recycling code for single family homes and duplexes. The new code increases the amount of materials that must be recycled and bans television and computer monitors that contain a traditional picture tube (cathode ray tube—CRTs) and thermostats containing mercury from being thrown away as trash.
Required Recyclable Materials include:
- Mixed paper (magazines, newspapers, office paper, junk mail, and miscellaneous papers)
- Aluminum cans
- Glass (bottles and jars)
- Plastic (bottles, jars, plastic tables, chairs, and buckets)
- Metal household items (e.g. large household appliances, bicycles, cabinets, doors, grills, iron furniture, and miscellaneous metals)*
Learn more about the new recycling code here. Also check out the recycling video at the bottom of this page.
Renovate or Build Green
If you’re looking to renovate or build a new home, you can participate in the County’s Green Home Choice Program. The program provides a support system and resources for builders and homeowners who want to build green.