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It’s Easy Being Green – In Your Home!

Making small changes in your home and around your neighborhood can make a big contribution toward climate protection. Be a part of the community solution to climate change in the following ways:

Redwood City Step Up and Power Down, a partnership between the City and PG&E, promotes events, offers workshops, and provides resources that make it easy and rewarding for residents to reduce unnecessary energy use. Find out more at Redwood City Step Up and Power Down.

San Mateo County Energy Watch offers programs and incentives for home energy efficiency projects; provides information on financing residential solar, EV charging, and other projects; and hosts workshops, classes, and trainings for residents of Redwood City, along with the other cities and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. To learn more about energy and money saving opportunities for your home, check out San Mateo County Energy Watch.

Energy Upgrade California and Home Upgrade - Energy Upgrade California is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. Home Upgrade, an Energy Upgrade California program specifically for Bay Area homeowners, identifies ways to strengthen your home’s energy efficiency and provides rebates and incentives for home improvements.

Peninsula SunShares – Along with streamlined permitting for residential solar projects, Redwood City is offering a solar group discount program for a limited time. Redwood City homeowners can receive free site evaluations and no-cost, no-obligation proposals from two local solar installers. Registration ends July 31, 2015.

PACE Financing programs – Redwood City offers PACE financing from to help you cover the upfront costs of home energy projects and installing solar. You can set up a 5 to 20-year payment plan and pay off your projects with the money you save on using less energy. Find out more about CaliforniaFirst and HERO PACE financing.

Connect, Redwood City! is a suite of mobility options within the City of Redwood City designed to change travel habits away from single-occupancy personal vehicle travel and reduce both vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions. Connect, Redwood City! includes car share, short distance vanpools, and Bay Area Bike Share.

Electric Vehicle Charging – Redwood City provides electric vehicle charging stations for public use at a number of City facilities, including the Jefferson Street and Marshall Street Garages, Redwood City Main Library and Redwood Shores Library, and Red Morton Community Center. Information about the station types, locations, hourly rates, and instructions can be found at the City’s EV Charging page.

Redwood City Water Conservation - What can you do to save water, and money? Redwood City’s renowned Water Conservation Program offers a great variety of free water-saving tools and programs. Be sure to log on and get your water allocation budget, to ensure your previous conservation efforts are recognized in the event of water rationing.

Recycled Water Fill Station – Redwood City offers recycled water free to residents who complete a short training and live within the Redwood City service area. Recycled water is an important drought-resistant water supply that significantly reduces potable water demand. The Fill Station Program recycled water is approved for a variety of outdoor uses, such as landscape irrigation and use in water features.

CartSMART Recycle, Compost, and Garbage service is provided by Recology - you'll reduce your garbage, because it's easier than ever to recycle, and you can also compost food matter and yard waste. More information on this service is available at

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) – The Door-to-Door HHW Program allows Redwood City residents to dispose of household hazardous waste and items such as fluorescent lamps, computers and sharps properly and safely, simply by calling or emailing to schedule a collection appointment.

For more information, please contact Vicki Sherman, Environmental Initiatives Coordinator, at 650-780-5917 or

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