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It’s Easy Being Green – In Your Home!

There are lots of ways you can make a difference for climate protection in our community, just by taking small actions right in your home. Here are some ways for you to be part of the community solution to climate change.

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 www.RethinkWaste.org.

Green@Home - Redwood City and non-profit Acterra have teamed-up to provide a great way for households to make climate-friendly choices. With the help of trained volunteers, the Green@Home program offers home energy audits, FREE! You'll gain a great set of recommendations for how to improve your household's energy efficiency.

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. And 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.

Redwood City’s Make Your Gallons Count Challenge is a great way to make a commitment to save water. If every person in our community pledges to use just 10 gallons less water per day, we will achieve incredible water savings. Many of you are already doing a lot to save water, from installing high efficiency toilets to monitoring and adjusting your sprinkler system, and from fixing leaking faucets to installing low water-use landscaping, and more. Take the Make Your Gallons Count Challenge today and you’ll save even more!

Energy Use Reduction - There are many tips and ideas to save energy in your home on the web. Pick and choose the tools that are right for you - take a look at EnergySavers from the US Department of Energy; ClimateSmart from PG&E; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Page; or the Peninsula Cool Campaign which includes a great "carbon calculator you can use to help plan your home energy reduction.

Verde Talk is a monthly educational and networking series on energy conservation and green building topics, held at the Redwood City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. Everyone, from homeowners to architects to contractors, is welcome to join in for light refreshments, relaxed conversations, and short presentations on how to build and maintain quality, high-performance, safe and healthy homes. The series is held from 6:00-7:30pm once each month. Click here for more information.

Use a Certified Green Gardener to save water and maximize sustainable landscaping practices. The Bay Area Green Gardener Program educates and certifies residential landscapers in resource efficient and pollution prevention landscape practices. Certified Green Gardeners utilize practical, sustainable landscaping skills to reduce water use, to select the most appropriate plants including California natives, to build nutrient-rich soils by promoting plant's natural cycles, and to prune selectively and properly to compliment the natural form and needs of the plant. They are also trained in integrated pest management and the use of alternatives to pesticides and herbicides. Read more about the Certified Green Gardener program, and see a list of Certified Green Gardeners.

Community Gardening - Community Gardens provide families and neighborhoods with fresh, local, organic foods - and help build community! Get general information about how you and your neighbors can build community together by starting a community garden - or visit our specialized Community Gardens page.

 

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