What You Can Do

Become part of the solution! From smaller, everyday activities to large, long-term investments, you can help Seattle maintain its status as one of the greenest cities in the country, while realizing the financial and health benefits of green building and energy-smart improvements. 

At Home

Community Power Works

Community Power Works helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.

Professional Home Energy Audits

Receive a deeply discounted home energy audit through City Light and Community Power Works. This stem-to-stern analysis evaluates current home insulation levels, windows and doors, heating and cooling equipment, ductwork, and more to develop an Energy Performance Score and a list of energy improvements.

Green Building

Green building is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.

Purchase Energy Efficient Products

Look for the Energy STAR label on products that consume energy (e.g., appliances, electronics, and furnaces) and those that impact energy use (like windows and roofing material).

Purchase healthy building products

Look to the Washington Toxics Coalition for information on least-toxic and healthier options for home repair and building materials

Buy Green Energy

Add Green Up! To your City Light electric bill for an easy, low-cost way to participate in the renewable energy economy. A small monthly payment directly supports the development of renewable energy installations in the Northwest.

Energy Conservation for Homes

Seattle City Light provides rebates when purchasing electricity saving products for the home, including appliances, heat pumps, lighting and showerheads.

Energy Efficiency for Gas Homes

Puget Sound Energy rebates are available for home energy audits, weatherization services, and home heating and water heating products

At Work

2030 District

An interdisciplinary public-private collaborative working to create a high-performance building district in downtown Seattle. The 2030 District uses the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Planning performance goals for energy, water, and transportation CO2 reductions.

Green Building

Green building is a building design, construction, and operation approach that provides a host of benefits to people and the planet.

Purchase Energy Efficient Products

Look for the Energy STAR label on products that consume energy (e.g., appliances, electronics, and furnaces) and those that impact energy use (like windows and roofing material).

Buy Green Energy

Add Green Up! To your City Light electric bill for an easy, low-cost way to participate in the renewable energy economy. A small monthly payment directly supports the development of renewable energy installations in the Northwest.

Commercial Energy Audit

The first step in saving energy is to know how and where you’re using it. Seattle City Light performs facility audits for medium- and large-sized commercial energy customers.

Conduct a Water Audit

Seattle Public Utilities’ Water Smart Technology Program provides free water use audits to qualifying commercial customers to establish their “water footprint.”

Green Building Certification Programs

Green building and energy efficiency certifications provide assurance that a builder has instituted measures to increase the performance of a building. Consider certifying your new building under one of the green building rating systems available.

City Light Energy Conservation Resources

Factsheets and rebate information for businesses, including case studies, overviews for different types of businesses (restaurants, grocers, data center/IT), and general lighting/lighting control tips.

In Your Community

Renewable Energy

Seattle's Energy Supply is Growing Greener. You can help!

Capitol Hill EcoDistrict

Seattle residents of Capitol Hill have the unique opportunity to contribute to neighborhood-scale environmental improvements in six different performance areas (community, transportation, water, habitat, and materials) through Capitol Hill Housing’s EcoDistrict project.

Community Climate Projects

Apply for grant funding to organize your community to reduce its climate impacts. Projects can focus on any number of activities, including those that encourage residential energy conservation.