What Can I Do?

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Lowering your carbon footprint benefits more than just the environment—it can make your home more comfortable, save you money, and make your family healthier. Did you know that 98% of emissions in Mountain View come from the community (as opposed to municipal operations)? YOU have the power to make a big impact by making your life more sustainable!

There are many things you can do to lower your carbon footprint, from small changes in habits that can have big impacts over time, to bigger actions with large financial savings. We hope we can help make the process a little easier by showing some of the most effective things you can do and providing resources to help you follow through.

Below are some actions you can take to stay informed, learn new information, and lower your carbon footprint.

For more information and ideas on what you can do, check out the "Resources" section on the sidebar of this page. Have an idea we didn't cover? Leave a comment below!

Lowering your carbon footprint benefits more than just the environment—it can make your home more comfortable, save you money, and make your family healthier. Did you know that 98% of emissions in Mountain View come from the community (as opposed to municipal operations)? YOU have the power to make a big impact by making your life more sustainable!

There are many things you can do to lower your carbon footprint, from small changes in habits that can have big impacts over time, to bigger actions with large financial savings. We hope we can help make the process a little easier by showing some of the most effective things you can do and providing resources to help you follow through.

Below are some actions you can take to stay informed, learn new information, and lower your carbon footprint.

For more information and ideas on what you can do, check out the "Resources" section on the sidebar of this page. Have an idea we didn't cover? Leave a comment below!

  • Check Out "Resources & Rebates" for Residents

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    04 May, 2020

    On the Sustainability website, we have compiled a wide variety of resources and rebates available for Mountain View residents. Some of the areas covered include electric vehicles, energy efficiency, renewable energy, PG&E rebates, public transit, bicycling and walking, ride-sharing and car-sharing, commuter benefit programs, and water conservation.

  • Check Out "Resources & Rebates" for Businesses

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    04 May, 2020

    We have a separate page on the Sustainability website for resources and rebates available for businesses. Check out this page to learn more about opportunities for businesses related to electric vehicles, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green business programs, PG&E rebates, recycling and zero waste, transportation, and water conservation.

  • Send Us Your Sustainability Story

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    04 May, 2020

    Do you take shorter showers? Do you garden? Do you try and avoid single-use plastics? Whatever you are doing to live more sustainably, we want to hear your story! Sharing what community members are already doing and how they’re doing it can be a source of inspiration for others to take actions in their own lives. Use the tab at the bottom of this page to submit a story, or by emailing sustainability@mountainview.gov.

  • Measure Appliance Energy Use with a Kill-A-Watt Meter

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    04 May, 2020

    Are you curious how much energy your various home appliances use? Are you aware that many electronics, such as TVs, DVRs, set-top boxes, and game consoles continually use energy, even when they are turned off? Want to investigate which are the worst offenders so you can stop these energy “leaks” and reduce your energy bill?

    The Mountain View Public Library has Kill-a-Watt meters for check-out. Simply unplug an appliance in your home, plug the Kill-a-Watt meter into the outlet, and then plug the appliance into the Kill-a-Watt meter. A digital display will show you how many watts the appliance is using. Be sure to turn the appliance “on” and “off” so you can see the difference in electricity use.

    For more information, search the Library Catalog for “kill-a-watt.”

  • Water Conservation

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    04 May, 2020

    Most of us know that conserving water is good because water can be scarce, and water bills can be expensive. Something you may not realize is that the water you use is also responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, since used water is sent to a treatment plant, where energy is needed to clean the water before it is discharged back into our ecosystem. On the City’s Water Conservation page, residents and businesses can find information on free landscaping classes, a water use analysis program, leak check instructions, how to read a water meter, and how to schedule a professional irrigation inspection for free. Customers who discover water leaks may also be eligible for a water credit.

    Residents can find more information on water conservation rebates and programs here, and businesses can find equivalent information here.

  • Disaster Resilience

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    04 May, 2020

    One result of climate change is the increasing frequency of natural disasters. This means that now, more than ever, we need to be prepared for emergencies. The City’s Public Works Department offers information and resources regarding flood protection and safety tips, such as where to get sandbags, what to do before/during/after a flood, information on flood insurance, flood maps, and more. Additional information on emergency preparedness can be found here.

  • Take Our Top 10 Challenge

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    04 May, 2020

    On Earth Day 2017, we put together a list of ten actions you can take to help move us towards a more sustainable future. Taking the Top 10 Challenge is a great way to take action and lower your carbon footprint. Mark actions you are already doing with a "X" and those you are committing to with a check mark. Don’t worry if you can’t do all of them—every step counts! We encourage you to commit to at least one additional action. Reach out to sustainability@mountainview.gov if you have any questions.