Cleaner Greener Lincoln has participated and sponsored numerous community events, including Lincoln Earth Day, Jazz in June, Celebrate Lincoln, and more!
Lincoln Energy Challenge
- Basic Energy Checkups:
- Actions Shared:
- CO2 Reduction:
- 564,160 lbs/yr
The Lincoln Energy Challenge ended August 31, 2011.
While we can no longer accept pledges, information is still available on this website for you to learn how to get comfortable saving money.
Numerous outreach events and a multi-media advertising campaign spread the word about the free energy efficiency supplies and information the Challenge offered to the community. As a result, 1,920 Lincoln households pledged to take action to reduce energy use. Hundreds of Basic and Professional Energy Checkups were conducted, and thousands of dollars in rebates were approved for participants who performed certain upgrades.
If you were one of the many Lincolnites who took the pledge, thank you for your involvement. We hope you are getting comfortable and saving money!
Here is a list of action steps you can take in order to save energy and money in your home:
- Turn off lights, electronics, ceiling fans and space heaters when not in use.
- Unplug small appliances - they drain power even when unused.
- Rearrange furniture so it's not blocking air vents.
- Clean the lint trap on your dryer each time it's used.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator to save power and keep the fridge cool.
- Don't use the dry setting on your dishwasher.
- Control your thermostat - 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer will keep your bills low and your home comfortable.
- Insulate windows with plastic wrap in the winter to stop frigid drafts.
- Place a towel or draft snake in front of doors to block cold air from seeping in.
- Latch windows in the winter.
- Replace your air filter once a month to ease the workload on your furnace and keep your environment clean.
- Set dehumidifiers at 50% (if you must use them).
- Turn down the water heater to 120 degrees.
- Shorten showers -they can use up to 80 gallons of water in just 10 minutes!
- Wash clothes cold to keep heating bills lower (and keep clothes nicer, too!)
- Fix a leaky faucet or toilet flapper to potentially save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
- Install a low-flow showerhead to save water.
- Attend a Household Hazardous Waste event.
- Recycle the basics at a drop-off site or with curbside service: plastics bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard.
- Get rid of the refrigerator or freezer in your garage (recycle them, of course!)
- Hang laundry on a clothesline or drying rack outside.
- Request a Basic Energy Checkup.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
- Use a mobile charging station that automatically shuts off when items are charged.
- Sign a maintenance contract for heating and cooling systems with a local contractor.
- Install a programmable thermostat and automatically control heat/air while away.
- Close gaps and cracks in duct work to stop conditioned air from leaking out.
- Install a ceiling fan in a favorite room during the summer to cut cooling costs.
- Hang up insulating drapes or shades on windows.
- Seal air leaks with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping.
- Install a storm door to reduce air leakage.
- Invest in Energy Star-qualified appliances and electronics: dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, computer monitors, televisions and more! Remember to recycle your old items.
- Recycle it all - never throw away a recyclable item, including ink cartridges, electronics, plastic bags and more. Find the comprehensive list on Earth 911's Recyclepedia.
- Compost food scraps, grass clippings and any other organic waste.
- Request a Professional Energy Checkup to pinpoint safety concerns and to learn customized energy saving ideas for your home.
- Upgrade heating, cooling or water systems to Energy Star.
- Insulate outer walls (including foundation)
- Upgrade attic insulation, making sure there is proper ventilation first.
- Install energy-star qualified windows, doors, or skylights and possibly qualify for rebates.
- Use the sun to heat water with a solar water heater.
- Save water heat that runs down the drain for future uses with drain heat water recovery.
- Harness natural energy with a geothermal heat pump.
- Insulate hot water pipes (and possibly the water heater itself).
- Generate hot water only as needed with a tankless water heater
- Move outside heat inside with an air source heat pump.
- Go solar! Use solar panels to generate energy.