Green Living at Home

Green Living at Home

Your home is your castle, but the bills can still be affordable. Living green saves you money and protects the community from harmful pollutants.

Save energy

These small changes make a big difference on energy bills!

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips. Turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in Standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Visit for more energy saving ideas.

(Source: DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

Learn how Cleaner Greener Lincoln is helping the community save energy and money.


Whether you're a homeowner or a business, Lincoln provides easy options for recycling office paper, newspaper, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. You can drop items off at one of Lincoln's 27 public drop-off sites or subscribe to a curbside hauler for a low monthly rate. To learn more about recycling in Lincoln visit the City Recycling Office website.

Lincoln-Lancaster County Official Recycling Guide

Landscape wisely

Plenty of opportunities exist to make your yard greener with ecologically-smart methods.

Rain gardens

photograph of rain garden

Strategically located in a small depression on a yard's natural slope, rain gardens capture rainwater runoff from roofs and driveways. This runoff typically has harmful pollutants if streamed into storm drains, but is very beneficial to the natural shrubs, perennials and flowers in a rain garden. Learn more on Watershed Management's rain garden information page.

Rain barrels

These 55-gallon containers are designed to capture rooftop runoff for non-drinking purposes. Benefits include mineral-free water for watering yards or washing cars and bicycles, pollution reduction and money savings. Learn more on Watershed Management rain barrel information page.


Starting a compost bin in your backyard is one way to create a natural soil additive for your yard and put to use your organic waste (i.e. banana peels and coffee grounds). If you need help getting started, the Recycling Office and County Extension hold free Backyard Composting Workshops every Spring and Fall.