help reduce carbon

and save

Anyone can join the charge (even free of charge). Take a look at these 37 clean power tips and help us lead the global Clean PowerCity℠ movement right here at home.

For your drive

go electric
Purchase or lease an electric vehicle. You’ll save on fuel costs and reduce your emissions. Get started at smud.org/DriveElectric.
bike or walk
Choose to bike or walk instead of driving, even if only for a few trips, to help reduce your carbon footprint.
ride public transit
Ride public transit to produce lower carbon emissions when compared to driving your gas-powered vehicle.
drive efficiently
Make sure your car’s tires are inflated properly. Low tire pressure takes more fuel to move your car.

For your home

eat local
Eat and shop local, like your local farmer’s market, to reduce transportation emissions.
electrify your yard
Swap gas powered leaf blowers and mowers for electric equipment to avoid generating pollution.
Greenergy - clean energy program
Join Greenergy to meet the electricity needs of your home or business with clean energy. Visit smud.org/Greenergy.
paperless billing
Save paper by enrolling in paperless billing at smud.org/Paperless
wash in cold
Wash your laundry in cold water, it’s just as effective and it’ll save you energy too.
grow some shade
Plant shade trees to help keep your house cool during hot weather and clean the air we breathe. Get your free trees at smud.org/ShadeTrees.
shop thrifty
Try trading, borrowing or buying second-hand clothing or buy clothes made from eco fabrics to minimize your impact on resources.
eco-friendly clothes
Buy clothes made from eco-friendly fabrics like cotton, wool, linen or hemp. They are safer for the environment, biodegradable and can be recycled.
smart thermostat
Save energy with a smart thermostat and get instant rebates at SMUDEnergyStore.com.
weatherize your home
Save energy in your home when the weather is hot or cold by adding insulation or sealing doors and windows.
grow your produce
Start a garden at home or join a community garden to grow your own fruits and vegetables. You’ll eat cleaner and beautify your surroundings.
shop smart ship smart
Consolidate your online purchases to reduce packaging and the number of shipments.  
reusable bags are best
Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to avoid single-use shopping bags.
turn off water
Take shorter showers, install low-flow showerheads and turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ll to minimize water waste and save energy, too.
unplug when full
Unplug your phone and other electronics when the battery reaches full charge to help control energy leaks. Chargers continue to use power as long as they’re plugged in.
cool with fans
Use fans instead of central air conditioning, whenever possible. A fan costs about 90% less to operate than an air conditioner.
solar outdoors
Choose solar-powered outdoor lights to take advantage of clean and free power from the sun. Plus, they’re easy to install and maintain.
power down from 5-8 p.m.
Avoid using appliances from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when demand for electricity is highest. Learn more at smud.org/TOD.
water smart
Water your lawn and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. to ensure your plants get the most of the water by minimizing evaporation.
keep it 78
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. You’ll be comfortable and save on heating and cooling costs.
go electric
Consider upgrading to a heat pump HVAC, the most advanced and efficient heating and cooling system available. Learn more at smud.org/HVAC.
unplug the small stuff
Unplug small appliances and electronics, like coffee makers and printers when not in use. These items continue using power as long as they’re plugged in.
full loads only
Only run the washing machine when you have a full load. You’ll save water, energy and money.
smart electronics
Turn down brightness levels and set automatic eco- and energy-saving features on your TV.
hibernate electronics
Use automatic computer sleep and hibernate modes to help reduce wasted energy consumption.
shade to cool
Keep excess heat out by using light-colored blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny sides of your home or business. Make sure draperies are insulated or lined.
close the flue
If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep hot or cold air from escaping up the chimney and out of your house.
simplify cooking
Use a slow-cooker or crockpot pressure cooker and air fryer to cook stews and other single-dish meals. You'll save energy, time and effort.
hang to dry
Hang laundry outside to dry during warm weather and use a drying rack inside during cooler weather. Air drying clothes uses less energy and saves you money.
clean filters
Clean or replace your HVAC filters every 3 months to increase efficiency.
print double-sided
When you must print a document, use double-sided mode. It's an easy way to halve your paper consumption.
compost waste
Make a compost pile or worm bin to reduce the impact of wasted food.
recharge and reuse
Use rechargeable batteries for items like TV remotes instead of single use batteries. And don’t forget to recycle single use batteries.
efficient pool pump
If you have a pool, use a variable speed pool pump to help minimize energy use and save money by running during off-peak hours.
battery storage
Got solar? Add battery storage and use more of the clean, emission-free energy you produce. Get started at smud.org/StorageRes.
solar power
Consider adding solar and power your home with a clean, renewable emissions-free energy source. Learn more at smud.org/Solar.
eat local
Eat and shop local, like your local farmer’s market, to reduce transportation emissions.
electrify your yard
Swap gas powered leaf blowers and mowers for electric equipment to avoid generating pollution.
Greenergy - clean energy program
Join Greenergy to meet the electricity needs of your home or business with clean energy. Visit smud.org/Greenergy.
paperless billing
Save paper by enrolling in paperless billing at smud.org/Paperless
wash in cold
Wash your laundry in cold water, it’s just as effective and it’ll save you energy too.
grow some shade
Plant shade trees to help keep your house cool during hot weather and clean the air we breathe. Get your free trees at smud.org/ShadeTrees.
shop thrifty
Try trading, borrowing or buying second-hand clothing or buy clothes made from eco fabrics to minimize your impact on resources.
eco-friendly clothes
Buy clothes made from eco-friendly fabrics like cotton, wool, linen or hemp. They are safer for the environment, biodegradable and can be recycled.
smart thermostat
Save energy with a smart thermostat and get instant rebates at SMUDEnergyStore.com.
weatherize your home
Save energy in your home when the weather is hot or cold by adding insulation or sealing doors and windows.
grow your produce
Start a garden at home or join a community garden to grow your own fruits and vegetables. You’ll eat cleaner and beautify your surroundings.
shop smart ship smart
Consolidate your online purchases to reduce packaging and the number of shipments.  
reusable bags are best
Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to avoid single-use shopping bags.
turn off water
Take shorter showers, install low-flow showerheads and turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ll to minimize water waste and save energy, too.
unplug when full
Unplug your phone and other electronics when the battery reaches full charge to help control energy leaks. Chargers continue to use power as long as they’re plugged in.
cool with fans
Use fans instead of central air conditioning, whenever possible. A fan costs about 90% less to operate than an air conditioner.
solar outdoors
Choose solar-powered outdoor lights to take advantage of clean and free power from the sun. Plus, they’re easy to install and maintain.
power down from 5-8 p.m.
Avoid using appliances from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when demand for electricity is highest. Learn more at smud.org/TOD.
water smart
Water your lawn and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. to ensure your plants get the most of the water by minimizing evaporation.
keep it 78
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. You’ll be comfortable and save on heating and cooling costs.
go electric
Consider upgrading to a heat pump HVAC, the most advanced and efficient heating and cooling system available. Learn more at smud.org/HVAC.
unplug the small stuff
Unplug small appliances and electronics, like coffee makers and printers when not in use. These items continue using power as long as they’re plugged in.
full loads only
Only run the washing machine when you have a full load. You’ll save water, energy and money.
smart electronics
Turn down brightness levels and set automatic eco- and energy-saving features on your TV.
hibernate electronics
Use automatic computer sleep and hibernate modes to help reduce wasted energy consumption.
shade to cool
Keep excess heat out by using light-colored blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny sides of your home or business. Make sure draperies are insulated or lined.
close the flue
If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep hot or cold air from escaping up the chimney and out of your house.
simplify cooking
Use a slow-cooker or crockpot pressure cooker and air fryer to cook stews and other single-dish meals. You'll save energy, time and effort.
hang to dry
Hang laundry outside to dry during warm weather and use a drying rack inside during cooler weather. Air drying clothes uses less energy and saves you money.
clean filters
Clean or replace your HVAC filters every 3 months to increase efficiency.
print double-sided
When you must print a document, use double-sided mode. It's an easy way to halve your paper consumption.
compost waste
Make a compost pile or worm bin to reduce the impact of wasted food.
recharge and reuse
Use rechargeable batteries for items like TV remotes instead of single use batteries. And don’t forget to recycle single use batteries.
efficient pool pump
If you have a pool, use a variable speed pool pump to help minimize energy use and save money by running during off-peak hours.
battery storage
Got solar? Add battery storage and use more of the clean, emission-free energy you produce. Get started at smud.org/StorageRes.
solar power
Consider adding solar and power your home with a clean, renewable emissions-free energy source. Learn more at smud.org/Solar.

For your community

avoid plastic
Avoid products with excessive plastic packaging. You’ll help lower carbon emissions form producing, transporting and disposing of the plastic.
community cleanup
Volunteer for cleanups in your community. A cleaner community is a healthier and more beautiful community.
go resuable
Choose reusable products (like a reusable water bottle) instead of single-use throwaways to curb waste and reduce the burden on landfills.
eat plant-based occasionally
Consider replacing meat-based meals with a plant-based option on occasion. Plant-based foods use less water and help reduce carbon emissions.
take a hike
When out and about, skip the elevator and take the stairs.
eat local
Eat and shop local, like your local farmer’s market, to reduce transportation emissions.
electrify your yard
Swap gas powered leaf blowers and mowers for electric equipment to avoid generating pollution.
Greenergy - clean energy program
Join Greenergy to meet the electricity needs of your home or business with clean energy. Visit smud.org/Greenergy.
paperless billing
Save paper by enrolling in paperless billing at smud.org/Paperless
wash in cold
Wash your laundry in cold water, it’s just as effective and it’ll save you energy too.
grow some shade
Plant shade trees to help keep your house cool during hot weather and clean the air we breathe. Get your free trees at smud.org/ShadeTrees.
shop thrifty
Try trading, borrowing or buying second-hand clothing or buy clothes made from eco fabrics to minimize your impact on resources.
eco-friendly clothes
Buy clothes made from eco-friendly fabrics like cotton, wool, linen or hemp. They are safer for the environment, biodegradable and can be recycled.
smart thermostat
Save energy with a smart thermostat and get instant rebates at SMUDEnergyStore.com.
weatherize your home
Save energy in your home when the weather is hot or cold by adding insulation or sealing doors and windows.
grow your produce
Start a garden at home or join a community garden to grow your own fruits and vegetables. You’ll eat cleaner and beautify your surroundings.
shop smart ship smart
Consolidate your online purchases to reduce packaging and the number of shipments.  
reusable bags are best
Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to avoid single-use shopping bags.
turn off water
Take shorter showers, install low-flow showerheads and turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ll to minimize water waste and save energy, too.
unplug when full
Unplug your phone and other electronics when the battery reaches full charge to help control energy leaks. Chargers continue to use power as long as they’re plugged in.
cool with fans
Use fans instead of central air conditioning, whenever possible. A fan costs about 90% less to operate than an air conditioner.
solar outdoors
Choose solar-powered outdoor lights to take advantage of clean and free power from the sun. Plus, they’re easy to install and maintain.
power down from 5-8 p.m.
Avoid using appliances from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when demand for electricity is highest. Learn more at smud.org/TOD.
water smart
Water your lawn and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. to ensure your plants get the most of the water by minimizing evaporation.
keep it 78
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. You’ll be comfortable and save on heating and cooling costs.
go electric
Consider upgrading to a heat pump HVAC, the most advanced and efficient heating and cooling system available. Learn more at smud.org/HVAC.
unplug the small stuff
Unplug small appliances and electronics, like coffee makers and printers when not in use. These items continue using power as long as they’re plugged in.
full loads only
Only run the washing machine when you have a full load. You’ll save water, energy and money.
smart electronics
Turn down brightness levels and set automatic eco- and energy-saving features on your TV.
hibernate electronics
Use automatic computer sleep and hibernate modes to help reduce wasted energy consumption.
shade to cool
Keep excess heat out by using light-colored blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny sides of your home or business. Make sure draperies are insulated or lined.
close the flue
If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when the fireplace is not in use to keep hot or cold air from escaping up the chimney and out of your house.
simplify cooking
Use a slow-cooker or crockpot pressure cooker and air fryer to cook stews and other single-dish meals. You'll save energy, time and effort.
hang to dry
Hang laundry outside to dry during warm weather and use a drying rack inside during cooler weather. Air drying clothes uses less energy and saves you money.
clean filters
Clean or replace your HVAC filters every 3 months to increase efficiency.
print double-sided
When you must print a document, use double-sided mode. It's an easy way to halve your paper consumption.
compost waste
Make a compost pile or worm bin to reduce the impact of wasted food.
recharge and reuse
Use rechargeable batteries for items like TV remotes instead of single use batteries. And don’t forget to recycle single use batteries.
efficient pool pump
If you have a pool, use a variable speed pool pump to help minimize energy use and save money by running during off-peak hours.
battery storage
Got solar? Add battery storage and use more of the clean, emission-free energy you produce. Get started at smud.org/StorageRes.
solar power
Consider adding solar and power your home with a clean, renewable emissions-free energy source. Learn more at smud.org/Solar.

join the charge

Clean power giveaway

Fill out the form below to receive your free t-shirt and stickers and support SMUD as we 🔥 blaze a trail for the world to follow with our zero carbon efforts.