Energy keeps the lights on, our homes warm, our food cold, and our computers and factories running. Most of the energy we use to power these activities is from either electricity or natural gas. Energy produced through the combustion of fossil fuels causes pollution and climate change. In order to curb this trend, we must reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and develop more renewable, reliable and cleaner energy sources. Find out how Berkeley is progressing to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Energy
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Saving energy is the first step. Energy efficiency and energy conservation are the cheapest, easiest and cleanest ways to reduce energy. Energy conservation refers to saving energy by changing behavior, such as turning off lights when they are not needed. Energy efficiency is achieved through technology, such as insulation upgrades, switching out old lightbulbs, or installing high efficiency EnergyStar appliances. The more efficient our buildings and our homes are, the less energy we use. For more information, see Energy Efficiency
is made from sustainable resources like wind, water and sunshine. Renewable energy can be called clean energy or green power because it doesn't produce the same pollution as fossil fuels. In Berkeley, the major renewable energy source is solar. For more information, see Solar
Build green. Green buildings provide healthy building interiors, maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment.
Climate Action Plan
Be part of the solution, take action on climate change. The Berkeley Climate Action Plan is rooted in the vision for a sustainable Berkeley that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also creates a local vibrant, healthy community. Check out our goals and progress at: www.cityofberkeley.info/climateprogress