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How Energy Efficient is Your Home?

How energy efficient is your home? Find out with an energy assessment, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself – or both! Understanding your home’s energy use is the first step to improving its efficiency and saving you money on utility bills. (Most info below from City Light’s energy conservation page.) Get a […]


Seattle Recognized as the Nation’s Most Sustainable City

STAR Communities announced today that Seattle has been awarded a 5-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The City achieved the highest score to date, and is only the second in the nation to achieve the 5-STAR rating for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability and sustainability […]


Greening the Emerald City, One Home at a Time

Community Power Works is driving clean energy innovation and generating economic growth by delivering energy efficiency solutions to Seattleites – more than 3,000 of whom are enjoying homes that are more efficient, healthier and safer, warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and less expensive to heat. In 2010, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and […]


Ditch Your Oil- (and Money-) Guzzling Furnace

It is still warm out now, but fall and winter are around the bend, so it’s not too soon to start taking steps to make your home warmer and more energy efficient, and save you money on those heating bills. Seattle City Light customers* who live in oil-heated homes or 2-4 unit buildings may be […]


Financial Assistance Available for Utility Bills

Fall is just around the corner, and for many that means a choice between higher utility bills or colder homes. However, the City is working hard to make sure that families will not have to make that choice. Mayor Murray has challenged city departments to double enrollment in the Utility Discount Program (UDP) by the […]


Did You Know: Street Trees 101

Seattle’s public rights-of-way along our streets provide an excellent opportunity to add trees to our city. Street trees can help calm traffic, give neighborhoods beauty and character, and even increase the value of homes. The City of Seattle encourages residents to plant trees along public streets. But there are some special requirements you may not […]


Free and Discounted Water Saving Toilets

(re-posted from SPU’s blog) Free Toilets (Income-qualified only) Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with Minor Home Repair, is providing free toilets and installation for income-qualified homeowners. For example, a family of four earning less than $4,905 per month may qualify. Homes must be located in Seattle and have existing toilets installed before 2004. For more information, […]


Duwamish River Festival, Aug. 23

Come celebrate Seattle’s river this Saturday, August 23, at the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s ninth Duwamish River Festival! Bring friends & family for music, dance, food, boating, information, and urban water connections. This is a FREE event! The event is still looking for volunteers – sign up and give a little time to support this amazing community […]


Making the Most of Urban Fruit Trees

It’s late summer and that means harvest time for lots of fruit trees, including apples, pears and plums. This bounty can sometimes go to waste when fruit doesn’t get picked when it’s ripe, or there’s just too much fruit for one family to use when things ripen all at once. Luckily, there’s help if you […]


Sat. 8/16 – Beacon Hill Volunteer Work Party

Renew our urban landscape!  Come join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors in renovating the traffic triangle at 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S. Join your neighbors and help us take the first steps towards creating a wonderful landscape that all will enjoy by helping us pick-up trash, weed, and mulch. Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave […]