By UW Sustainability | Nov 16, 2016

When we conserve energy, we not only enjoy cleaner air and a healthier environment, but also help protect the climate by reducing greenhouse gases.

Use this interactive tool to get practical pointers and tips on how to make your home more energy-efficient. It takes you on a virtual tour of a home and gives energy saving tips pertaining to each room (how cool is that?)!

Be a part of the solution – whether it’s at home, work, or in your community. From smaller, everyday activities to larger, long-term investments, you can help Seattle maintain its status as one of the greenest cities in the U.S.  

Don’t know which area of the house to start? EPA has online tools and calculators to help you evaluate the energy use in your home.

Want to know more about energy use at the University of Washington? The sustainability dashboard has information on UW's electricity use over time (and a whole lot of other data about UW's sustainability performance). You can also dig into the energy use of nearly every building on campus with the McKinstry energy dashboard (requires Silverlight plugin, may not work in Google Chrome). 

The UW Sustainability mascot, Sqwatch, is a sasquatch with a passion for purple and gold, and a love of the environment. As a sasquatch, Sqwatch knows how to leave a light footprint - and he's eager to help the UW community do the same. We'll be letting you in on some of Sqwatch's Secrets regularly, providing easy tips to reduce your impact and leave a lighter footprint.

See a list of all of Sqwatch's Secrets here.