Community Post


By now you’ve probably received your energy use rating from Seattle City Light. If you’re concerned about your score here’s a free way to learn how to save energy, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint at a workshop I’ll be facilitating with my friends from Sustainable Seattle. 

SustainableWorks, a non-profit general contractor and energy efficiency organization, and Sustainable Seattle, a non-profit organization motivating businesses and neighborhoods to take action for sustainability have been awarded funding to launch an energy efficiency training and action program to the Central District and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. 

By becoming a SNAP (the Sustainable Neighbors Action Program) volunteer you will get the know-how to share practical energy efficiency tips with your friends and neighbors. The free training and materials you will be provided will enable family, friends, and neighbors to save energy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprints. 

SNAP volunteers will be offered a two part training. Part 1: How to conduct a do-it-yourself energy inspection of your home; Part 2: a walk through of a Central District home with an eye out for saving energy and saving money on energy bills. Volunteers will be asked to share the love with their family, friends, and neighbors. 

The Details: 
Session 1: September 12th from 6-9 PM 
Session 2: September 15th from 10 AM – 12 NOON 
Location: Session 1:  CENTERSTONE, formally CAMP, 722 – 18th Ave. 98122                                                         Session 2:  A Central District home, TBA at Session 1

For further information contact [email protected], Due to limited space, pre-registration is necessary. Register at (the volunteer link).


  1. Why does City Light feel the need to “score” us? Shouldn’t they be concentrating on selling us power, and collecting payments? No wonder they are raising our rates. This is just more government busywork from our taxpayer subsidized power company!

  2. It’s often the case that the energy used in keeping your home running is wasted energy. There may be an easily fixable reason why your house is using more energy than your neighbors. An indication of how your house is performing may lead you to discovering why your house is performing as it is, which may lead you to fixing the problem; thus saving energy, and saving money on your energy bills.

    I think City Light’s motivation is to provide energy efficiently, and that’s ultimately a benefit to all of us.

  3. Seattle City Light has supported energy efficiency and conservation for more than 30 years. It’s our first resource of choice to meet growing energy needs. By helping our customers use less energy and save money, the utility doesn’t need to acquire additional, more expensive energy resources to provide for population growth, new commercial development and other demands. And that helps us keep our rates among the lowest in the country.

  4. Efficiency isn’t just about what is better for the planet, it is also cheaper and easier to achieve than building more power plants. City Light is putting effort and money into customer efficiency because it is too hard to build more dams and politically crazy to propose a fossil fuel power plant.

  5. Perhaps they should also look at their own practices. How much waste is created by all those flyers and program info they send us? Stop sending mail with the exception of bills – with no stuffers – for those who desire USPS delivery.

  6. According to the EPA, our homes are responsible for 17% of all greenhouse gas emissions. The average amount of CO2 generated by a single family home is 9000 lbs per year. Homeowners can make a huge difference, especially in the absence of a national energy policy, and energy efficiency improvements can knock that number down by up to 40%. The environmental ROI for those mailers and flyers and such will be worth it if consumers take action.

  7. Butch — you can get notified of your bills online and pay them online. No stuffers! No stamps! The only physical mail I’ve received from City Light for the last 2 years has been that quarterly energy use rating.

  8. Like many others in the CD, I live in a 100+ year old house. The energy efficiency improvements we made last year after an energy audit have cut our electricity bills by 40% or more in winter.

  9. To report that eleven brave souls attended session one at Center-Stone, and will meet on Saturday to shadow a professional energy efficiency auditor as he looks through a Central District home, circa 1897.

    These sessions will repeat on October 4 and 6th. Watch for announcements.