There are many benefits to living more energy efficient lives, from cheaper electric and water bills, to spending less on gas, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Lake Oswego and regional partners, like Metro, PGE, and TriMet, have several programs in place to help residents live more efficient and affordable lives. Some of the City services are discussed below, with a few links to other regional programs.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Energy efficiency and conservation provide the best opportunity to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our GHG emissions. Learn more here.
Water conservation is closely related to energy conservation. More than half the electricity used by the City for its operations is to pump, treat, and move drinking water. Learn more about the City's water conservation program, including free technical assistance, rebates, and incentives.
Renewable energy may be the right choice for buildings once they have achieved high levels of energy efficiency. Solar, wind, geothermal, wave, biomass, and small-scale hydro are considered renewable energy resources in Oregon. The best resource for information on investing in renewable energy generation at home, or for efficiency upgrade incentives is the Energy Trust of Oregon.
PGE has the #1 ranked renewable energy program in the nation. There are several options for residential and business customers to participate in if they wish to purchase renewable power. Check out all the options on their Renewable Energy Options site.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A major concern to the Lake Oswego community and beyond is a changing climate due to increased greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from human activity. Learn more about climate change, Lake Oswego's GHG emissions, and actions we can take.
Find additional climate change resources here.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The City has installed electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Lake Oswego as part of two state-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging station infrastructure projects. Learn more about the projects here.