Get Involved with Sustainability

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The City of Palo Alto offers a wide variety of programs, incentives, and rebates that may help you take action to enhance your own sustainability efforts.

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Resources that make it easier for you to do your part

Energy and Water Tips and Resources

Rebates and Services

  • The City offers a variety of energy and water rebates, services, and resources to help make your home more efficient.
  • Ready to take the next step in efficiency and electrification upgrades in your home? The Home Efficiency Genie can help.
  • Learn more about Electric Vehicles, Chargers, and available rebates.
  • Did you know that an old refrigerator could be one of the highest energy using item in your home? Especially if that old refrigerator is gold, avocado green, or dark brown, it is using a lot of electricity! A great way to reduce your electric bill could be to have it recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner and replace it with a new efficient appliance. If you have an old refrigerator or freezer that you don't use any more, let the City of Palo Alto Utilities come take it off your hands. We will do the heavy lifting and even compensate you with a $50 rebate. Learn more about our Refrigerator Recycling program.
  • The City partners with Valley Water to offer stormwater rebates to residents and businesses in Palo Alto.
  • If you are struggling to pay your energy bills, the City can help. Apply for the Residential Energy Assistance Program.

Zero Waste

  • Did you know that 26% of Palo Alto's residential garbage is composed of food that went bad and was thrown away? Food is too good to go to waste! Learn tips on how you can reduce food waste in your home or business.
  • Choose one (or use all) of the What Goes Where tools to determine what is recyclable and compostable.
  • Become a Zero Waste Block Leader in your neighborhood! Zero Waste Block Leaders are “experts” who help answer recycling and reuse questions, provide information to neighbors on ways to reduce household waste, and help Palo Altans take action on moving closer to zero waste.