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.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, and Meetings

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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

  • ReFuel Your Fun - Reusable Propane Cylinder. Gear up for greener grilling, eco-conscious camping, and tailgating with less trash – switch from disposable to reusable propane cylinders. They are an ideal solution for outdoor recreation enthusiasts and grill masters alike.
  • The City provides environmentally safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal for residents and small businesses. Americans generate 1.6 million tons of hazardous household products per year. The best way to reduce and prevent pollution from hazardous household products, protect the health of your family, and preserve the environment is to use less-toxic alternatives. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station provides environmentally safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal for residents.