Energy Efficiency at Home
Home Energy Efficiency 101 Workshops
The Sustainability Program has partnered with Water Services, local home contractor Cozy Home, and HomCo to host free Home Energy Efficiency 101 Workshops. At these workshops, a licensed contractor demonstrates simple home energy efficiency upgrades, how weatherize your home, and save money on your utility bills. Workshop participants receive a free home energy efficiency kit to kick-start energy upgrades. The kit includes weather-stripping, caulking, a low-flow shower head, faucet aerator, an LED lightbulb, and much more, and all items are demonstrated at the workshop so participants feel confident using them at home.
If you are interested in learning how to safely and effectively make energy efficiency upgrades in your home, attend one of our upcoming workshops! The next workshop season will begin Fall 2019.
Workshops for the 2019 to 2020 season
- March 4th, 2020, 6 to 7 pm, Hal Jensen Recreation Center:
2403 N Izabel Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
If you have additional questions call the Sustainability Program office at 928-213-2144 for more information and to sign up. You can also sign up online!
Home Energy Efficiency Tips
The Sustainability Section provides supportive programming to help Flagstaff residents lower utility bills, become more energy efficient, reduce energy consumption, and increase awareness of energy use.
The links below provide information to assist residents in completing simple home improvement measures to reduce energy costs. Each tutorial provides a list of the tools and materials needed, basic instructions, and general information regarding the improvement. In most cases, energy efficiency improvements pay for themselves over time because you will be paying for less wasted energy year after year!
- Department of Energy DIY Home Energy Audit Guide
- Tips on Saving Money and Energy in Your Home Guide (PDF)
- Consejos para ahorrardinero y energía ensu hogar guía (PDF)
- Installing Efficient Lighting (PDF)
- Using Power Strips to Kill Phantom Loads (PDF)
- Mulching to Conserve Water (PDF)
- Installing Outlet Gaskets to Seal Air Leaks (PDF)
- Low-Flow Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators (PDF)
- Installing a Water Heater Blanket (PDF)
- Worm Composting (PDF)
- How to Use a Programmable Thermostat
- More DIY Tips (PDF)
- Save Energy by Washing with Cold Water (PDF)
Energy Meter Lending Program
- Flagstaff Public Libraries now offer portable energy meters for check out - it's as easy as checking out a book!
- Energy meters are designed to easily measure how much electricity is used by plug-in appliances at home or at work.
- By simply unplugging your appliances and electronics (e.g. toaster, coffee pot, DVD player) when not in use, can save you energy and money.
- Energy meters are easy to use; simply plug the meter into an outlet and then plug your appliance or small electronic item into the meter. You will then instantly see how much electricity is being used and you can calculate the cost associated with the specific appliance or electronic. Check out an energy meter today:
- Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
300 W Aspen Avenue
- East Flagstaff Community Library
3000 N Fourth Street
- Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation
Low-income residents who own their own home are often unable to set aside the resources to maintain it. This leads to cumulative disrepair that can affect the health and well-being of those dwelling within, the feel and vitality of the neighborhood, and the stock of potentially affordable homes available to future residents. To address this issue, the City of Flagstaff administers the Owner-Occupied Home Repair Program. This program is voluntary and available to owner-occupied households meeting the following eligibility requirements:
- Your home must be owned by you and be your primary residence
- Your home must be within the city limits of Flagstaff, or within the boundaries of Coconino County (excluding tribal lands)
- Your home must have health and safety hazards
- You must meet household income guidelines
To learn more, visit the program page.
Flagstaff Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Distribution Project
Since 2008, the Flagstaff Sustainability Program has received grants from Arizona Public Service (APS) to distribute Compact Fluorescent Light (CFLs) bulbs to the Flagstaff community. Please see the final report for the 2011 project (PDF).
View Frequently Asked Questions from ENERGY STAR (PDF) about CFLs and mercury.
LED Holiday Light Swap
The Flagstaff Sustainability Program partnered with HomCo Lumber and Hardware for 6 years to provide LED holiday lights to residents at reduced cost. As of 2014, the program was discontinued in order to fund other important community sustainability initiatives. View the 2013 LED Swap Final Report (PDF).
For future reference, Home Depot has an annual light exchange where customers can swap out incandescent holiday lights for discounted LED lights. Check in with Home Depot around the holiday season for more details on this program.
Energy Retrofit Programming & Reporting
The City of Flagstaff's Residential Energy Retrofit Program saved the community thousands of dollars in utility bill costs. View the Energy Retrofit Program final report (PDF).
Interested in other energy efficiency and renewable energy services available to residents, businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations? Check out the Northern Arizona Energy Programming Resource Guide (PDF) for comprehensive information on programs and incentives.