A Week of Action for Salmon and Steelhead (April 12 to 16). Get involved!

Help protect Idaho's climate

Clean air, snow-packed mountains, cold rivers, and lakes — people from all over come to Idaho to experience our natural wonders. You can help protect these special places and Idaho’s air quality and climate by working to eliminate Idaho’s reliance on fossil fuels.

 

 1. Support local, clean energy production

 2. Save energy and money by increasing your home’s efficiency

Support local, clean energy production

Today clean energy is less expensive and more reliable than fossil fuels, which Idaho has historically imported to meet our energy needs. These fossil fuel imports drain dollars from our state and make us less secure by hooking us to long supply lines. As Idaho recovers from the vital public health measures taken to protect Idahoans from the coronavirus pandemic, our state needs to focus on rebuilding a resilient and prosperous local economy.

Congress is currently debating massive investments to spur economic recovery. The fossil fuel industry is looking for a bailout. Instead, we need to tell Idaho’s Governor, Representatives, and Senators to advocate for the best interest of Idaho’s economy and climate. Speak up now to ensure coming federal investments support clean energy in Idaho. Doing so is the most impactful thing we can do to keep energy dollars at home while putting Idahoans back to work, all while protecting our climate.

Windmills at sunset

Save energy and money by increasing your home’s efficiency

These simple steps will help you save money while reducing your energy pollution footprint. While these suggestions may seem small, they add up to a big difference.

  • Manage your lights — Lighting is the largest energy consumer in the home. Be sure to turn off lights during the day. Notice which lights you use the most and replace those with LED bulbs to save energy and money.
  • Program your thermostat — Heating/cooling is the second largest user of energy at home. Adjust your thermostat to reflect your normal routine. In summer, keep your house warmer than normal, and set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you need cooling. For winter, we recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when home and 7 – 10 degrees cooler when away or at night.
  • Follow the sun — Notice how the sun moves around the house during the day. If it’s cool out, open the curtains to let the sun in. That way you get light and heat — for free!
  • Look into energy savings programs — Check out the energy savings programs from your local utility provider such as free energy savings kits, home energy efficiency assessments, and credits for new appliances. Idaho Power, Avista, and Pacificorp all have great programs to look into. When you participate in these energy savings programs, you are using less energy in your own home and letting your utility know you value conservation.

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