First Steps

Next Steps

Big Steps

Getting Started

Calculate your personal carbon footprint

View the Climate Action Center on the City of Chico Website to review the city's Climate Action Plan, related initiatives and resources

Create a carbon budget, and identify areas where you can cut back. Read up on the facts related to global warming

Make a plan to reduce your carbon emissions by 5% per year

Energy Conservation

Save energy and costs: Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs

Turn off appliances and electronics when not in use; plug into power strips wherever possible. Learn about phantom load

Learn how to fully utilize your home's smart meter

Get a free home energy audit

Get a free water conservation kit and other resources

Replace old appliances with Energy Star appliances

Utilize your utility's many other resources

Retrofit your home to be more energy efficient For a list of federal tax incentives visit

For a list of rebate programs by state visit

Install solar panels


Maintain your car; properly inflate tires and keep it tuned up for efficient driving

Shift daily trips to walking, cycling, carpooling, or public transportation; this is one of the most impactful things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your health with more exercise.

Purchase the most fuel-efficient vehicle that can comfortably meet your needs

Waste Reduction

Recycle more and recycle right

Reduce needless waste by taking your own reusable bags and containers with you when you shop

Start your own compost bin. Learn how to do it easily at home

Buy fresh, local food and produce at the farmer's market

Plant a vegetable garden in your backyard

Know of an unused space or empty lot in your neighborhood? Start a community garden!

Water Conservation

Save Our Water. Save Our Water is a statewide program aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use. Here are some of the tools:

Get a free water preservation kit and other resources:





Learn about the best ways to care for your trees and help them grow to their full potential. Sponsor and/or be involved in tree plantings in Chico

Spread the word about climate action in our community