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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

An LED Streetlight

The City of Sacramento recognizes that energy is an essential part of our everyday lives, from the lights that illuminate our homes to the machines and computers that operate our businesses. Increasing energy efficiency in existing and new homes and buildings, generating renewable energy, and motivating individuals to make choices that conserve energy will significantly reduce energy demand.


  • 15 percent reduction by 2020 for all buildings in the community and City municipal buildings
  • Zero net energy for new energy construction by 2030

What's being done?

  • Continually improving our permitting process through our Sacramento Streamline program.
  • Reducing energy use in municipal buildings through our Green Facilities Program
  • Generating clean energy by installing 3.5 megawatts of solar on municipal property
  • Installing LED streetlights

For more information see Climate Action Plan Chapter 4, Strategy 3.


What can I do?

Turn down water heater temperature and turn off your water heater during extended periods of non-use.

Use only cold water to wash laundry.

Unplug appliances, televisions and computers when not in use.

Install a programmable thermostat that allows you to adjust temperatures when you are away from home.

Make sure you have adequate insulation in your home.

In the winter set your thermostat down to 68 degrees during the day and 55 degrees during the night.

During the summer, set your thermostat to 78 or higher.