Switch off fossil fuels
Fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, are a primary cause of climate change. These emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, creating a heat trapping blanket. Manufacturing the goods we purchase, driving gasoline powered vehicles, and heating our home are all examples of how we interact with fossil fuels on a daily basis. Ashland's goal is to have clean energy by 2050. We can achieve this goal by making adjustments and innovations to our daily lifestyle.
By switching to low or no carbon energy sources we can lower our carbon footprint.
What You Can Do
By taking steps at home you can make the switch off of fossil fuels. Here are a few simple steps to help you get started.
Walk, bike, or take public transit
We can opt to choose more environmentally friendly modes of transportation such as:
Home Energy Review
Sign up for a free home energy review.
A free home energy review is done by our Residential Energy Analyst to help identify ways to reduce your energy use or get more out of the energy you currently use. The energy review may help you improve energy efficiency, save money, make your home more comfortable, and reduce your environmental impact.
Switch to electric yard tools
Gas-powered machines emit greenhouse gas emissions and air and noise pollution. Most of your favorite tools have electric or battery-powered alternatives such as:
- Electric leaf blower
- Electric chain saw
- Electric lawn mower
- Electric string trimmer
Certain electric yard tools can also be used during fire season.
Electrify your transportation
Go green by electrifying your transportation.
The transportation sector contributes 23% of Ashland's greenhouse gas emissions. By choosing electric or no to low-carbon transportation we can help keep our grid clean. The City of Ashland supports the transition to electric and low carbon transportation with the following incentives:
- Electric vehicle incentive
- Electric bicycle incentive
- Commercial charging incentive
Electrify your home with energy incentives.
The City of Ashland offers a wide variety of incentives to allow citizens to make energy efficient and environmentally friendly home improvements.
- Heating and cooling
Click the link below for a full list of incentive programs.
Do a home energy retrofit
Making home energy upgrades can help increase your energy efficiency.
Energy improvement projects can help improve home comfort and save money. By increasing energy efficiency you are also reducing your carbon footprint and reliance on non-renewable sources of energy. If you are considering a home upgrade, check out the list of incentives the city offers.
"In 2017, we pledged to gasoline consumption for our two person/two car household to less than 200 gallons a year, or about 1/6 the national average. We started with a plug-in hybrid for one car and were well under 200 gallons for the first two years. Now we have a used EV (less than $9000 with no rebates!) for one car, a smaller SUV (35 mpg highway) for the other, and this year we're on pace for less than 100 gallons. Okay, COVID was a factor, but we're pledged to hold the line at 100 after it's over."
Contact Us For Information
Use the form below to ask questions about our climate and energy programs.