Cool Solutions for You

Want to conserve energy and money, but not sure you have what it takes? Our cool solutions can help anyone be a whole lot cooler. Scroll down at your leisure or jump to the area that floats your boat the most:

Become a Cool Home

Fill our Cool Homes Checklist/Survey online

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Print out the checklist (PDF) for your own use.

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Janet and Joe Krovoza
Janet and Joe Krovoza “fill up” their car with energy from their newly upgraded rooftop solar system. Yvonne Hunter/Courtesy photo.

Change Your Commute

  • Telecommute
  • Carpool
    • Not only will you save money on gas and reduce car emissions, but you can use the ride to get to know your coworkers (or even have carpool karaoke competitions)!
  • Bus or Amtrak
    • For a small, minuscule fee, you can get almost everywhere in Yolo county and beyond while simultaneously saving money on gas and reducing car emissions.
  • Reduce Air Travel

Change Your Mode in Town

  • Bike or walk to activities
    • For the more adventurous types who would rather get their exercise outdoors rather than in a gym, biking and walking is the perfect fit.
  • Unitrans

Change Your Habits 

  • Practice Eco Driving
  • Maintain Vehicles regularly
    • If not having a car is not a viable option, the next best thing would be to make sure that your vehicles are maintained and get them checked regularly by professionals.
  • Reduce Speed by 15mph
  • Consolidate trips
  • Take “stay-cations”

Change Your Vehicle

  • Drive a more efficient vehicle (electric, hybrid or micro)
  • Reduce the number of cars owned

Share or Rent


Orgun Orhan is devoting some of his retirement time to growing vegetables for hungry people.



  • Go meatless, vegetarian or vegan diets
  • Eat whole foods that are not processed
  • Raise chickens
  •  Buy fruits and vegetables in season or choose organic
    • Foods that are in season are at the peak of freshness and deliciousness. They are also cheaper than the cost of when they are out of season
  • Start a backyard garden


  • Use your own dish, bag, or jars
  • Compost
  • Recycle glass, plastic and metal
    • Recycling used materials saves energy because the process of recycling takes much less energy in comparison to generating new materials. The largest energy savings comes from recycling metals, but recycling plastic can help to reduce the amount of waste that is filling up our oceans and our sinkholes.
    • City of Davis Recycling
  • Reuse, repurpose and donate
    • Reusing and repurposing materials is not only good for the environment, but it will engage your creative and artistic sides.If you don’t have time or energy to repurpose items, don’t throw them away! You can donate used clothes, furniture and etc to organizations like Goodwill, SPCA and  All Things Right and Relevant
  •  rechargeable batteries
    • Rechargeable batteries can save you time, money and resources, since they hold a charge longer than non-rechargeable batteries and consume up to 23 times less non-renewable natural resources.
    • If you have regular batteries, don’t just throw them away! There are multiple pick up locations around Davis where batteries can be dropped off for recycling! See the City of Davis: Batteries cite for details and locations.
  • Buy things in bulk
    • Buying things in bulk can actually cost less, and you will take less trips to the grocery store, which saves time, money, and gas.
  •  Use cloth instead of paper items


Home Energy

Local solar contractor 2016
Local solar contractor helping a homeowner move into the renewable energy future. Photo by Yvonne Hunter.

Change Your Habits

  • Keep windows and doors closed when the AC or heat is on
  • Open windows to cool summer nights. Let in winter sunshine.
  • Install a whole house fan for quick cooling on summer evenings
  • Why not dry laundry on racks or lines
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off lights not in use
  • Close chimney flue when not in use
  • Maintain HVAC and appliances

Change Your Set Points

  • Lower hot water heater temp
  • Lower the thermostat in winter and raise it during the summer
    • Winter Heating – Turn your thermostats down to 65 degrees while you are home and set to 58 degrees at night or while you are gone. Wear sweaters and thermal underwear during the day and use an electric blanket or mattress cover at night.
    • Summer Cooling – Turn your thermostats up to 82 degrees while you are home and set to 90 degrees while you are away. Keep drapes closed during the day and open the windows for evening cooling. Wear shorts, light shirts, & sandals wherever possible.

Change Your Products 

  • Buy energy star appliances and electronics
  • Use smart strips with timers for lights and electronics
  • Use light dimmers
  • Buy solar powered products
  • Down size refrigerators and freezers
  • Use solar cooker or microwave
  • Low flow fixtures, aerators
  • Install LED lights
  • Motion detector lights
  • Skylights or solartubes
  • Weather stripping
  • Seal leaky windows and doors
  • Upgrade to dual pane HE windows
  • Insulate HVAC ducts, attics, walls and slab
  • Install a heat exchange radiant panel
  • Get photovoltaic PV panels also known as rooftop solar panels
  • Remove, disable or seal off wood burning fireplaces
  • Plant/ build south and west side shade trees, awnings, soffits
  • Offset use with green electricity

Every action made towards saving energy and going green can make a difference for our environment, no matter how small.

David Wong has won awards for his research on getting the most effective from a solar installation.
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