How to reduce your emissions at home

Did you know that 2/3 of Somerville’s emissions are from buildings?*

That means that most of the harmful elements we’re releasing into the air that are contributing to the climate crisis, such as carbon dioxide and methane, come from our homes, businesses and public buildings around our city.

As part of my participation in the Somerville Climate Forward Ambassador Program, we each had to come up with a project based on what we learned in this 6-month program. I wanted to create something that could potentially have an impact, that was tangible, and realistic. Since the majority of our city’s emissions come from buildings, to me it made sense to focus on the buildings that we can control: our homes.

I created Home Energy Bingo as a fun and interactive way for Somerville residents to reduce our emissions at home and fight climate change at the local level.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, there are simple actions you can take at home to reduce your emissions. Some cost money to do, and others are free. Some of these changes will actually save you money in the long run, especially if you pay for heat & electricity.

Making these changes can feel like a lot at first, but this isn’t all-or-nothing. Every change we make adds up to have a big impact, especially if all 32,000 households across Somerville do at least one thing. And the more we share what we’re doing with family and friends locally and in other parts of the country, the bigger impact we can have together.

Ready for the Home Energy Bingo and start reducing your emissions at home?

Here’s what to do:

  1. Print out the Bingo card below (hopefully on the back of a piece of paper you would recycle) and hang it up somewhere will your household will see it
  2. Look at the board with your household and cross off what you’re already doing
  3. Pick one change to make next
  4. Complete that change or create a new habit as a family.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until you fill out the board

>>>Click HERE to download the homeowner version<<<

>>>Click HERE to download the renter version<<<

Climate change can feel really scary, overwhelming, and hopeless. But there are simple actions we can take today to lower our impact.

*Source: https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/somerville-climate-forward-plan.pdf