Cause and Effect

While there's no way to avoid environmental impacts completely, we can take steps to reduce our environmental footprint.

A majority of climate scientists around the globe believe greenhouse gases contribute to global warming. They believe we must start reducing greenhouse gas emissions immediately - before climate change causes irreversible harm to the environment and our economy.

What is climate change?

Each of us is responsible for carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere - over 20 tons a year, in fact, for the average person. From the cars we drive to the lights in our homes to the heat in our buildings, our everyday lives contribute to the creation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

You can cut back greenhouse gas emissions and still enjoy the comfort and convenience of natural gas. Here's how:

Reduce energy use

There are simple ways you can reduce your homes energy use, ranging from weatherization measures to upgrading to more efficient equipment. Visit the Energy Trust of Oregon for information and incentives that will help reduce your home's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Offset the rest

Once you've done all you can to reduce the emissions caused by your energy use, Smart Energy gives customers an easy way to offset the rest.

Sign up for Smart Energy

Your Smart Energy contributions will help support projects that prevent greenhouse gases from being created. In exchange, you'll receive "carbon offsets" that balance out the CO2 emissions from your own natural gas use.