Go Green - Save Green

Rebates, Grants, & Services

Overview
DNREC provides grants for energy efficiency and clean fuel technology, supports energy policy development, and provides coordination and assistance to support sustainable land use and building practices. All of these actions and resources can make it easier for people in Delaware communities to save money while being environmentally-responsible.
Things can be done every day that help citizens save money and also limit their impact on the environment. Protecting our planet starts with you. Some things are small, such as switching what light bulbs you use, while others are larger, such as switching to a car that doesn't use gasoline. It can be hard to know where to start when you have big changes in mind, but DNREC has the knowledge, tools, and/or funding to help along the way.
What You Can Do
  • Drive an alternative fuel vehicle
  • Buy solar panels or other forms of renewable energy
  • Use energy more efficiently
  • Weatherize your home
  • Prepare for possible changes in environmental conditions
Greenhouse Gases
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas. Like a greenhouse traps heat in agricultural uses, greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, warming the earth's surface over time. CO2 is not the most efficient of the greenhouse gases at trapping heat, but it is the most abundant. While it exists naturally, its concentrations are influenced by human activities - mainly the combustion of fossil fuels for energyindustry, and transportation. Making changes to the way we generate energy, create and build, and move around can result in positive impacts to the environment.
Goal: Reduce Emissions
The State of Delaware has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2008 to 2030. To date, emissions reductions have been seen in the transportation, commercial, residential, and agriculture sectors due to greater fuel efficiencyenergy efficiency, and decreased livestock emissions. Emissions increases were seen in electric power generation and industrial activity, likely due to increased economic activity and recovery from the 2008 recession. Making sure that all sectors are doing their part to reduce emissions will help us reach our goal.
Climate Change and You
Preparing for or actively engaging in activities that reduce the pace of climate change is beneficial for many reasons. It can create new economic opportunities, provide cost-savings for businesses, drive innovation, result in healthier communities, and overall increase the quality of life for Delawareans. Everyone has the ability to take action against climate change, from individuals, to businesses, to state agencies. By identifying what approach best suits your activities, you can take steps to help.
Approaches:
  • Mitigation - tackling the causes of climate change (e.g. reducing emissions of greenhouse gases)
  • Adaptation - focusing on the effects of climate change (e.g. reducing vulnerability to flood or temperature changes through improved building codes or assistance programs)
A Brief History of Carbon Dioxide on Earth

The animation created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and various partners below begins by showing how CO2 levels have changed over the past nearly 40 years from 336 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii in January, 1979 to 403 ppm in January, 2016 at the same location. Then it reveals the changes that have occurred since the industrial revolution began, and even further back until it eventually shows how CO2 levels have fluctuated over the past 800 thousand years (800 kyBCE). It is clear from this visualization that while these fluctuations have occurred naturally in the past, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere today has reached unprecedented levels.


Page reviewed 12/3/18