About the Reduce Energy Use DC Initiative

DC is committed to fighting climate change.

Climate change is impacting the world we live in. 2020 was the second hottest year on record. Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity is one contributor of the greenhouse gas emissions that causes climate change. In July 2019, DC consumed more than 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, translating to more than 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equivalent to the emissions of more than 170,000 cars on the road for a year.

DC is committed to fighting climate change and has plans in place for climate adaptation and preparedness. The District has one of the most ambitious climate plans in the United States, including transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2032.

Save more than money by joining your neighbors in July 2021 to help meet DC’s climate goals. We can all help! Together, we can make a difference if we all act to reduce energy use. Even if you are unable to save a significant percentage of your energy use, reducing your energy use can save money and help combat climate change. Reduce Energy Use DC brings together the DC community to raise awareness of how our actions can save more than money.

A college showing a photograph of three African American members of the Washington DC community standing in front of a typical DC brick row house, a photo of a person plugging an electric coffee maker into their kitchen electrical outlet, and an illustration of an electrical plug and an electrical socket