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About the Pledge

2020 was the hottest year on record. Let’s reduce energy use!

Let’s help fight climate change and Reduce Energy Use DC! For the second year in a row, we are challenging District of Columbia residents to take the pledge to reduce energy use during the month of July.

In July 2019, DC consumed more than 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to the emissions that contribute to climate pollution of more than 170,000 cars on the road for a year. In 2020, the Reduce Energy Use DC Campaign was launched and 2019 was captured as being the second hottest year on record; however, 2020 has now captured that ranking.

In 2020 three founding organizations, District Department of Energy and Environment, Pepco, and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility worked with a coalition of partner organizations to execute Reduce Energy Use DC. In 2020 close to 2,500 residents took the pledge to reduce their energy use!