Last month, we crowdsourced questions about reducing energy use and sent them to our resident experts. Leaders from Reduce Energy Use DC's founding organizations District Department of Energy and Environment, Pepco, and DC Sustainable Energy Utility have gotten back with all of your answers! Check out the videos below to find out more:
How can you set your thermostat to save energy in the summer?
Lolita of the District Department of Energy & Environment answers common questions about temperature control - and what to do with your thermostat to save energy and money!Read more
We’d like to shoutout the AMAZING DC residents who took the pledge that topped the charts in energy savings. July is the Take Action Period where each week we focus on different areas of energy savings. Confirmed Pepco customers that took the pledge are receiving Weekly Usage Reports which allows us to understand who saved the most energy. We compared week 1 (July 1 – July 7) to week 2 (July 8 – July 14) to find out who had the greatest percentage reduction in energy usage as well as the greatest reduction measured by kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Congratulations to our Top 3 Energy Savers! Residents from Wards 8,5 & 2 had the highest percent reduction in energy savings from Week 1 to Week 2.Read more
It’s the final week of Reduce Energy Use DC’s Take Action Period and this week we’re focusing in on our appliances and electronics. Did you know that 32% of energy use comes from appliances and “energy vampires”? Energy vampires include chargers, speakers, TVs, and other electronics that remain plugged in when not in use. Our first tip is to unplug as many energy vampires when you can.
Here are some additional tips to help you save money and the environment:Read more
It’s week four of Reduce Energy Use DC’s Take Action Period and this week we’re focusing in on lighting. Did you know that 9% of energy use comes from household lighting?
Don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you in the dark. We have some useful tips on how to make your usage more environmentally and wallet friendly:Read more
It’s week three of Reduce Energy Use DC’s Take Action Period and this week we’re focusing in on water. We’ll show you how to reduce your hot water use, because it takes energy to heat it up. Did you know that on average 14% of household energy use is due to water heating?Read more
It’s week two of Reduce Energy Use DC’s Take Action Period and this week we’re focusing in on temperature. Did you know that heating and cooling costs can account for up to 50% of electricity bills? In fact, it’s recommended that you keep your thermostat at 78F as much as possible during the summer.
But don’t worry, we’ve got some additional tips if that temperature is a bit too balmy or you have a have a health condition that requires a cooler temperature:Read more
Kamrin (@naturallykam) and Justin (@imnotjustintune) share what the July Take Action Period means to them. Join The Recycle Baes to save energy, save money, and fight climate change. #SaveMoreThanMoney.
This month is Reduce Energy Use DC’s Take Action Period and we encourage you to join us in cutting back on energy use. Did you know that nine years within the last decade, July was the month where the District of Columbia used the most energy? We know that saving energy may be a little tricky with July being one of the hottest months, but we’ve got quick actionable tips each week for you to try all month long.