2019 was the second hottest year on record and climatologists believe 2020 is on track to be one of the warmest years on record. In the last decade, 9 out of 10 years, the month with the most energy usage in the District of Columbia was July. 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) – the equivalent to the emissions of more than 170,000 cars on the road for a year.
In fact, on July 19, 2019 at 6PM, DC used more energy than any other hour in 2019 - more than 2 million kilowatt hours. Emissions from that usage equals the emissions of a car driving 3.6 million miles.
That is a staggering amount of energy used in just one hour. This is why we are focused on providing you with the tips and tools you need to take action and cut down on energy usage. Visit our page for the July Action Period to find out more ways to trim down your energy bill and emissions. It’s not only good for your wallet, but also important for the environment.
DC had its 20th straight day above 90°F degrees and we’re headed into just as hot of a week. While saving energy is important, being safe is even more so. Please be sure to stay safe and hydrated to prevent heatstroke and other conditions from extreme temperatures. CDC has tips on how to keep your cool in hot weather and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency can help prepare you for extreme heat.
Let's work together to safely reduce our energy use and #SaveMoreThanMoney!