The Pledge

The pledge period closed on July 31, 2020

I, _________, pledge to learn how to use energy more efficiently, take steps to reduce energy use in my home, and save money while helping fight climate change.

That’s because in July 2019, DC consumed more than 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity – the emissions equivalent of putting more than 170,000 cars on the road for a year.

This summer, when energy usage is usually at its peak, I will do my part to help DC reduce our contribution to climate change. I will also help reduce our bills by taking small steps to lessen energy use and encouraging my family and friends to do the same.

How to Participate in the Reduce Energy Use DC Pledge

All DC residents can participate in the pledge. Sign up here and provide your name, address, phone number, email address, and category of customer. If applicable, please use the same email and phone number as on your Pepco account for verification purposes.

We will work together to reduce our energy use in July. Pepco customers will receive Weekly Usage Reports via email beginning on July 8th that will share tips on how to save energy and compare your energy usage to your prior week’s consumption. At the end of July, we will have additional drawings for a chance at a $300 credit on your bill.

Prizes and Rewards

Sign-up Early! Monthly Prizes (6 winners – Open to all DC residents)

Random drawings every other week in May and June

Grand Prize Drawings in August (16 winners - Open to all DC residents)

Winners per Ward (8 winners)

Seniors - 60 and older (4 winners)

Pepco customers receiving the Residential Aid Discount (4 winners)

SOCIAL ACTIVATORS (3 winners - Open to all DC residents)

Most popular social media post (1 winner)

Top pledge contributor who signs up the most people from their network (1 winner)

Most popular social media post by a student (1 winner)

Rewards

Winners for each category will receive a $300 credit on their bill, which is approximately three summer month bills (July 2019 average residential consumption was 839 kWhs, which is a $99.48 bill). If not a Pepco customer, winners can give the “Gift of Energy” and assign the $300 credit to a relative or friend or donate the $300 to a nonprofit of their choice. The winners in each category will also be announced on Energy Efficiency Day 2020, which was established as the first Wednesday of October by a Mayoral Proclamation and a Ceremonial Resolution by the Council of the District of Columbia.

Pledge FAQs

 

Pledge Timeline

  • PledgeAPRIL - JULY

    To participate and take the pledge you must be a DC resident. Random drawings will take place every two weeks in May, up until July 1st. Sign up until July 7th!

  • Make a Plan

    Find energy savings tips on our website or social media at @reduceenergydc. Pepco customers, can check their energy usage in “My Account” at Pepco.com.

  • Spread the Word

    Take the pledge, reduce your energy use, tell your friends and family, and share savings ideas and actions on social media.

  • Take ActionJULY 1 - 31

    It doesn’t take much to participate. A few simple actions can reduce your energy use.

  • Winners NotifiedAUGUST 5

    Winners of the 12 random drawings and 3 social activators will be notified.

  • Energy Efficiency DayOCTOBER 7

    Winners will be publicly recognized on Energy Efficiency Day 2020, established by Mayoral Proclamation and Ceremonial Resolution by the Council of the District of Columbia.

  • Keep on Reducing!

    It’s always the right time to fight climate change, reduce your energy use, and save more than money.

Energy Usage

You can access your daily, hourly and monthly energy use by signing into “My Account” at Pepco.com. “My Account” has a variety of tools including comparisons to other similarly sized homes and customized energy saving tips. As part of Reduce Energy Use DC, you will receive weekly emails in July comparing your energy usage to your prior week’s consumption. If you are not a Pepco customer visit our “Energy Saving Tips” page for ideas on how to reduce energy use.