Profiles of Energy Savers & Climate Change Fighters

This blog will provide an introduction to what it means to save more than money. We aim to highlight DC residents, nonprofits, government officials, businesses, artists, and models who take action to save energy, fight climate change, and protect our environment.

Ask The Experts

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!

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The Results Are In - Week 2

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).

Non-solar Customers

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.

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Winner Profile: Samir

“This is my first time winning something before!”

Samir Alany resides in Ward 5 of The District and took the pledge for a variety of reasons. Samir believes it’s essential that everyone all over the world participates in saving energy, not just in D.C. “Taking this pledge will help my friends and I make the most out of the electric we’re getting with minimal amount of footprint,” says Mr. Alany.

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July Take Action Period - Week 5

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:

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Need an Energy Break?

We partnered with several great organizations to develop a series of Energy Breaks. We hope you enjoy an Energy Activation with The NEED Project, Tree Talks with Casey Trees, and a Sustainable Haul with The Recycle Baes.

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July Take Action Period - Week 4

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:

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The Hour DC Used The Most Energy

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.

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Climate Change Fighter Profile: Rebecca Ballard

 THE KARYN DRESS 

Rebecca Ballard, Founder and CEO, Maven Women

The global garment industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The pesticides, synthetic materials and/or dyes used to make fabric, the waste that’s part of the production process, the environmental issues around the care of clothes, and the fact that the average American throws away about 80 pounds of clothing a year, makes this one dirty industry. I was a frustrated consumer, working in public interest law and nonprofit management and unable to find the type of clothing I desired. Thus, I created Maven Women to make clothing that honors people and planet at every step. In addition to creating our elegant wardrobe staples we also educate and advocate, teaching consumers how to be more thoughtful and working on cross-industry initiatives to move the needle.

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July Take Action Period - Week 3

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?

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July Take Action Period- Week 2

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:

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