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.

Winner Profile: Ann

Ann, Ward 6 resident

One of our August random drawing winners, Ann from Ward 6, talks about taking the Reduce Energy Use DC pledge!

Why did you take the pledge to reduce energy use?
I am very conscious of the extraordinary challenges that we face now as a nation when it comes to energy and how cavalier we are about the little things that add up to big things that will affect future generations.

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Winner Profile: Marc

Marc, Ward 3 Resident

One of our August random drawing winners, Marc from Ward 3, talks about taking the Reduce Energy Use DC pledge!

Why did you take the pledge to reduce energy use?
Climate Change is real problem that is affecting our everyday lives and I believe we all need to do our part to help reduce our carbon footprint, no matter how great or small.

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Today is Energy Efficiency Day in the District of Columbia

A nationwide effort helped establish the first Wednesday in October as Energy Efficiency Day. Both the Council of the District of Columbia and Mayor Muriel Bowser have recognized October 7th as Energy Efficiency Day of 2020 through a ceremonial resolution and a mayoral proclamation. We share this day with pride knowing that you took action this year by saving energy to help fight climate change.

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A Big Thank You from Maria Cardona

A Big Thank You from Maria Cardona, founder of Latinovations and CNN commentator. In honor of Energy Efficiency Day of 2020, thank you to the more than 2,400 DC residents who took the #ReduceEnergyUseDC pledge! It’s so important, especially now, that we continue to use energy more efficiently and help fight climate change.

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Reduce Energy Use DC recognized by the Council of the District of Columbia

We have some exciting news. Your effort has not gone unnoticed.

The Council of the District of Columbia unanimously approved a Ceremonial Resolution introduced by Councilmember McDuffie that not only establishes October 7th as Energy Efficiency Day of 2020, but also recognizes the Reduce Energy Use DC initiative.

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Winner Profile: Jennifer

Jennifer, Ward 1 Resident 

One of our August random drawing winners, Jennifer from Ward 1, talks about taking the Reduce Energy Use DC pledge!

Why did you take the pledge to reduce energy use?
I have a background in Urban Planning and work in the field of Public Transit Planning, so taking care of our environment has always been very important to me. Participating in the pledge was a no-brainer. I can’t expect other people to do their part if I’m not doing mine.

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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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