This Earth Day is a special day for us at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility. As we reflect on our mission to bring the benefits of clean energy to the District, we want to remind you the biggest impacts often start with small changes. Here are 5 simple ways to reduce CO2 emissions in your household this Earth Day.
SWITCH TO LEDs
To keep it simple, LED lights do the same job as a standard lightbulb, but better. LED lights have a longer life-span, use less energy, and put off less heat than traditional light-bulbs. When you make the switch you can also save money on your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Visit a DC retailer for DCSEU-discounted LEDs and start saving.
PURCHASE AN ENERGY CONSERVATION KIT
The DCSEU offers energy efficiency starter kits for DC residents. For $10, you will get 6 omni-directional LED lightbulbs, an advanced power strip, and a bathroom faucet aerator delivered right to your door. Get a head start on living more sustainably by puchasing a kit here. Income-qualified DC residents can request one at no cost.
Did you know the District is one of the best places to go solar in the country? With clean energy being a top priority for DC, the DCSEU is helping income-qualified residents gain access to solar at no cost through the Solar for All program.
Not income-qualified? Find out more about the different ways you can go solar in DC.
BUY GREEN POWER
DC residents have the ability to purchase electricity such as wind, solar, low-impact biomass, geothermal, and low-impact hydro resources. Sign up is simple and the environmental benefits are long-lasting. Click here to see a list of Green Power providers in The District.
CHOOSE ENERGY STAR APPROVED APPLIANCES WHEN MAKING HOME UPGRADES
Ever wonder how environmentally friendly the appliances are in your home? While shopping for items from washer/dryers to refrigerators, ENERGY STAR a program run by the EPA provides information on products that are energy-efficient and pocket-book-friendly. You can find out about rebates on these approved appliances here.
There you have it. With a little effort and grace, going green is an accessible option for you, your family, and your business.
Happy Earth Day, friends. Together we can make Mother Nature proud! 🌎😊