Did you know that you can celebrate Earth Month and Financial Literacy Month this April by simply reducing your energy usage? By making your home more energy-efficient, you can help your wallet and the environment at the same time.
Since 2012, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) has helped DC residents, local businesses and institutions retain $855.7 million in lifetime energy savings. The DCSEU has also eliminated over 5 million tons of lifetime CO2 emissions. According to the EPA, that’s equivalent to 11 million barrels of oil consumed!
One of the easiest ways you can begin to make your home or business more energy-efficient is by switching your light bulbs to LEDs. These bulbs use one-fifth of the energy of incandescent bulbs and you can find them at DCSEU’s participating retailers for as low as $0.95 with our instant lighting rebates. ENERGY STAR® LEDs outlast incandescent bulbs with a lifespan of up to 25 years, which means you will need to buy fewer light bulbs.
You may also want to conduct an energy audit on your home and install air sealing and insulation to save energy. By sealing cracks around your windows and doors, you will be able to use less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This could cut 20% or more off your annual heating and cooling bills.
If you are thinking about purchasing an energy-efficient appliance, check out the DCSEU’s rebates. The DCSEU offers $25 rebates on qualifying dehumidifiers and $50–$150 rebates on select ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washers, clothes dryers, smart thermostats, and refrigerators. This offer is good through September 30, 2019.
You can read the DCSEU's money saving tips for more information on how you can help the earth and your bank account this April and beyond.