Success Stories

  • Helping Our Customers Better Serve Their Customers

    Since 2012, the DCSEU has provided technical assistance and rebates on more than 100 energy efficiency projects at WC Smith properties.
  • Better Lighting, Bottom Line for DC Brau

    DC Brau worked with the DCSEU to upgrade its lighting, delivering savings they can count on and a safer working environment for their staff.
  • Mess Hall Puts High Energy Bills on Ice

    Since 2014, Mess Hall Founder, Al Goldberg, has been innovating commercial kitchen space for local food entrepreneurs and with help from the DCSEU, innovating ways to save and conserve.
  • Working Together to Help Residents Manage Their Utility Bills

    The DCSEU and three District agencies charged with serving DC utility consumers kicked off “#Here2HelpDC,” a public awareness campaign to inform residents and businesses about energy and money-saving initiatives that will help minimize negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Generations of Solar

    Through Solar for All Elliott Lyles was able to reconnect with a community tied to his grandparents.
  • Cutting Bills with Solar

    Through the DCSEU's Solar for All program Monina David was able to reduce her utility bill by a significant amount within the first month. This feat would not be possible if it wasn't for the advice of some friendly neighbors.
  • Putting Energy into Education

    Together with the DCSEU, District schools are turning energy savings into more resources for their students.

  • Helping Contractors Grow

    Together with the DCSEU, contractors like Greenscape are expanding their business and serving their communities.

  • Supporting Small Businesses

    Together with the DCSEU, business owners in the District are pursuing their passions.

  • On the Path to Success

    Together with the DCSEU, District residents are pursuing green career pathways and finding success.

  • Energy Savings for Sustainable Business Model

    The measures installed in FY 2016 will pay for themselves in approximately two years.

  • Low Risk Investments Yield Strong Returns

    The energy savings—estimated at more than $20,000 per year—will reduce operating costs not only from direct energy savings but also from maintenance savings. The retrofit will pay for itself in less than five years.

  • Setting a new standard for multifamily solar energy

    Starting with 11 of the National Housing Trust's (NHT) multifamily affordable buildings in Washington, DC, NHT / Enterprise worked with the DCSEU to begin the largest solar installation across multiple properties in the city.

  • An opportunity for the whole community

    In the Southern Homes and Gardens Cooperative community, 55 of its 90
    households received solar PV installations on their homes through the DCSEU's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) initiative. 

  • Here Comes the Sun

    Since 2012, the DCSEU has worked with District contractors to install over 100 solar PV systems on homes in Wards 5, 7, and 8.

  • Taking a Bite out of Energy Costs

    Restaurants waste more energy than a typical business—as much as $8 billion in energy every year. ThinkFoodGroup is taking steps to change that at Zaytinya. 

  • Serving Up Savings at Union Kitchen

    Working with the DCSEU, Union Kitchen saved thousands of dollars. The result: happier chefs, lower energy bills for years to come, and a trusted partner to turn to for future energy decisions.

  • Finding Savings on a Fixed Income

    In winter 2014, Virginia received whole-home air sealing and insulation, a new efficient water heater, and a new high-efficiency furnace.

  • New Life for an Old Home

    Thanks to the DCSEU, this Capitol Hill homeowner is living in a more comfortable home year-round.

  • Shedding Light on Safety

    By upgrading to highly-efficient LED lighting, Providence Hospital has a brighter, safer parking lot in addition to lower energy bills.

  • Brightening a Ballroom

    A major upgrade of hundreds of lighting fixtures brightens the ballroom and saves tens of thousands a year. 

  • Large-Scale Savings That Make a Difference

    Children’s National Medical Center works with the DCSEU to plan for energy efficiency upgrades at the hospital as well as to help staff, patients, and their families save energy at home.

  • Energy Savings in Your Neighborhood

    The staff at Annie’s Ace does more than just sell the DCSEU’s discounted efficient lighting products; they also help customers make wise decisions that fit both their budget and needs.


  • Lighting the Path Toward Community Savings

    Capitol Park IV decided to retrofit all 218 neighborhood street lamps with highly efficient LEDs.

  • Changing a Life With a Lifetime of Energy Savings

    Working with the DCSEU, Katina Jordan will save over $4,200 across the lifetime of the new equipment installed in her home.

  • Gallaudet University Cuts its Energy Use, Campus-Wide

    The DCSEU has worked with Gallaudet to support campus efficiency projects through incentives and technical assistance. In 2013, the DCSEU provided incentives to upgrade 548 steam traps, reducing the university's annual natural gas consumption by 171,500 therms.

  • All Aboard for Energy Savings

    Union Station’s satisfaction with the lighting upgrade extends beyond energy savings, operations cost savings, and reduction of carbon emissions.
  • Sustainable Energy for DC Residents Who Need it Most

    Developing affordable housing that is financially and environmentally sustainable enables So Others Might Eat (SOME) to fulfill its commitment to excellent stewardship.

  • Light Speed Ahead

    As Piedmont Office Realty Trust remodeled NASA headquarters for LEED® Silver certification, the DCSEU made it easier to upgrade to LED lighting and meet energy savings goals.

  • Spotlight on Energy Savings

    The DCSEU helps Arena Stage invest in the most cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades and avoid making upgrades that don't make sense for their bottom line.

  • Helping Georgetown University Achieve its Energy Goals

    Georgetown University and the DCSEU have worked together since 2012 to address the university's ambitious energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

  • One less thing for a small business to worry about

    Courtney Stamm worked with the DCSEU to upgrade 22 lights to LEDs at The Cheeky Puppy.