Eco-Friendly

DC SEU Lights the Way to Energy Efficiency

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Ben Fiske, the General Manager for Bedrock Billiards in Adams Morgan, to write a blog post about their impressive reduction in energy usage. After hearing about their upgrades and some of the rebate programs they used, I did some research on the DC Sustainable Energy Utility website. After finding the links I needed about their commercial rebates, I found myself poking around the “residential” section.

At the time, I was about to move into a new house so I was curious what I could do to improve my new place’s energy efficiency and lower my electric bill. Although as a renter I’m not likely to make a large purchase for my house like a new refrigerator or washing machine, I did pass on the information to my landlord so that if he was thinking of upgrading anything soon, he’d be able to save money (and hopefully keep my rent low).

The one place I could immediately make an impact was by replacing the lighting in the house. Lighting accounts for about 20% of electricity use for the year. I wanted to get LED bulbs because of their great light, instant-on feature, low energy use, and long life, but since they are a relatively new technology, I was worried they would be very expensive.

I went to the lighting section of the DC SEU website, and then searched for a retailer. It made it easy to see what was near me and if the retailer had CFL, LED, or both types of bulbs.

When I made it to my local Costco to buy large quantities of anything you can think of, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the price was already discounted via an instant rebate through DC SEU! No forms or mail-in rebates to fill out, just instant savings. I immediately picked up 6 bulbs for my house and will grab some more on my next trip.

Whether you’re a home owner or a renter, I highly recommend perusing the DC SEU website to find ways to green your home and save money.