Washington, D.C., feeling the effects of energy efficiency

As Congress begins working on yet another renewable energy bill, this one backed by Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, residents of the nation's capitol city are already feeling the positive impact of the work of efficiency groups like the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). Earlier this week, the D.C. City Council honored the DCSEU for the strides it has taken in implementing more eco-friendly lifestyles for local residents and businesses.

The DCSEU's green offerings over the last 12 months have helped save 50,000 megawatts of electricity, a level of energy usage tantamount to the annual consumption of 6,000 homes. These efforts have also had a significant effect on the environment, having curtailed over 45,000 carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere. The organization has also worked to make solar power more readily accessible for residents, having installed solar panels in over 750 low-income households across the city.

"We can't change a person's rent, but we can help to reduce that second highest monthly cost – energy bills," said Ted Trabue, the DCSEU's Managing Director, in a press release. "Reducing energy use puts money back into the pockets of residents and business owners as well as contributes to the Mayor's Sustainable DC goal to cut citywide energy use 50 percent by 2032."

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