Today marks America’s third annual Energy Efficiency Day! Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort between businesses, utilities, government agencies, and individuals working to promote the benefits of energy efficiency! Already, more than 300 organizations have signed on as official supporters. Want to help us extend our reach even further? Read on for five easy ways to celebrate and get involved.
Look for the ENERGY STAR®. If you’re in the market for new appliances, keep your eyes peeled for the ENERGY STAR logo, a guarantee of quality and efficiency. Since 1992, the ENERGY STAR program has helped American families and businesses save more than $450 billion on utility bills!
Upgrade to LED light bulbs. Did you know that if every U.S. household replaced one light bulb in their home with an energy-efficient LED bulb, consumers could save $500 million annually? Why wait? Make the switch today!
Take it to the office. There are many steps workplaces can take to reduce the environmental impact of their business practices. Encourage your management team to offer bike parking, provide reusable dishes for office parties, and purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified computers and printers. There are also plenty of energy-saving actions you can take all by yourself. Encourage your colleagues to:
- Print double-sided whenever possible
- Pack lunches in reusable containers
- Bike, take public transportation, or carpool with a coworker
- Consider talking via phone or videoconference, rather than traveling to meetings
- Power down computers and monitors at the end of the workday
Spread the word. You can join the conversation about Energy Efficiency Day on your favorite social media platform. Share your energy saving tips using #EEDay2018! Not sure where to start? Check out the official social media toolkit for inspiration.
Involve your state and local government. We are grateful to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for officially proclaiming today Energy Efficiency Day! You don’t need to wait for next year to contact your elected officials about energy efficiency. If there is a change that you feel could benefit your community, don’t keep it to yourself! Contact your Mayor, statehouse, or representatives in Congress.
Happy #EEDay2018 from all of us at WECC!