Saving dollars and watts: Highlights from Energy Action Month

Nov 09, 2017

One month ago, Montgomery County Council proclaimed October “Energy Action Month” in Montgomery County, as part of the national effort to raise awareness about energy.

Here at the Department of Environmental Protection, we celebrated all month long by hosting events and workshops to teach residents all about energy: how we use it, why energy efficiency matters, and specific actions everyone can take to reduce their energy usage and bills.

 

Larissa Johnson teaches residents at an Energy Exploration event.

Why did Montgomery County dedicate a whole month to energy awareness and action?

From the moment we wake up every day, energy plays a role in our lives. Energy Action Month is a series of events created to connect Montgomery County residents with the information they  need to improve energy efficiency and reduce their energy bills.

The potential for savings is huge: the EmPOWER Maryland program, which subsidizes investments in energy efficiency, has saved utility customers $1.8 billion on their electricity bills by helping them reduce power usage and preventing the need for new power plants to be built. (Source: The Baltimore Sun, January 2017).

 

Here’s how we celebrated!

County Council Proclamation:

The County Council proclaimed October Energy Action Month in a special announcement on October 3rd. Council President Roger Berliner read an official proclamation in Council Chambers, and he was joined by representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), and our partners at Bethesda Green and Poolesville Green.

 

Outreach events for residents of all ages throughout the County:

DEP teamed up with the Department of Recreation to host Energy BINGO events at five senior centers throughout the County, creating a fun way for more than 150 seniors to learn about and connect with energy saving information!

 

Energy BINGO in action!

 

In partnership with the staff at MCPL, DEP also hosted “Energy Exploration” events. Offered as an interactive experience for all ages, Energy Exploration events feature hands-on arcade games that are fun for the whole family! Each arcade game highlights a different energy tip, including appliances, HVAC usage, lighting, weatherization, and water usage.

In addition to these events, Energy Action Month was promoted by libraries through posters, library display cases, and community calendars. To connect residents with community organizations that are working towards a more energy efficient future, Energy Exploration events included representatives from our partners at Habitat for Humanity, One Green Montgomery, Poolesville Green, Pepco, Potomac Edison , ecobeco and Zero Draft Energy.

 

Henry volunteers at an Energy Exploration event. Thank you, Henry!

 

In addition to the events at libraries and senior centers, DEP conducted outreach at Manna Food distribution sites to make sure all residents have the tools they need to save money this winter, such as LED bulbs, refrigerator thermometers and shower timers.

As a result of these events, more than 520 residents had a learning experience during Energy Action Month!

 

Partnerships make these programs possible!

We are grateful to all the partners and volunteers who collaborate to make Energy Action Month a success! Big thanks to Montgomery County Public Libraries, Senior Centers, Manna Food Center, Bethesda Green, Poolesville Green, One Montgomery Green, and Habitat for Humanity for their support.

Fantastic volunteers generously shared their time to help at Energy Action Month events: Paolo from Ridgeview Middle School, Matthew from Quince Orchard High School, Marielle from Roberto Clemente Middle School, Mythili from Rocky Hill Middle School, Henry from Walter Johnson High School, and Isaac from Parkland Middle School all helped out!

 

Interested in learning about upcoming Energy events? Write to us at energy@montgomerycountymd.gov !

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