Fall weather has reached the District of Columbia and the D.C. government wants Washingtonians to be prepared.
With cooler temps inside the Beltway, more residents are cranking the heat which means higher utility bills; however, DDOE offers quick and easy fixes that can help residents safe money and energy throughout the fall and winter months.
1) Conduct an Energy Audit
Conducting an energy audit is the best way to identify where your home is leaking energy. Once you know where the leaks are occurring around your home, you can take steps to fix problem areas and conserve energy. You can follow the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit to get a jump start on reducing household energy consumption. Free energy audits to qualifying residents are also available from the DDOE's Weatherization Assistance Program (as well as financial assistance to make some of the recommended changes).
2) Weatherize your Home
Once you've identified the best opportunities to save energy, you're ready to start weatherizing. The U.S. Department of Energy offers easy tips on their website to help homeowners and renters save money during the fall and winter seasons. If you'd like more hands-on instruction, join one of DDOE's free Energy Workshops (2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE). These workshops are open to everyone, so feel free to pass on to friends and family.
3. Beyond WeatherizationFeeling more adventurous? Consider installing green projects in and around your property to lower your electricity bills and save money in the long-run. Green Up DCoffers resources for District residents to explore, plan, and install their own projects. The site is easy to use and puts all of the resources that you need in one place.