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Sponsored By The DC Sustainable Energy Utility.

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money.

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How much can you save on your electric bill by using LED bulbs? Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with an LED equivalent can save $130 throughout the new bulb’s lifetime—and $150 from your annual energy bill if you replace all incandescents with LED bulbs.

It’s a smart choice, but not all LED bulbs are created equal. Without ENERGY STAR-certification, that LED bulb you purchase at the store fails to meet certain quality requirements. These “ish” bulbs can flicker, shift in color, lose brightness over time, offer uneven light, or continue to use power when turned off. Look for the blue ENERGY STAR label to get the best bang for your buck.

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The current ENERGY STAR requirement is for LED bulbs to last at least 13 years. They’re also required to have guaranteed light quality and output, to cast light in all directions, and to be available in a wide variety of styles to fit any socket.

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And now, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), DC’s resource for saving energy, is helping the cause by working with retailers across the district to offer discounted ENERGY STAR LED bulbs for as low as 95¢—a cost that’s compatible with the often cheaper “ish” bulbs.

For more information about the DCSEU and its network of partnering retailers, check their website.

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Sponsored By WeWork.

WeWork's giving away over $20 million in seven cities to those who are thinking in new ways, building fresh projects, and achieving real change.

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Got an idea for a startup business? Need some help getting funding?

WeWork’s Creator Awards will be giving away over $20 million to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, nonprofits, and artists throughout 2017 — and it all kicks off in DC on March 28.

The event is a great way for startups and growing companies to get their bearings. Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees can check out the DC Job Showcase, where local business owners will be stationed to answer and ask questions.

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Or sit in on the Master Classes, where real-world ideas for setting up your business, getting funding, and differentiating your idea will be volleyed around with some of the best in the biz.

If your startup is ready for a funding round, you’ll probably want to see how a pitch should be structured. At 8 p.m., check out a Pitch Lightning Round, where select finalists will pitch to the crowd. Furthermore, the finalists who have been selected to pitch at the event will be broadcast in real time throughout the day on Facebook Live.

Then, award winners will be announced in each of the three categories: The Incubate, The Launch, and The Scale. Winners qualify for the Creator Awards Global Final on November 30 in New York City.

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After the winners are announced, the party starts with a DJ, more drinks and more food.

Several more regional events will take place in Austin, Detroit, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Mexico City before the Global Final at Barclays Center in New York City.

“WeWork began with a group of people that believed community, passion, meaning, and intention could change how we live, work, and connect,” said WeWork co-founder and CEO Adam Neumann, who notes that membership now counts 100,000. “We could not think of a better way to honor our members and all the creators who inspire us every day.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Andrew W Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. Admission is free, and there will also be a pop-up market with DC merchants selling their wares. For more information and to RSVP, check out the website.

 

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Sponsored By Homezen.

Homezen saves you thousands by making it easy to sell your home without an agent.

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Spring is in the air, and when the weather gets nicer, that means the cherry blossoms bloom–and people start selling their homes. That also means they’re writing big commission checks to real estate agents.

But not if you’re using homezen. The company, launched last year, combines technology and real estate expertise to make it easier to sell your home without an agent. Homeowners in DC, Maryland, and Virginia have been saving an average of $20,000.

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Here’s how it works: First, they run a pricing analysis to help you understand the value of your home; they dispatch professional photographers to make your home look great; and they place your listing on the MLS. They even give you lockbox so your home literally shows itself. Homezen also provides the necessary legal paperwork, and guides you all the way through closing.

And how do you save that $20,000? Instead of charging the standard 6 percent commission, homezen charges a low flat fee. They’re already saving sellers a lot of money in Logan Circle, Capitol Hill, Brookland, the Palisades, Glover Park, Arlington and beyond.

You can check out the homezen website or give them a call at 202.509.0559.

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Sponsored By The DC Sustainable Energy Utility.

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money.

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DC summers and winters are notorious for their weather extremes. Having the latest technology to keep your home cool (or warm) can help the environment and even save you a little coin, too.

The DCSEU, DC’s source for saving energy, can help bring a smart thermostat into your home with a $100 rebate.

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Smart thermostats give you climate control in the spaces you inhabit. The devices learn your preferences over time and eventually begin to set the temperature according to what you like and what saved you the most energy. That’s good for both the environment and your wallet.

Smart thermostats are also Wi-Fi and mobile app capable. Forgot to turn down the heat before heading out to that fancy dinner in Georgetown? No worries! With the flick of a finger on your smartphone, you can solve that problem and still get there on time.

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The DCSEU is offering a $100 rebate for customers who choose to install a smart thermostat from its Qualifying Product List. Since these items can cost around $250, that’s a pretty significant deal.

If you’re looking for a smarter, more connected, and environmentally conscious home, head over to DCSEU’s website for more information.

flying bach

Sponsored By Red Bull Flying Bach.

In a clash of cultures, Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical music world upside down.

Breakdancing meets Bach? It does when The Flying Steps, a German b-boy troupe, performs to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” at the Warner Theater January 6-8.

Red Bull Flying Bach, seen by 400,000 people in 31 countries, revolves around a story of six dancers being pushed by their demanding teacher as they rehearse for a major production. Arguments, resolutions, disappointments, and triumphs ensue, echoed by the music’s crescendos and dips and the constant shifting of dance tempos.

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“Combining urban culture with classical influences is an incredible type of street art that we are excited to share with Washington D.C.,” said Vartan Bassil, who founded The Flying Steps in 1993 and teamed with conductor Christoph Hagel– a former student of Leonard Bernstein–to create the show in 2010. “It’s an opportunity to demonstrate that our members are not just break dancers — we are artists.”

Red Bull Flying Bach will be performing at the Warner Theater at 513 13th St. NW, in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, from Friday, Jan. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

Purchase tickets at redbullflyingbach.com.

 

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Sponsored By The Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Greater Washington's trusted guide to giving - featuring the area's best charities for high-impact local giving.

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We’ve all been there before – you want to give back to your community but don’t know where to start. Or maybe you want to donate to a charity but you’re not sure how your dollars will be spent. It’s normal to wonder, “Will my donation really make an impact?”

Good news! The Catalogue for Philanthropy is dedicated to helping you find the perfect charity and ensuring that your dollar makes a real difference.

Here are five ways you can make a difference in your community through the Catalogue:

1. Help Students Reach Their Full Potential
For $15, you can cover the field trip expense for one student at the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, which makes arts and humanities education accessible for public school students.

2. Provide Vital Human Services for Children, Families, Veterans, and More
For $50, you can cover the cost of gas to deliver food to 12 families through ALIVE!, an organization providing emergency food and financial assistance.

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3. Enrich Greater Washington’s Arts and Culture Scene
For $50, you can empower at-risk youth through photography and advocacy training by covering the cost of a framed print for one student at Critical Exposure.

4. Make an Impact Across the World
For $100, you can cover the cost of cervical cancer screenings for 10 women through Partner for Surgery, whose mission is to bring medical care to underserved communities in rural Guatemala.

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5. Help Protect the Environment and Animals
For $100, you can send 50 students on their very first campfire experience with the Alice Ferguson Foundation, which connects people to nature through education, stewardship, and advocacy.

The Catalogue is the only locally focused guide to giving in Greater Washington, with over a decade of experience working with the DC area’s best small charities and connecting them to people like you who want to give back.

This giving season, find a better way to give where you live.

Visit the Catalogue for Philanthropy and see how far your dollar goes.

DC apartments for sale Corey

Sponsored By The Corey.

The Corey, one block off the H St. Corridor, offers newly constructed one- and two-bedroom condominiums at the intersection of work and play.

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Imagine a Saturday that starts with coffee and a leisurely stroll through a farmer’s market selling fresh produce from the Chesapeake Bay region. Your day continues with drinks and a game of bocce at Vendetta Bocce Bar & Tavern, moves on to dinner at Smith Commons, followed by a dance performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center before finishing up at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar. Imagine that’s all near your doorstep.

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The rest of the week, choose between hopping on your bike or boarding the DC Streetcar and connecting at Union Station on your way into work.

It’s all within three blocks of your doorstep if you live at The Corey — just off the up-and-coming H Street Corridor.

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There’s more to The Corey, however, than its location at 1111 Orren St. NE. Amenities include a shared “green” roof space with garden plots and views of DC’s monuments; an indoor glass-enclosed rooftop space has a kitchen, a movie lounge and a wellness room. Inside the building there’s Wifi, bicycle storage, and a concierge.

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The one- and two-bedroom units still available, starting at $300K and $500K, respectively, have quartz kitchen islands, stainless steel GE appliances, full-size washers and dryers, custom cabinetry, and ample closet space. There is even that rarest of DC perks—parking—available on a limited basis.

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Be a part of the emerging H Street Corridor today. Contact the sales team to find out more about the remaining units at The Corey. 

liquor tasting

Sponsored By The Macallan.

You’re invited to a tasting of single malt scotch at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium from Nov. 2-4.

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Now’s your chance to learn why The Macallan, the “Rolls-Royce of single malts,” has been a popular spirit since 1824.

Guests at this private tasting event will kick off the evening with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. Next up, a presentation from The Macallan ambassador — where you’ll learn the secrets behind the award-winning rare cask (hint: oak and sherry barrels along with unusually small copper stills). Then the tastings begin.

The events will take place from November 2-4 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, the massive neoclassical landmark on 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in the Federal Triangle.

For more information and to register, click here to Raise The Macallan.

 

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Sponsored By Homezen.

Like turbotax for selling your home, Homezen saves you thousands by making it easy to sell your home without an agent.

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Sellers in DC pay real estate agents over $800 per hour in commissions. That’s more than most doctors and lawyers, and for a lot less work.

Let’s break down the numbers. In D.C. the median home value is $550,000. With the 6% that agents take for every sale, that’s $33,000 directly out of your pocket when you sell your home.

Here’s how the process looks for most people. After deciding to sell that townhouse or condo, you look at a few new houses online and assume the first step is to call a real estate agent. And they tell you that you’d never be capable of selling your home without an agent.

But you can sell your home without an agent and put thousands of dollars back in your pocket. In fact, many homeowners already do, and it just got easier.

Enter Homezen – an online platform and team of experts that helps you sell your home without an agent, saving you $15,000 – $35,000 in the process.

Unlike real estate agents, Homezen helps you sell your home without the high price tag. They walk you through each step, with helpful tips, tools and support. Homezen helps you decide your sales price, get your home ready to sell and lists your home on the major websites buyers use. They even send out a professional photographer to take great photos, give you all the legal paperwork you need, and are there for you through closing.

Now the only question is, what are you going to do with all the money you saved?

Contact Homezen today.

 

Yoga DC: YogaWorks Grand Opening Party

Sponsored By YogaWorks.

YogaWorks 14th Street Grand Opening Party July 16. Free Yoga, Raffles & More!
Plus, first yoga class for FREE during the month of July.

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Spending the weekend in DC? You’re invited to YogaWorks 14th Street NW’s Grand Opening Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

The Grand Opening Open House will offer free yoga classes (schedule below), mini private yoga sessions, free food and drinks, henna tattoos, and a raffle with prizes.

Yoga DC: YogaWorks Grand Opening Party

YogaWorks’ new 2,000-plus-square-foot facility is located at the base of View 14, a new luxury building north of Logan Circle in the U Street Corridor. The center includes a practice room, locker rooms, and a retail boutique with yoga apparel, accessories, mats, beauty items, organic snacks, and superfood essentials.

Free yoga classes at the open house include:

10-10:50 a.m.: Hot Vinyasa with Keith Golden

11-11:50 a.m.: Align and Refine with Kim Weeks

12-12:50 p.m.: Power Flow with Amanda Starr Bean

1-1:50 p.m.: Intermediate Flow with Viveka Om

Come experience the YogaWorks difference. Stop by any time during the month of July and your first class is free.

RSVP for the YogaWorks Grand Opening party here or stop by the studio to say hello.