7 ways to keep your energy bill down this summer


[sponsored_by action_blurb=”Sponsored By” name=”The DC Sustainable Energy Utility” url=”” logo=”” byline=”The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money.” attribution_action_blurb=”Created By” attribution_name=”BlankSlate” attribution_url=””]

Living in the District during the summer months usually means three things: heat, humidity, and high energy bills. With the average July high temperature in the upper 80s and humidity hovering in the high-60% range, running your air conditioner can wreak havoc on your wallet – but it doesn’t have to. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps D.C. residents make smart energy choices, including offering rebates of up to $500 for central air conditioning systems. By maintaining your air conditioning equipment and purchasing a properly sized unit for your cooling needs, you can save without sacrificing comfort in your home.

Following are 7 ways you can keep your energy bill down, no matter how hot it gets.

Bigger doesn’t mean better.

When buying a new room air conditioner, choose the smallest ENERGY STAR® qualified unit appropriate for the size of the room. The DCSEU can show you how to use your room air conditioner most efficiently.

If you have central air conditioning, there are a number of ways that you can ensure your system is running at peak efficiency: Set the fan to “auto.” This setting on your thermostat shuts the fan off at the same time as the compressor.

Don’t use the system’s central fan to provide air circulation.

It is more cost effective to use circulating fans in individual rooms.

Frequently change your air filter.

Check it every month, and change it whenever it looks dirty. At a minimum, change the filter every three months.

Get a yearly tune-up.

A simple, once-a-year check-up will improve the efficiency and comfort of your system.

Install a programmable thermostat.

With pre-programmed settings that allow your system to rest while you’re out of the house, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 per year in energy costs. The DCSEU is offering $25 rebates for contractor-installed programmable thermostats.

Upgrade your air conditioner.

If your central air conditioner is malfunctioning or if the unit is over 10 years old, consider upgrading to an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. Rebates up to $500 are available from the The DCSEU.

Finally… get audited.

Consider taking a whole-home approach by scheduling a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® audit. A DCSEU participating contractor can help seal and insulate the areas in your home where precious cool air escapes, with financial incentives of up to $1,800 for qualifying energy upgrades to your home.

Recent Stories

From ANXO (711 Kennedy Street, NW): “CELEBRATE WOMEN’S MONTH AT BRIGHTWOOD PIZZA! For the entire month of March we are celebrating women and raising money for the DC Abortion Fund….

And thanks to Helder Gil for sending our favorite, oft featured, old taxi. Sweet City Ride is made possible by readers like you!

Sweet City Truck

Thanks to Pia for sending this “Beautiful Vintage Ford truck” Sweet City Ride is made possible by readers like you!

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and…

Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

Want to get a head start on your spring cleaning? Use Well-Paid Maids, the DC area’s only certified living-wage home cleaning service. Well-Paid Maids pays all of its staff at least $24 per hour and provides a full benefits package including:

• Health, dental, vision, and life insurance

• 100% employer-paid commuting costs

Read More

Submit your own Announcement here.

Opening Night: DC Environmental Film Festival

The 2024 DC Environmental Film Festival begins Thursday, March 21, at 7pm with the US Premiere screening of ANTARCTICA CALLING from Academy Award-winning director Luc Jacquet.

The Festival will continue through Saturday, March 30, offering dozens of screenings at venues

Aidan Leclaire Band in Concert

Local musician, Aidan Leclaire and his band will headline a night of rockin’ show by local bands at the iconic music venue, Songbyrd Music House.


Subscribe to our mailing list