October is Energy Action Month, an event meant to encourage energy savings through efficiency and conservation. This year, the City of Columbia is collaborating with the State Energy Office and Dominion Energy SC to digitally share tips, tools and stories that promote the multiple benefits of energy efficiency. Citizens are encouraged to follow social media platforms of all partners for energy action information throughout October, #SCEnergyHour or #EnergyActionMonth.
During the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolinians are joining together to support one another and those affected by COVID-19. During this unprecedented global public health crisis, reducing energy use by becoming more efficient will help minimize impacts on our environment and make a healthier world for everyone. Reducing energy use also helps to take some burden off the power system at a time when keeping the power supply flow steady is so vitally important.
In October and every other month, the City of Columbia encourages citizens to review how they use energy at home and at work. Small changes can add up to energy savings. Start with small changes such as switching to LED light bulbs or caulking around windows and doors. Then, look into larger commitments such as adding insulation or switching to a tankless hot water heater.
Activities and Opportunities
- Zap Vampire Power, a family activity that promotes reading and encourages energy conservation (special thanks to Richland Library)
- Drive Electric Week webinars and demonstrations
- SC Energy Hour, October 7 from 10:07 to 11:07 AM, where businesses and residents are encouraged to conserve energy and/or learn more about energy conservation
- Demonstration webinar for State Energy Office's new Energy Saver Tool, October 14 from 10 to 11 AM
There are many sources of information about energy efficiency and energy conservation that target energy use at work and at home. Follow the links below to learn about specific energy efficiency and energy conservation measures that can be implemented.
- Dominion Energy SC's EnergyWise Store (discounted LED bulbs, smart power strips and more)
- Dominion Energy SC's FREE Virtual Home Energy Checkup
- Going solar in SC: What is right for you?
- Mayors for 100 getting Ready for 100
- Save Energy and Money at Home
- Save Energy and Money at Work
- State Energy Office: Your Connection to Energy Savings and Efficiency
- State Energy Office Energy Saver Tool
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