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2012 Energy-Saving Moments in the Nation’s Capital

January 4, 2013 - 1:02pm


As a new year begins, it’s only natural to reflect on the previous year’s highlights. From celebrating the completion of Washington, DC’s first passive solar house to flipping the switch on LED lighting for the National Mall -- for our nation’s capital, 2012 was a year for advancing energy-saving opportunities.

Take the case of the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) -- an organization aimed at helping DC residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money throughout the year. Over the course of 2012, DCSEU’s energy-efficiency efforts -- in partnership with the local community -- had the added benefit of creating new job opportunities, supporting local businesses and promoting economic development.

In total, the group reports creating more than 40 full-time jobs for district residents, saving enough electricity to power 2,000 homes for an entire year, and installing 153 kilowatts of clean energy generation capacity. You can learn more about DCSEU’s 2012 highlights -- and what it means for the people of DC -- by watching the video above.

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