Energy Efficiency Day seeks to curb energy use, cut pollution

DOVER — Energize Delaware is joining regional and national organizations on Wednesday to save some energy and reduce pollution during the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Day.

That is the day that utilities, businesses, universities and individuals are asked to lend a hand in promoting energy efficiency — the cheapest, quickest way to meet energy needs, cut utility bills and reduce pollution.

Tony DePrima, executive director of Energize Delaware, said energy efficiency is also an economic engine, with a U.S. workforce of more than 2.3 million. Ranging from professional services to manufacturing and construction, these jobs are mostly local and cannot be outsourced.

“The Energy Efficiency Day 2019 goals of saving money, cutting carbon emissions, creating jobs and improving air quality are a reflection of what Energize Delaware tries to accomplish every day with our assortment of efficiency programs,” Mr. DePrima said. “We work hard to help Delawareans save money with clean and sustainable energy solutions.”

He added that smarter energy use means people don’t have to generate as much power to meet their needs. Energize Delaware said many people don’t realize it already provides significant, forward-thinking programs in energy savings that benefit homeowners and renters, businesses, nonprofits, state agencies, schools, farms, local governments and houses of worship.

Reducing the energy used by manufacturers, homes and businesses benefits everyone — especially energy bill payers. The average household saves almost $500 yearly thanks to efficiency standards that apply to new appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and water heaters.

“In honor of Energy Efficiency Day on October 2, I ask that everyone think of — and carry out — at least one new way they can contribute to making Delaware more energy efficient today, and in the future,” Mr. DePrima said.

To learn more about Energize Delaware’s energy efficiency efforts, home energy assessments and other programs visit www.energizedelaware.org or join the Twitter conversation using #EEDay2019.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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