Sustainable energy in DC is less expensive thanks various programs through the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).
We are often encouraged to buy Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) to support sustainable energy efforts, but CFLs are rather expensive compared to ordinary light bulbs. CFLs average about $8, but can sometimes be purchased for as little as $0.99 at more than 50 retailers across the District. The retailers include some locally-owned businesses, and stores are located in every city ward. Retailers with discounted CFL bulbs include the H Street Corridor Giant Food, Yes! Organic Market in Capitol Hill, Home Depot in Brentwood, Safeway along the Southwest Waterfront, Bed Bath & Beyond in Columbia Heights, Walgreens near Chinatown, Ace Hardware in Petworth, and Rodman’s in Friendship Heights. In addition to selling discounted CFLs, the True Value Hardware in Dupont Circle also provides safe disposal of old CFLs since they contain mercury and should not be discarded with normal trash. The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) has also been able to reduce LED prices at some stores, which just started this month.
Light bulbs aren’t the only sustainable energy product that can save DC residents money. The DC SEU also offers rebates on appliances that promote sustainable energy. Currently, there is $50 rebate for ENERGY STAR laundry machines and refrigerators. For bigger ticket items like gas water heaters, furnaces, and boilers, DC residents may be eligible for rebates up to $850. So if you are in the market for a new appliance or recently purchased one, be sure to check if you are eligible for a rebate.
DC also has a Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) to support the installation of solar and photovoltaic technology in the city. The solar thermal incentive is based on the installation cost and can save you up to $2000. Photovoltaic incentives are based on the combined system rating in kilowatts of Direct Current (DC) output and could save you up to $10,000.
Use these tips to help you save money while using sustainable energy.