Balloons soar, utility bills shouldn't - swap out your old bulbs for LEDs this month.

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Friday, October 1, 2021 | Department of Environmental Protection

It's Back!! Energy Action Month 2021

COUNTY: Since September 1991, President George H.W. Bush declared October as National Energy Awareness Month, this month long celebration has now become an opportunity for us to encourage residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills. This year, we are focusing all of our efforts on making sure residents have the most energy efficient light bulbs on the market – LEDs, because balloons soar - your utility bills shouldn't. Stop by a Lighten Up event to swap out those bulbs. 


Energy Efficiency Day - October 6, 2021

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NATIONAL: Energy Efficiency Day (the first Wednesday in October – Oct. 6, 2021)  is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocacy groups around the United States. The  message is simple: “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.” Energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution. Share your own energy efficiency success stories on October 6. Please remember to use the hashtag #EEDay2021 on all your online posts!

Lighten Up - Swap Those Old Bulbs!


RESIDENTIAL: The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will join together to celebrate October as Energy Action Month by offering the opportunity to exchange inefficient light bulbs for energy efficient ones.  Lighten Up events are scheduled at 19 County libraries. Energy Action Month is an opportunity to for residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting consumes 10 percent of the total electricity used in homes.

Active aging week

Go, Grow, Get Active & Swap Out Your Bulbs

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RESIDENTIAL: Montgomery County is excited to celebrate International Active Aging Week (AAW) the week of October 4th-10th! If you are 50 and better, we invite you to Brookside Gardens and participate in our signature event on October 6th!  The first 100 participants will receive FitKits sponsored by Montgomery Energy Connection. Spending time outside means less time using electricity in your home so Go, Grow, and Get Active! The in person event this year is sold out but you can catch last year's program online. During this week, we will have two lightbulb exchanges

Take the Pledge!

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RESIDENTIAL: Making the Thermostat Pledge for a two-degree temperature change in the setting on your home thermostat can save over 6% annually on your home utility bills. And with winter right around the corner, you want to make sure that your thermostat is set at 68 degrees or maybe just two degrees lower than what you are used to. Want to lower your costs? Pledge today! 

Family Friday Fun Virtual Program


Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join Montgomery Public Libraries for this interactive presentation with Residential Energy Program Manager, Larissa Johnson. Grab your old incandescent bulbs to this virtual workshop as we will be transforming them into works of art. Come learn about energy efficiency and how to lower your utility bills every month with some simple tips. 

Join our Event Here:
Or Dial In: 301 715 8592; Meeting ID: 988 0475 9411 

Image: DIY Light Bulb Hot Air Balloons, designed by Morena Hockley

Join Montgomery County's Climate Team!


COUNTY: As part of the FY22 County Budget, the Montgomery County Climate Team will be adding three new positions:

  • Intergovernmental Relations Legislative Analyst (Climate Policy) to develop and lead the implementation of Montgomery County’s Clean Energy Action Plan, and work with elected officials in the Maryland General Assembly, officials at the PSC, and utility representatives on laws, regulations, policies, and practices governing energy supplied to the county. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply by 10/21. 
  • Senior Planning Specialist (Zero-Emission Vehicles) to develop and implement a strategic plan to achieve adoption of zero-emission programs that will accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), including electric vehicles (EVs), for residents and businesse. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply by 10/21. 
  • Program Manager I (Climate Engagement) will lead a range of climate-related engagement and communication activities, with a particular focus on efforts to involve underserved community members who are likely to feel the impacts of climate change most acutely. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply by 10/27.