For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2011

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Looking to save money on energy bills? Commissioner Diaz to host Home Energy Savings Workshop


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz will be hosting a Home Energy Savings Workshop in District 12 on Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (registration begins at 6 p.m.) at the Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center, 250 SW 114th Avenue, in Sweetwater. The workshops are being held to educate residents on energy efficiency and conservation, and provide homeowners with the information, resources and incentives to reduce their utility costs. Participants will learn to track household energy consumption/reduction and, most importantly, save money by learning how to reduce energy use in their homes by 20-30 percent. The first 50 people to register will receive a free energy savings toolkit valued at over $100 (limit one per household).

"Families are looking for even more ways to save money these days," said Commissioner Diaz. "Taking simple steps to reduce your energy consumption benefits your wallet and falls in line with the County’s overall conservation efforts."

The free energy savings toolkit will include items such as a programmable thermostat, hot water gauge, LED sensor nightlight and compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs). According to ENERGY STAR, if every American home replaced just one light with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than three million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent nine billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.

To register or learn additional information, please call 3-1-1 or visit The workshop has limited space, so reserve your spot soon!

The Home Energy Savings Workshops are part of the County's energy efficiency campaign, a communitywide energy education program managed by the Office of Sustainability that will engage residents to gain support for energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, and waste reduction and serve as a catalyst for long-term behavior changes resulting in reduced energy usage. Other elements of the campaign include: upcoming residential and business energy savings challenges, light bulb exchanges, upcoming residential and business energy savings challenges, and upcoming incentive programs for low-income residents. Learn more at

Who: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz

What:FREE Home Energy Savings Workshop

When: June 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Where:Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center
250 SW 114th Avenue, Sweetwater


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