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Energy Efficiency Campaign
As part of the EECBG program, Miami-Dade County launched an Energy Efficiency Campaign. The purpose is to create a communitywide energy education project 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 use. Elements of the campaign include, but are not limited to:
- The $750 Residential Savings Challenge
- Light bulb exchanges
- Green Business Certification Program
- Kill-a-Watt EZ Loan Program
The $750 Residential Savings Challenge
It's simple: Saving energy and water saves money, as well as helps the environment. But going green doesn't mean spending lots of green. Simple and cost-effective retrofits such as replacing light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or installing a free high-efficiency showerhead can go a long way. Take the first step. Commit to some -- or all -- of the actions in the $750 Savings Challenge, and watch your savings in both money and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions add up.
Taking the $750 Savings Challenge and not sure which energy-efficient light bulbs to switch to? Download a free smartphone app, Light Bulb Finder, to guide you while seeing the financial savings you'll accrue along the way. The app makes it easy to find the light bulbs at your nearest retailer while identifying the right light quality, style and performance for the lamps in each room. Tour the app, or watch the demo video.
Light Bulb Exchange Program
In addition to the already popular and successful showerhead exchange program, residents can now exchange up to three of their most heavily-used incandescent bulbs for three energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) for free! An Energy Star-qualified CFL will save about $30 over its lifetime, uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. And when it's time to dispose of CFLs, make sure that you handle them properly because they contain a small amount of mercury. Miami-Dade residents can bring them to a Home Chemical Collection Center or local retailers that accept CFLs.
Green Business Certification Program
The Miami-Dade Green Business Certification Program has been developed with the purpose of providing guidance to businesses seeking to green their operations.
Kill-a-Watt EZ Loan Program
The Miami-Dade Public Library System is encouraging patrons to become better stewards of the environment and to help them save money on their electric bills by offering the Kill-a-Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor. Patrons can check out the monitor for up to 14 days. Once home, a patron plugs the monitor into the wall, plugs an appliance into the monitor and enters electricity rate information. The monitor then shows how much power the appliance consumes and how much it costs to power. Monitors are available at the following branches: Coral Gables, Coral Reef, Hispanic, Homestead, Kendale Lakes, Kendall, Main, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, Naranja, North Dade, Pinecrest, South Dade and South Miami. Monitors can also be sent to a branch that is convenient for patrons.
Green Stimulus Work
Twelve projects being funded with federal grant dollars are currently underway in Miami-Dade County.
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