Save Energy This Month and Every Month

by Carrie Webster, Energy Manager, Department of General Services

October is National Energy Awareness Month, and with energy prices at all-time highs, there has never been a better time to think about saving energy. Remember, the easiest way to save energy is through conservation – turning off, unplugging, or setting back energy-using systems when they’re not needed. It’s estimated that energy bills can be reduced by up to 20% with simple behavior changes. 

Here are a few everyday conservation tips to practice at home and work:

  • Program your computer to go into standby mode when idle;
  • Unplug chargers and small appliances when not in use;
  • Turn off lights that aren’t needed.

The Henrico Environmental Action Resource Team has a subcommittee focused on energy and resource conservation. On the H.E.A.R.T. website, you can find a dashboard displaying the actual energy use of County facilities and schools, information on County efficiency and renewable energy efforts, and resources for home and business owners in Henrico. Check it out at https://henrico.gov/heart/energy-and-resource-conservation/

We’ll be celebrating Energy Month at the Fall Energy Fair on Friday, October 13th, from 11:30-1:00 in the courtyard of the Administration BuildingLearn about current Henrico energy and solar projects, home energy and solar resources, recycling, and more. L.E.D. light bulbs (for the first 150 visitors) and other fun giveaways will be available. Food trucks will also be set up nearby between the Administration Building and the parking deck. The fair is rain or shine, barring inclement weather.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Henrico’s Energy Manager, Carrie Webster at 804-501-5763 or [email protected].