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Dennis C. Moss to host MDCs Home Energy Savings Workshop



Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Dennis C. Moss is pleased to host a Home Energy Savings Workshops in District 9 on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (registration begins at 6:00 pm) at the Phichol E. Williams Community Center, 951 SW 4th Street, Homestead, FL 33030. 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 receive a free energy savings toolkit valued at over $100 and learn to track household energy consumption/reduction.

 â€œKnowledge is power; I hope many residents of my district can take advantage of the information that will be provided in the workshops as it will help them save money by reducing the energy use in their home, said Chairman Moss.

The free energy savings toolkit will include items such as a programmable thermostat, hot water gage, 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 $700 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.

 The Home Energy Savings Workshops is part of the Countys 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.

On September 14, 2009, Miami-Dade County was awarded $12,523,700 through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program which is funded under the Federal Stimulus Plan (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), and administered through the Department of Energy and the Countys Office of Sustainability. The Countywide Energy Efficiency Campaign is one of 13 projects funded through EECBG Program, which includes a mix of energy management projects, citizen outreach and education, sub-grants, pilot/demonstration programs, construction projects, and incentive programs.