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.