Commissioner to host Home Energy Savings Workshop

By Alfie Sergio….
Commissioner Katy Sorenson will host a Home Energy Savings Workshop in District 8 on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (registration begins at 6 p.m.), at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St., in the first floor meeting room.

The workshops are being conducted 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 more than $100 and learn to track household energy consumption/reduction. Most importantly save money by learning how to reduce energy use in their homes by 20-30 percent.

“This workshop is a great way for people to make a contribution to a more sustainable planet while also discovering great ways to save money,” Commissioner Sorenson said. “I think once attendees learn how easy it can be to save energy and money they’ll want to look for even more ways to become more efficient.”

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 $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.

To register and for additional information, call 3-1-1 or visit http://green.miamidade. gov. The workshop has limited space, and is open to the first 50 registered residents. Each participant will receive the free energy savings toolkit, limit one per household. 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 about saving energy at

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