Mayor Sylvester Turner celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 6, as 2021 Energy Efficiency Day. He used that day to encourage residents and businesses to join the City of Houston in supporting clean energy goals for a more energy-efficient future. Implementing energy efficiency measures is the cheapest, fastest and cleanest way to reduce Houston’s energy demand.
“Recognizing that we build resilience across multiple scales – neighborhood, city, and region – we can all play our individual part at home to make our communities stronger and more prepared for the future,” Turner said. “The economic and environmental benefits achieved through energy efficiency measures are significant for the Houston region.”
Working toward the goals of the COH Climate Action Plan and Resilient Houston, the Offices of Sustainability, Resilience, and Complete Communities are working with various COH departments to explore the implementation of microgrid systems, expand weatherization programs, and further partnerships with energy companies to serve the most vulnerable.
“We must develop solutions to address a climate change, ensure a just and equitable energy transition, and promote economic growth in an inclusive and transparent manner.” said Laura Patiño, interim chief resilience officer.
Turner wants all Houstonians to be aware of actions they can take as well: turning off unnecessary lights, switching to LED lightbulbs, weatherizing windows and doors, and having their HVAC systems assessed. Strategies like these can save Houstonians and business owners energy and money. In addition, residents can check with their energy providers for renewable energy plans that promote the use of solar or wind energy.