Summer Ready DC

Summer Ready DC

During the summer, there are simple and inexpensive actions to help save energy and reduce utility bills during the summer months. With the launch of the SummerReadyDC Campaign, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is encouraging District residents to prepare their homes for high temperatures and summer storms. Below are some simple tips to use around the house, as well as resources for District consumers to keep cool, save energy and plan for summer storms.


Home Checklist
Tips on how to prepare your home for summer

11 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Utility Bills
Use these tips to help save energy and money

Summer Storm Emergency Supplies Checklist
List of items needed in case of an emergency

Resources to Help Save Energy and Money

Energy Wise Rewards Programs
Pepco will install a web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch at your home and cycle it during peak-use times in exchange for bill credits.

Pepco Payment Assistance
List of tools and technology to help manage your electric use such as budget billing.

Washington Gas Payment Plans
Payment options available to help manage your Washington Gas bill such as budget plan.

Information Resources

Ready…Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed
Ready is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.

DC Heat Emergency Information
When the temperature or heat index reaches 95 degrees in the District, District Government activates cooling centers. Residents and visitors should take extra steps to beat the heat by staying in the shade or air-conditioning, drinking plenty of water and visiting cooling centers.

Resources to Programs

Utility Discount Programs
The DCPSC requires Verizon Washington, DC, Pepco, and Washington Gas to offer discount rates to low income residential customers.

Energy Assistance and Weatherization
The District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) helps District residents with their energy and utility bills by offering financial assistance, discounts and late bill forgiveness programs.

Sustainable Energy Programs
The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money by delivering financial incentives, technical assistance, and information.