By Patrick Kiker, Communications Manager
Looking to get involved in the second annual Energy Efficiency Day on October 5th? Last year’s first-ever national event was a big success, and we welcome your help in expanding the reach of this year’s event.
Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations that promote energy efficiency. More than 175 government agencies, companies, utilities, cities, and other organizations were official supporters in 2016. This year we are amplifying our efforts with a website, a Facebook account, more official declarations, and a challenge to save energy in homes and businesses.
Here are four ways you and your organization can spread the word about the benefits of energy efficiency.
1. Visit our new website and sign up. You can sign up as an individual or as an organization. As we get closer to EE Day, we’ll send you more ideas on how to get involved, including fun facts to share on social media.
2. Take the Lightbulb Challenge or the Office Lighting Challenge. By taking the challenge, you agree to replace at least one light bulb with an LED. If each US household purchases just one LED bulb, consumers could save $500 million annually. Share your experience with friends and colleagues.
3. Encourage mayors/governors to officially proclaim October 5 Energy Efficiency Day. In 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige did so, and this year Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has already followed suit. Check the link above for a sample proclamation that you can share with your mayor and governor.
4. Create and share your own content. You can share the news about Energy Efficiency Day and the benefits of saving energy—and money—through blog posts, emails, newsletters, and social media. Tell your own energy efficiency success story with videos, photos, graphics, or other content. Or share this blog post. When you sign up on the EE Day website, we will send material you can use.
Last year, EE Day participants generated more than 5,000 social media posts that were seen by millions of viewers. We were blown away by the creativity and humor of the 2016 posts, and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next month. We believe we can make an even bigger impact this year with your help. Send any questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.