City Celebrates October as Energy Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

​In an effort to help Virginia Beach save energy and money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. is encouraging the community to celebrate October as Energy Awareness Month, pledging to commit to an energy-saving action plan by taking the “Energy Star Pledge.” To take this online pledge to save energy, our citizens can visit:

“Saving energy is as easy as changing a light bulb,” says Lori Herrick, the city’s energy manager. “Residential LEDs use approximately 75 percent less energy, can last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, and the prices really came down. Businesses and other organizations can also show their commitment to energy efficiency by purchasing and installing LED fixtures and bulbs as well.”

Residents are also encouraged to utilize “MY ENERGY STAR.”  This is a webpage on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.  This page not only gives energy saving ideas, but is allows people to track all of their energy-saving actions.

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, the city is also offering free Energy Star portfolio training to businesses.   Businesses can bring 12 months of energy bills and participate in an energy workshop designed to help them to analyze their energy usage. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., and registration can be done at  or by calling 757-385-5630.

“By working together as a community, we can all help reduce our energy costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions and make a real difference in our sustainability efforts," Mayor Sessoms said.

For more information about Virginia Beach’s Energy Management Program, visit or more information about Virginia Beach’s Energy Management Program, visit or call 757-385-5630.

To take the Pledge online to save energy, visit:

To utilize MYENERGYSTAR, visit:

For more information on Dominion’s Energy Conservation Programs:

For more information on Virginia Natural Gas’s Energy Conservation Programs: