POWER DOWN DC is a voluntary building to building education series and utility reduction competition for apartment buildings in the District. Currently in its pilot phase, the challenge is for residents and staff to reduce building energy and water use by a minimum of 5% over a four-month period. Every pilot building that achieves the 5% target will win, with an overall winner to be crowned based on greatest total reductions. The program will encourage behavior change through education, group and individual activities, and regular reminders about wasting less energy and water.
POWER DOWN DC is funded in part by the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) through a grant from the Green Building Fund, and the program is implemented by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA). POWER DOWN DC is designed to help engage with residents and building staff to conserve resources, achieve measurable reductions in energy and water use, and foster a culture of conservation in multifamily residential rental units in the District. The program will continue its pilot through 2016 and will expand in future years to support interested multifamily properties in the District.