• Conserving Energy & Cutting Energy Costs

        The Loudoun County government’s Energy Manager, Najib Salehi, reminds
        residents and businesses that making small changes can add up to a big
        difference in energy usage.

        “Everyone can be his or her own energy manager,” Salehi said. “As drops of
        water can make rivers, it’s true with energy. We make decisions every day in
        our lives that can reduce carbon emissions, the energy we use and our carbon
        footprint. We can make a world of difference.” Salehi says some of the
        small things people can do are:

        . Turn off unnecessary lights
        . Turn off computers when not in use
        . Fix leaky faucets and leaky windows
        . Install window shades on the sunny side of the house
        . Carpool
        . Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs

        Purchasing energy efficient products will be a little easier this weekend.
        In connection with Energy Efficiency & Conservation Month, the state of
        Virginia has declared Friday, October 10 through Monday, October 13, 2008,
        as Virginia’s ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday. All eligible retailers who
        carry ENERGY STAR qualified products will suspend sales tax on these
        qualified products that cost up to $2,500 or less:

        . Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs )
        . Ceiling fans
        . Clothes washers
        . Dehumidifiers
        . Dishwashers
        . Programmable thermostats
        . Refrigerators
        . Room air conditioners

        Also on Wednesday, October 8, the Board of Supervisors Ad Hoc Committee on
        Energy Efficiency will hold a “listening session” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in
        the Board Room of the county government center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in
        Leesburg.

        More information about energy efficiency and conservation in Loudoun County,
        including energy conservation tips for the upcoming winter, is available on
        the county website at www.loudoun.gov/energy.