Holland celebrates Energy Efficiency Day with continuing efforts

Editor’s note: This article was updated to accurately reflect the time of the Holland Board of Public Works’ Oct. 8 customer appreciation event.

HOLLAND — For the third year, the city of Holland will officially celebrate Energy Efficiency Day, this year on Oct. 6. This annual awareness event is supported by hundreds of prominent national organizations, companies, government agencies and others. 

The Energy Efficiency Day motto is “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.” The goal is to share tips, tools and stories that promote the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, from lower costs to healthier homes.

Holland has signed on since the effort aligns so well with what we have been teaching our residents for decades. 

In the Holland Evening Sentinel nearly 50 years ago, large Holland Board of Public Works ads encouraged customers to reduce energy use in response to the 1973 oil crisis. Many of the tips that were shared then are ones that we still recommend today: Set your thermostats back, run full loads of laundry, conduct annual furnace and air conditioning tune-ups, complete air sealing around doors and windows and many more.

Some of the tips we provided back then have since been incorporated into mandatory building codes, like venting clothes dryers to the outdoors or increasing the insulation in walls and attics. 

Most of the energy efficiency measures touted during the 1973 energy crisis, in this clipping from the Holland Sentinel, are still valid today.

However, most actions to save energy still fall to the home or building owner to complete, and homes built before modern building codes went into effect (like many of the homes in Holland) have the most work to do. That’s why we are still forced to repeat many of the same tips half a century later; we need your help to make these efficiency improvements.