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CLICK HERE for ways to save $ on electric and gas hardware (2017 EmPower Maryland incentives).

Sign up for Renewable Energy
We hope you support the development of sustainable energy with your home electricity supply, and the information here can help you make the best choice for your home. The monthly electric bill from Pepco has two charges: the “supply rate” to generate the energy; and the “delivery rate” to get it over the transmission lines and right to our homes. We can choose whether Pepco or another company will supply our electricity, but whatever we chose it will be delivered on Pepco transmission lines and our bill will come from Pepco (and that’s who we blame when bad weather knocks out our power).

There are two ways to support sustainable energy in your home: generate it yourself; or chose a supplier with wind, solar, or other renewable options. At this time, Pepco isn’t supplying renewables. Renewable energy suppliers in Maryland are advertised on Pepco’s webpage. We recommend that you first check them out online with the Better Business Bureau.

Groundswell, a local nonprofit, does bulk clean energy purchases. Although these rates may change, at the time of our research (Dec 2014), Groundswell had negotiated a price of 8.3 cents/kWh for 100% wind energy, whereas wind energy on your own from Pepco was 10.2 cents/kWh; clean wind power was marginally more expensive than ‘dirty’ energy from Pepco of 6.73 cents/kWh.

Clean power means cleaner healthier air and water, and a greener environment. The earth and future generations will appreciate your move to clean power today.

Have an Energy Audit
Pepco is rolling out a new energy conservation program to subsidize the cost of energy audits, so homeowners will pay only $100 per audit. To get a Gold Star by your name, take steps 1 and 2 and implement at least some of the recommendations of the energy audit.

 

2015 Energy Efficiency Incentives and Tax Credits

A number of federal, state, county and utility programs exist to reduce the cost of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal, and to incentivize homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Some federal programs expired at the end of 2014.

Pepco continues the discounted $100 home energy assessment and upgrade rebates started by the Maryland Energy Administration in 2011. The program, designed to help the state achieve its goal of reducing energy consumption by 15% this year, offers a 50% rebate (up to $2,000 total) toward qualifying home efficiency upgrades. For individuals who, in addition to the up to 50% rebate, may need assistance in financing a home energy efficiency investment, the Maryland Energy Administration and Maryland Clean Energy Center offers unsecured home energy improvement loans for up to $20,000 at 9.99%. State and Federal federal tax credits may also apply.

2015 Energy Incentives, Rebates, Tax Credits List

To get started call Pepco at 1-866-353-5798, or visit Pepco’s website.

 

GPCAN has been researching local energy audit companies and has selected four firms, each of which is certified by the Maryland Energy Office. We weighed the actual experience of energy audit initiatives in the towns of Chevy Chase and Somerset to come up with this
list of recommended firms.  

Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

image fluorescent bulbs This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do to get started in the energy saving business. These bulbs last longer and use much less electricity. . . its a no-brainer!

 

 

 

 

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Conservation: the Quickest Route to Sustainability