EmPOWER Maryland


To plan for EmPOWER beyond 2015, MEA is working with stakeholders from the electric and gas utilities and suppliers, the environmental advocacy community, and state agencies. Please see the EmPOWER Maryland Planning page for more details.

EmPOWER logo features text and a CFL lightbuld. Under Governor Martin O’Malley’s “EmPOWER Maryland” initiative, the State will reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2015.

Under the “EmPOWER Maryland” initiative, the State has worked to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2015. To help achieve this goal, MEA has encouraged residents to adopt energy saving measures that are most appropriate for their home. In many cases, these measures do not require a large financial investment.

As part of the EmPOWER Maryland legislation, Maryland's five utilities offer many programs to save your home or business energy—and money! The Maryland Public Service Commission approved higher rebates from 2012 to 2014, so there's never been a better time to improve the efficiency of your home or business.

Programs include lighting and appliance rebates for homeowners, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (including home energy assessments and 50% rebates for energy improvements like insulation and air sealing), commercial lighting rebates, and energy efficiency services for industrial facilities. Find incentives offered by your utility using the links below:

Maryland State Agencies
Department of Housing & Community Development logo The EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) helps residents of low income households install energy conservation materials in their homes at no charge.
BGE Smart Energy Savers Program
delmarva Delmarva Power’s Energy Saving Programs
pepco Pepco's Energy Saving Programs
Potomac Edison's Energy Saving Programs

Potomac Edison's Energy Saving Programs

smeco SMECO’s EmPOWER Maryland programs


More Energy Saving Information

While every home is different, the chart below provides a list of energy savings measures that residents can use to achieve significant energy savings. When implemented, these measures can help Marylanders significantly reduce electricity consumption.

Energy Conservation Measure

Estimated Annual kWh savings

Annual Electric Bill Savings

Estimated Reduction in Household Electricity Consumption

Replace all lights with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)




Blow-in Wall Insulation




Seal Ductwork




Repair Ceiling Leaks




Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR, front-load clothes washer




Upgrade Attic Insulation




Upgrade a 10 year old refrigerator to an ENERGY STAR refrigerator




Upgrade to ENERGY STAR room air conditioner




Install low flow showerhead




Click here for detailed explanations of each energy conservation measure

EmPOWER Maryland for State Government

The “EmPOWER Maryland” initiative extends beyond the residential and business sectors and also delivers cost savings to Maryland State offices and buildings.

For more information, please visit the Maryland Department of General Services Energy Conservation page.