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.
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:
Potomac Edison's Energy Saving Programs
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.
Click here for detailed explanations of each energy conservation measure
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
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
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.
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