EmPOWER Maryland


Update: Due to the COVID emergency some EmPower programs may have interruptions or changes, please see your utility's website for updates: Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE)Choptank Electric Cooperative, Delmarva PowerEaston UtilitiesFirst Energy or Allegheny PowerPotomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO)  

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) strongly supports energy efficiency and conservation programs developed pursuant to the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act (codified at Md. Code Ann., Public Utilities § 7-211). In enacting the EmP​OWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act in 2008, the Maryland General Assembly noted that “energy efficiency is among the least expensive ways to meet the growing electricity dem​ands of the State” (Id.§ 7-211(b)). EmPOWER programs have the potential to provide cost-effective long-term benefits, including reduced energy consumption and rates, avoided investments in energy transmission and distribution, job creation, and improvements to the environment.

EmPOWER programs are managed by the following companies: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Potomac Edison Company (PE), Delmarva Power & Light (Delmarva), Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO), and Washington Gas Light Company (WGL), with the exception of programs for low-income customers, which the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers. 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. If you are a residential, commercial, or industrial customer, you can find incentives offered by your utility using the links below.​

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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.

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Energy Conservation MeasureEstimated Annual kWh savingsAnnual Electric Bill SavingsEstimated Reduction in Household Electricity Consumption
Replace all lights with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)1000$1306%
Blow-in Wall Insulation700$904%
Seal Ductwork650$854%
Repair Ceiling Leaks600$803%
Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR, front-load clothes washer400$502%
Upgrade Attic Insulation300$402%
Upgrade a 10 year old refrigerator to an ENERGY STAR refrigerator300$402%
Upgrade to ENERGY STAR room air conditioner250$301%
Install low flow showerhead250$301%

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