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It pays to con­serve energy, lit­er­ally. State and fed­eral incen­tives and tax cred­its are avail­able to home­own­ers who make energy effi­cient home improve­ments. From Energy Star appli­ances to solar pan­els there are dozens of ways to make your home more energy effi­cient, help­ing you to save money (and the planet) every month.

Fed­eral Tax Credit

If you pur­chase an energy-efficient prod­uct or renew­able energy sys­tem for your home, you may be eli­gi­ble for a fed­eral tax credit. Fed­eral Tax Cred­its for Con­sumer Energy Effi­ciency have allowed tax cred­its for projects such as insu­la­tion, effi­cient win­dows and doors, and effi­cient heaters. Solar energy sys­tems, res­i­den­tial wind tur­bines, and geot­her­mal heat pumps may also tax cred­its. These pro­grams change annu­ally, so please see www.energystar.gov for details.

Mary­land Energy Incentives

The Mary­land Energy Admin­is­tra­tion oper­ates sev­eral energy incen­tives for busi­nesses and homes. Incen­tives include renew­able energy, energy effi­ciency, and green building.

Mary­land Energy Admin­is­tra­tion incen­tives web­page for more details about state tax credits.

Howard County Renew­able Energy Tax Credit

Howard County imple­mented a renew­able energy tax credit to jump start the indus­try in Howard County and cre­ate green jobs. The 4 year pro­gram encour­aged home­own­ers to pur­chase and install solar and geot­her­mal energy sys­tems for their homes.

Howard County High Per­for­mance Buildings

Howard County offers tax cred­its to new con­struc­tion and exist­ing build­ings with LEED plat­inum, gold, or sil­ver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Find out more about the LEED tax credit.

BGE Smart Energy Savers Program

BGE has a pro­gram to pro­vide res­i­dents with rebates for res­i­dents who get energy effi­cient upgrades on cer­tain appli­ances. More infor­ma­tion can be found here.

BGE Peak Rewards

BGE’s Peak Rewards pro­gram is designed to help ease the “peak” demand for elec­tric­ity in the Mid-Atlantic region. If you have cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing or an elec­tric heat pump you can get up to $100 in bill cred­its plus a first year bonus and save even more by using a pro­gram­ma­ble thermostat.

BGE res­i­den­tial cus­tomers can choose either a pro­gram­ma­ble ther­mo­stat or a switch pro­fes­sion­ally installed. Then you agree to help ease high elec­tric­ity demand by allow­ing BGE to “cycle” your air con­di­tion­ing on and off from time to time, typ­i­cally dur­ing the sum­mer months when elec­tric­ity demand is at its peak. If you enroll, you choose which level you are com­fort­able with; 50%, 75%, or 100% cycling.

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