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It pays to con­serve energy, lit­er­ally. Incen­tives and tax cred­its are avail­able to home­own­ers who make energy 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

As of Jan­u­ary 1, 2017, the only fed­eral income tax cred­its avail­able for energy-efficiency home improve­ments are for Solar Energy Sys­temsMost fed­eral tax cred­its for con­sumers expired at the end of 2016. For any updates on tax cred­its visit ENERGY STAR’s Fed­eral Income Tax Cred­its Page.  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.

Util­ity Com­pany Programs
BGE and Pepco both offer home energy audit pro­grams at dis­counted rates. Their Home Per­for­mance with Energy Star pro­grams offer com­pre­hen­sive energy audits for $100, an esti­mated $400 value. The audit report will rec­om­mend spe­cific upgrades as well as esti­mates for their cost, state incen­tives and pay­back period.  Incen­tives typ­i­cally cover upgrades such as air seal­ing, insu­la­tion and duct sealing.
As a bonus, home­own­ers can receive free LED light bulbs, water heater pipe wraps, show­er­head adapters, faucet aer­a­tors and power strips. These can be installed the day of the audit with the home­own­ers per­mis­sion. All con­trac­tors are vet­ted and approved by the util­ity com­pa­nies. To learn more and sign up directly through the util­ity com­pa­nies, use these links for the BGE and Pepco home energy audit programs.
Util­ity com­pa­nies also offer rebates on energy upgrades such as heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing equip­ment as well as Energy Star appli­ances.  Check out these rebates for BGE — Appli­ances, Heat­ing and Cool­ing and Pepco — Appli­ances, Heat­ing and Cool­ing.

Energy Use Rewards

BGE’s Peak Rewards pro­gram and Pepco’s Energy Wise Rewards pro­gram are 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.

Res­i­den­tial cus­tomers can choose either a pro­gram­ma­ble ther­mo­stat or a switch pro­fes­sion­ally installed. Then you agree to help ease high elec­tric­ity demand by allow­ing the energy com­pany 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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