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Home Energy

Home energy effi­ciency is about using less energy to pro­vide the same level of com­fort. This can be achieved through bet­ter tech­nol­ogy, with prod­ucts like Energy Star appli­ances and com­pact flu­o­res­cent light­bulbs (CFL), or changes in behav­ior such as using a pro­gram­ma­ble ther­mo­stat. More effi­cient energy use means lower util­ity bills, less depen­dency on fos­sil fuels, and reduc­tion of pollution.

Pur­chas­ing Energy Star appli­ances, equip­ment and light­ing can cut energy costs by up to 30%. No-cost energy savers include turn­ing off elec­tron­ics and unplug­ging charg­ers when not in use, low­er­ing the tem­per­a­ture on your water heater to 120 degrees and wash­ing clothes in cold water. When you make energy effi­ciency part of your every­day activ­i­ties you are sav­ing money, reduc­ing energy demand and cre­at­ing fewer green­house gases.

In Mary­land, as much as half of home energy goes to heat­ing and cool­ing. Duct seal­ing, improved insu­la­tion, and plug­ging leaks from win­dows, doors, attics and crawl spaces are very effec­tive and afford­able ways to improve the effi­ciency of your home.

A home energy audit is a great oppor­tu­nity to find ways to save energy and money. The results should include a list of projects for a home­owner to pri­or­i­tize and see if and when the improve­ments will pay for them­selves in reduced energy costs.

Retro­fit Bal­ti­more, a pro­gram of the non­profit Civic Works, can help Howard County res­i­dents make the energy effi­ciency upgrade process more con­veni­nent and afford­able. Energy effi­ciency improve­ments can lower energy bills, while mak­ing a house more com­fort­able, health­ier and more envi­ron­men­tally friendly.  Retro­fit Bal­ti­more ensures that energy-saving home improve­ments are per­formed by a vet­ted and screened con­trac­tor and that home­own­ers are able to take advan­tage of all avail­able finan­cial incen­tives to make the improve­ments. Retro­fit Bal­ti­more serves the entire Greater Bal­ti­more area. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit retrofitbaltimore.org.

Please click here for our list of Home Energy Tips which has a list of No-Cost Options, Low-Cost Options, and Strate­gic Savings.

Even more ideas can be found on our Live Green Energy Card. It has dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of Sim­ply Green, Solidly Green and Seri­ously Green options.

For infor­ma­tion about what Howard County Gov­ern­ment is doing to save energy, please visit the Howard County Energy Effi­ciency page and the Howard County Renew­able Energy page.

For infor­ma­tion about home energy effi­ciency pro­grams in Mary­land, see below:

BGE Smart Energy Savers Program

Mary­land Energy Admin­is­tra­tion Incentives

Weath­er­iza­tion Program

Fuel Fund of Mary­land Watts Watcher program

Smart Green and Growing

EmPower Mary­land

Retro­fit Baltimore

Green Tip

Buy local.It’s fresher: Produce shipped from outside the country travels up to two weeks before it arrives in grocery stores.