EmPOWER Maryland




​​Within the realm of MEA’s mission of promoting affordable and reliable energy, 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 EmPOWER 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 demands 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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More Energy Saving Information

 

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)

1000

$130

6%

Blow-in Wall Insulation

700

$90

4%

Seal Ductwork

650

$85

4%

Repair Ceiling Leaks

600

$80

3%

Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR, front-load clothes washer

400

$50

2%

Upgrade Attic Insulation

300

$40

2%

Upgrade a 10 year old refrigerator to an ENERGY STAR refrigerator

300

$40

2%

Upgrade to ENERGY STAR room air conditioner

250

$30

1%

Install low flow showerhead

250

$30

1%

EmPOWER Maryland for State Government

 

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.​