How do Energy Costs
Affect Maryland
Households?

ENERGY COSTS MONEY. EVERY BIT OF ENERGY THAT ESCAPES YOUR
HOME THROUGH A LEAKY WINDOW IS MONEY OUT THE WINDOW, TOO.

We think Maryland can do better.

 
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By investing in statewide energy efficiency programs, Maryland can help
residents save money on their utility bills, protect against fuel and electricity
price spikes, and build a more affordable,reliable electricity system for Maryland households.

The smartest way is to improve energy efficiency is to invest in a statewide
program called EmPOWER Maryland.

 

What is EmPOWER Maryland?

Enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2008, EmPOWER Maryland is a
statewide program that helps homeowners, renters, and businesses save energy
and money. The program provides incentives and technical assistance for
improving insulation, sealing air leaks, and installing more efficient appliances in
homes and buildings. The upgrades are funded by a monthly surcharge on
customer utility bills that averages less than $6 per month. The program is
administered by Maryland’s six largest utilities and the Maryland Department of
Housing and Community Development.

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Does EmPOWER Maryland Have a Real Impact?

Absolutely. It benefits our households, our environment, and our economy. A
recent report found that every dollar invested in EmPOWER Maryland returns
$1.81 in benefits for Marylanders. By reducing aggregate consumer demand for
power, EmPOWER investments keep electric rates down for all of us.

Combined with other energy initiatives, EmPOWER Maryland has helped 21,000
low-income households save $340 annually on their electric bills.
Government initiatives that actually save Marylanders money don’t come around
often. When they do, policymakers should embrace them and ensure they remain
successful.

What about our economy and environment?

Maryland could gain more than 68,000 new jobs and $3.75 billion in new gross
domestic product as a result of investments made over the next 10 years through
the EmPOWER Maryland. By eliminating wasteful energy consumption, we can
also improve public health. The energy savings from EmPOWER have cut
nearly 19 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, over 34 million pounds
of nitrogen oxides, and nearly 78 million pounds of sulfur dioxide.

Energy Efficient Maryland is dedicated to working closely with Maryland utilities,
regulators, and policymakers to protect and expand the state’s investments in
EmPOWER Maryland.

 

To learn how EmPOWER Maryland can help your home or business energy needs, contact your local utility provider:

BGE | Delmarva Power | PEPCO | Potomac Edison | SMECO | Washington Gas