Clean Affordable Energy

downloadWe live in a world where our energy resources are finite. Each year we burn more and more fossil fuels, polluting God’s creation. Fossil fuels are non-renewable, that is, they draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. It will also become more expensive to consumers as our resources dwindle. In contrast, renewable energy resources—such as wind and solar energy—are constantly replenished and will never run out. You can learn more about renewable sources of energy here.

Climate-Friendly Energy Sources

 

There are ways we can work together to reduce our dependence st-margaret-solaron fossil fuels and save money at the same time. Community organizations, such as Groundswell, work to reduce the cost of clean energy and increase the accessibility of these services to communities at all income levels. Currently, they operate throughout the Mid-Atlantic including Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Our partner Interfaith Power and Light works with Groundswell to empower communities to collectively purchase clean energy. If you would like more information on how you can switch, sign up here. You can also choose to switch your regular home energy to completely renewable sources by choosing the supplier source from your provider’s website. You can find more information about this process here.

EmPOWER Maryland

The state of Maryland has also come up with affordable ways to lessen the burden of electricity in the state and give back to responsible consumers. In 2008, the Maryland General Assembly passed the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act (“the Act”).  The legislation set a target reduction of 15% from a 2007 baseline for per capita electricity consumption and peak demand by 2015. From its inception through September 2012, EmPOWER Maryland has helped to fund measures that will reduce energy usage of ratepayers by 2.0 million MWh per year, will reduce peak demand by over 1,000 MW, and will save ratepayers $250 million annually in avoided electricity bills. These savings will continue for years, saving ratepayers $3.7 billion over the useful life of currently installed measures.

As part of the Act, utilities companies have created their own incentives to encourage people to reduce energy usage and switch to cleaner sources of energy. Here is how you can help the environment and your wallet:

BGE residential programs:bge-logo

BGE Business Programs:


Delmarva Power Programs:delmarva-logo


Pepco Power Programs:


Potomac Edison Programs:

Potomac Edison Commercial Programs


SMECO Programs:


Washington Gas Company:washington-gas-logo

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