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2009

Since coal is the primary fuel for 60 percent of the electrical energy in our area, saving electricity means being green—from less mountaintop removal mining to less global climate change. Burning less fuel oil and natural gas to heat our homes also reduces environmental harm. Fortunately, there are federal and state incentives for saving energy.

Since coal is the primary fuel for 60 percent of the electrical energy in our area, saving electricity means being green—from less mountaintop removal mining to less global climate change. Burning less fuel oil and natural gas to heat our homes also reduces environmental harm. Fortunately, there are federal and state incentives for saving energy.

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the “stimulus bill”) provides a 30 percent tax credit of up to $1,500 through 2010 for homeowners to make their houses more efficient, including installing new windows, doors, insulation, and heating equipment. In addition, there is an unlimited 30 percent tax credit through 2016 for installing solar or wind systems and geothermal heat pumps. There are also attractive tax deductions for owners of commercial buildings. For details, see energystar.gov/taxcredits.

There are many programs through the 2007 Empower Maryland legislation that offer incentives to individuals and businesses to save energy. Contact your local electric utility to learn more about these grants:

 

BGE:

http://bgesmartenergy.com/

PEPCO and Delmarva Power:

https://energywiserewards.pepco.com/ (includes a free digital thermostat)

SMECO:

http://www.smeco.coop/save/

Allegheny Power: www.alleghenypower.com

/EngConserv/MD/ResEECMd.asp

 

See a database of incentives for renewables and efficiency at www.dsireusa.org.

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