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Sustainability Resources For Residents

Purchase Green and Renewable Power in Maryland

Residents, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in Maryland and Washington D.C. have the option of switching from their electric utility to a "green" energy supplier. The energy suppliers supply power generated from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower and various forms of biomass. Delivery of the electricity to your home and all necessary service is still provided by your local utility. However, the 'green' energy suppliers provide renewable energy to the grid and your utility delivers that energy to your home or business. These green energy suppliers are licensed by state and federal agencies and are not in competition with the local utility. The local utility does not profit from the energy. Instead they profit from the delivery and service of electricity, which would remain the same.

The Department of Energy has additional information about purchasing green power in Maryland. Companies offering green power in Maryland include Viridian Energy, Clean Currents, and Washington Gas and Electric Services. Purchasing green power helps support increased development of renewable energy sources, which can reduce the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Save Energy Through Your Utility Company

All five of Maryland's utility companies offer programs to help save you energy and money in your home or business. Programs include lighting and appliance rebates for homeowners, Home Performance with Energy Star (including home energy assessments and rebates for energy improvements like air sealing, insulation, and installing gas tankless water heaters), commercial lighting rebates, and energy efficiency services for industrial facilities. Find out more through the Maryland Energy Administration's EmPower Maryland website.

High Performance Homes Tax Credit

In April 2012, Baltimore County Council passed a revised Property Tax Credit for high performance homes that are LEED certified, achieve at least a silver rating according to the International Code Council's 700 National Green Building Standard, or have certified energy efficiency improvements made by an approved building modeling system. The tax credit is for new or existing homes in the residential sector which are being renovated.

More information and instructions on how to apply are available through the Office of Budget and Finance's High Performance Homes Tax Credit Web page.

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Energy Conservation Devices Property Tax Credit

The allocated budget for the Energy Conservation Property Tax Credit has been met. There is currently a waiting list and all new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Baltimore County offers a Property Tax Credit for solar energy devices or geothermal energy devices for residential or multi-family residential application. Eligible solar devices include that those heat or cool a structure, generate electricity for use in a structure, or provide hot water for use in a structure. Eligible geothermal devices may be used to heat or cool a structure or provide hot water for use in a structure. The amount of the property tax credit is set at the lesser of 50 percent of the cost of the system or $5,000 for heating devices and $1,500 for devices which supply hot water.

More information and instructions on how to apply are available through the Office of Budget and Finance's Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit Web page. Applicants should be prepared to include the Baltimore County Inspection Certification (not the State of Maryland), and a detailed payment listing.

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Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit

Pie graph image of how a typical home uses energy.

Check out the Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit (PDF) to find out ways to save money in every part of your home.

Using our home energy audit will help you investigate parts of your home that you might not know affect your energy bill. Some of the factors contributing to your bill include insulation levels, tightness of windows and doors, what types of appliances you’re using, and other elements.

Source 2007 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table 4.2.1., 2005 energy cost data.

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Reusing and Recycling Unwanted Household Items

If you have items to donate, look through the Reuse Directory (PDF) provided by Baltimore County's Bureau of Solid Waste Management. It provides locations and businesses that accept used items such as small and large appliances, cell phones, clothing, books, paints, and toys etc. Donating your items will not only conserve space in our landfills, but they will supply people with resources they might not otherwise be able to obtain.

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Disclaimer: This information is offered as guidelines. Links to various sources are included when available. Baltimore County does not endorse nor recommend specific products.

Revised July 1, 2014

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