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Monday, February 25, 2013

Energy efficient homes with greeNEWit

     Today we hear a great deal about finding new energy resources that are clean and renewable.  Maryland seems poised to fund a wind farm off the coast of Ocean City that hopefully will be one new source for clean energy production for Maryland homes and businesses.  Maryland has been taking the cautious road to approving fracking in the state to produce natural gas.  While many of the clean, renewable energy resources will take millions, if not billions, of dollars and many years to increase our energy supply we as individuals can make some dramatic results by making sure that our homes are energy efficient.  I have recently learned of an easy way to begin this process.  The program is with greeNEWit and they will come to your home, do an energy audit and install energy efficient products at no additional cost.  The money for this service is something that we are already paying a couple of dollars for each month on our utility bills.
   I talked with Sarah Frye from greeNEWit last week and asked if she could send along some information about the program.  Below is what she sent me.

"START SAVING MONEY WITH A QUICK HOME ENERGY CHECK-UP
    We are writing to inform you of an exciting new opportunity where you can start saving money immediately while reducing your energy consumption. The new opportunity is with greeNEWit, an energy solutions company that provides quick home energy check-ups (QHEC) to help homeowners lower monthly utility bills and achieve energy savings.

As part of the Empower Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, you can sign up for a QHEC and get energy-efficient products such as CFLs, efficient-flow showerheads, smart strips and more installed at NO additional cost your usual monthly utility bills. The products included in the QHEC have an estimated retail value up to $175. Not to mention that your utility bills will go down as a result.

We encourage you to sign up here: http://www.greenewit.com/single-family-qhec.
On the portion of the form that asks: ‘I heard about the single family qhec from...’, select OUR ORGANIZATIONS > Hoco Connect.

Whether you reside in a house, condo, townhouse, apartment, duplex or mobile home, and as long as you have an active utility account in the state of Maryland, you’re likely eligible for the energy and water saving upgrades from greeNEWit that are a fast, easy way to increase the energy efficiency of your home and help you start saving immediately.

If everyone in Howard County signed up and completed the quick home energy check-up from greeNEWit, think how much electricity, water, gas and money we’d save as a result. Together we can make a huge difference!

More About the Empower Maryland Energy Efficiency Act
The Empower Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008 mandates a reduction of both per capita energy consumption and per capita peak demand by15 percent by the end of 2015. As a result, the local utilities created a suite of energy efficient programs, and the quick home energy check-up is becoming increasingly popular. Your participation in this program is helping Maryland get one important step closer to achieving the 15% energy reduction target. At the bottom of your utility bill, you can see a percentage of the existing costs going toward this program that is now redirected back to you and your community."


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