For the last few years, we have been visiting local breweries around the County to make sure that residents have the most energy efficient lightbulbs on the market. And this year, we are taking it even further – encouraging residents to KICK GAS.
Since 2015, February has been proclaimed as “Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month” by Gov. Larry Hogan. “FeBREWary.”is the official month-long celebration of Maryland craft beer. Maryland is a bubbling craft beer destination in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you are a Maryland resident or a tourist planning a craft beer getaway, FeBREWary is the perfect time to visit and explore Maryland’s breweries.
In Montgomery County, we have been celebrating the many small and independent brewers along the Tastemakers Trail since 2019, when we created the Brews and Bulbs initiative that allows residents to swap out their inefficient light bulbs for LEDs while drinking delicious locally brewed beer, and supporting local business owners.
This year, the participating breweries will not only be hosting a light bulb exchange but members of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC. will be present to talk about EV ownership and we will be promoting the new EV Purchasing Cooperative. You can also learn about going solar with PV panels or community solar subscriptions.
There are so many ways that you can use less energy every day, you can conserve energy by not using it at all or you can make these changes to become more energy efficient.
Lighting accounts for about 9 percent of a typical home’s energy use. Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR© qualified lights can save more than $65 a year in energy costs.
This is why we are hosting light bulb exchanges at every event in FeBREWary.
The first step to using less energy in your home, whether you live in an apartment, a condo, a townhouse, or a single family home, is to schedule either a Quick Home Energy Checkup, a easy way to pinpoint all the ways your home can save more energy and it only takes about an hour, or a Home Performance with ENERY STAR Audit, a comprehensive look at your home’s energy performance which detects areas of energy loss.
Every President’s Day Weekend shoppers across Maryland get a break from the state’s 6 percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR© products. This is an opportunity upgrade your old appliances, make sure your home is using the most energy efficient appliances on the market, and get a tax break. ENERGY STAR also features a Rebate Finder on their website. This tool allows you to find rebates and special offers near you on ENERGY STAR certified products.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued a challenge to County residents and businesses to “Lead the EV Charge” by pledging to buy electric vehicles as the County launched the Washington Region’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Cooperative pilot program. The initiative is designed to accelerate the adoption of EVs by the public in an effort to reach the County’s Climate Action Plan goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2027 and a 100 percent reduction by 2035.
At all of our events, residents will be encouraged to pledge to drive electric to reduce your contribution to transportation pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of your home and provide a host of other benefits, such as supporting local businesses and contributing to energy independence. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, they emit harmful gases that are the primary cause of air pollution and global climate change. Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, but they are also a finite resource. Because of this, the price is constantly fluctuating and can increase in a short period of time. There are many ways to go solar beyond putting solar panels on your roof.
Joining a solar co-op can reduce your costs, make installation easier, and answer all of your solar questions. A solar co-op is a group of residents who come together in order to get better pricing and service on home solar installations. Members receive expert advice and guidance, removing much of the hassle of do-it-yourself installation. Solar co-ops make installing a solar system easy.
The Capital Area Solar Co-op brings together residents from Montgomery County, Town of Poolesville, the cities of Bowie, Falls Church, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Takoma Park, and Washington DC as well as Arlington and Frederick County in an effort to promote residential solar installations. We will be launching year two in April 2022.
Community, or shared, solar makes it possible for anyone with an electric bill to access solar energy, even if they can’t put it where they live. Residents receive the same benefit as installing solar panels on their roofs by subscribing to a large commercial project in the same utility area.
Montgomery County Green Bank has its first project at Paddington Square – this array is Montgomery County’s first community solar project built to serve income qualifying households, and its subscribers will play a critical role in shaping the future of energy in Maryland. Join here.
The Oaks Landfill Community Solar Project is a groundbreaking project for Montgomery County and Maryland as a whole. This is the largest community solar farm in the country to reserve 100% of its power for income qualifying residents who receive their electricity via Pepco. This ensures residents who qualify to receive 25% savings on their electricity costs every month.
You can also find additional local projects in which you can participate here.