Tag Archive: efficiency

“Lighten Up” Lightbulb Exchange

Montgomery Energy Connection, a program of Montgomery County is excited to bring “Lemonade & LEDs” to your Farmers’ Market. Join us on Sunday, August 1st at the Bethesda Central Farmers’ Market to swap out your old incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) lightbulbs. Our motto is “lemons are sour, saving money is sweet!” Come swap your

Is Energy Efficiency Still Needed Post Pandemic?

Guest Blog Post written by Jenn Williams, COO, LewLew Energy Somehow, we all are still here after the catastrophic year formerly known as 2020. We don’t have to relive it, mainly because we are still living through it currently. Just like everyone else in the world the renewable energy industry took a hard hit due to

Residential Energy Tips to Help Lower Costs

Join the Residential Energy Program Manager, Larissa Johnson, from Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection for an interactive presentation on how to lower your utility costs and keep money in your pocket. REGISTER HERE. When it comes to your utility bill, you may be spending more than you want to. The Montgomery County Department of

Prepping Your Workspace for An Efficient, Extended Absence

With telework on the rise, we all have a significant opportunity to prep our workstations and buildings for an extended absence, be it a vacation, holiday, or extended closure. We’ve gathered tips for employees and facilities to share how we can operate commercial buildings safely and efficiently during a time of vacancy.  For Employees  Before leaving your office, take these simple

A Bethesda Office Building Saves Thousands through Commissioning

Peel Properties of Montgomery County anticipates considerable savings on monthly operating costs at their Bethesda Office Center by participating in a utility incentive program for building commissioning (MBCx). The MBCx program is part of the larger EmPOWER Maryland’s Energy Savings for Business Program. Rob Casteel, Senior Property Manager of Peel Properties, has worked in property

Energy and partnerships…what’s the connection?

This blog post was written by DEP’s Residential Energy Program Manager, Larissa Johnson, and originally appeared on the BOOST Breakfast Club blog.  There’s something you need to know about me, I love all things energy related!!! I love eating food (especially broccoli) because it gives me energy to live, dance, and laugh. I love talking

Saving energy and taxpayer dollars through continuous improvement of County operations

Montgomery County’s Department of General Services (DGS) often works behind the scenes to ensure that the County is operating efficiently, both in terms of cost and utilities, through innovative programs and processes. Improving performance through continuous improvement In 2018, DGS launched their Continuous Energy Improvement Program. This Program is exactly what it sounds like –

How to decrease your home’s carbon footprint

Home buyers and owners from coast to coast have zeroed in on cost and energy-saving features in an effort to boost sustainability and make homes more efficient and cost effective. There are many simple and effective ways to reduce home energy use simply by adjusting personal habits. Turning off lights and adjusting the temperature settings are a

Audit Success: One church’s assessment leads to cost and energy savings

Energy efficiency is as important to financial bottom lines as it is to helping the environment. Utility costs are the largest unfixed expense for most businesses, including nonprofit organizations. When nonprofits use energy inefficiently, they are spending money on utility bills that could be going towards meeting their mission. Congregations and houses of worship are

There’s a way to make your home more energy efficient…for free!

Did you know that there’s an organization in Montgomery County that offers safe and healthy home repairs at no cost to the recipient? There is and the organization is called Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) RTMC works in partnership with state and local governments, community volunteers, nonprofit service providers, and corporate partners to provide free
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October is Energy Action Month!

In Montgomery County, we celebrate Energy Action Month by sharing easy tips to help residents and businesses save energy and money.   TIP 1:  Make a COUNTER argument Most of your small kitchen appliances reside on your counters. This month, we propose you UNPLUG those appliances when they are not being used. Do the Math:

Montgomery County Green Bank names Tom Deyo as first CEO

The Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Green Bank (MCGB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Deyo as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery County Green Bank, the nation’s first local Green Bank. Recognizing the importance of public-private commitment to increase energy efficiency, grow renewable energy generation, and reduce greenhouse
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Energy Tips for Fall

With the days becoming chillier, fall is the perfect time to become more energy efficient.  Here are some helpful hints to keep your electricity bills low this season and make sure you don’t break the bank come winter. Change your appliance settings – Raising your refrigerator’s temperature setting from 35 to 38 degrees, and lowering
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3rd Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit

Join USGBC National Capital Region’s Montgomery County Branch and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for a full day of interactive discussions and workshops during the 3rd Annual Energy Summit on April 5th. Topics that will be covered include Montgomery County’s launch of the Commercial PACE Program, the County’s new Green Bank, energy audits, commissioning,

No deposit required: You’re invited to the Green Bank info session

Montgomery County is the first county in the nation to pass legislation to create a Green Bank. Come learn about how this organization will be developed, how it will partner with our community, and increase clean energy in the County!   The Green Bank Information Session Details Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites

Net-zero energy homes: Yesterday’s dream, today’s reality

The terms “energy independence”, “off-the-grid”, and “net-zero energy” tend to summon images of a rural setting where being off-the-grid simply fits the picture of remoteness and self-sufficiency. Today, however, that landscape is changing. Designers, architects, builders, and owners are savvier than ever in finding ways to provide energy services, such as light, thermal comfort, and electric plugs,

Energy savings case study: Hollywood East Cafe

There’s a famous mantra in the real estate world that neatly summarizes, even predicts, the overarching key to success. People looking to increase energy efficiency or use more alternative energy in their home or business may have their own version: Incentives, incentives, incentives.

Everyone wins: Energy savings at Lee Development Group

Landlords and companies that lease space are always concerned with rising utility costs, to which the natural response is to explore opportunities in energy efficiency. Arranging who does what to save energy can get very challenging, if not downright confusing. Lee Development Group provides insight into their successes with tenant engagement and energy efficiency.