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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection


What’s the Connection between Brews and Bulbs Anyway?

RESIDENTIAL: A lot of people have asked us why we do events at breweries and there are a bunch of reasons! There is still time in FeBREWary to visit us at one of the breweries to find out more and to receive your COLLECTIBLE KOOZIE or you could read more about the connection on our blog post.  Either way, it is a fun time to visit a local brewery and recycle your old incandescent and CFL light bulbs!

Tips to Lower Your Water & Electricity Bills


RESIDENTIAL: Recently, a guest blogger from Water Replacement Mason shared with us some tips to help residents lower their water and electricity bills and keep money in their  pocket. There may be some tips you know, or you may learn something new. Take a look at their recommendations here.

Attention Washington Gas Customers


RESIDENTIAL: Washington Gas customers are encouraged to find out how much money they could be saving on their utility bills by having a customized Home Energy Profile assessment. The survey takes five minutes to complete and offers an energy ranking, potential energy savings and recommendations. One of the recommendations that the Home Energy Profile survey profile provides is a free Energy Conservation Kit. Find out more here.

Calling EV Drivers in Potomac Edision Area


RESIDENTIAL:  EV Driven by Potomac Edison is making electric vehicle (EV) adoption more accessible, convenient and affordable in Maryland through an enhanced public charging network and incentives for residential and multifamily customers. Through the EV Driven rebate program, you can get a $300 rebate for the purchase and installation of a qualified Level 2 smart charger for your EV and earn additional rewards for charging your EV during off-peak hours. 

Announcing Clean Energy Advantage

Green Bank

RESIDENTIAL: Montgomery County Green Bank is thrilled to announce their new Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) Residential Financing Program. The lenders in the CEA Program agreed to offer homeowners a preferred interest rate on their loans; a rate that is not generally offered for the financing of clean energy home improvements. And, the lenders in the CEA Program can provide loans to cover more comprehensive and deeper energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy improvements, like solar PV - up to $35,000 for up to 12-years depending on the project! Find out more here.

Register for the 7th Annual Energy Summit

summit 2020

The seventh annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, which focuses on promoting energy efficiency and the use of clean energy in the County and the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, will be held on Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Day 2 is focused on Residential and Multi-family, if you are interested. Registration for the 2020 Energy Summit is now open. 

My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board

My Green Montgomery

The My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board will help you find green jobs in our region.  We post jobs for free, if they:

  • are green jobs (focused on energy, sustainability, water, trees, community greening, environmental ed, etc.)
  • based in the DC or Baltimore regions. Jobs in Montgomery County or easy for our residents to commute to work!

We pre-approve each job before posting, but we do not guarantee the length of time jobs will be posted. To look for new job opportunities, click here.

Energy News Roundup


The Montgomery County Energy Team receives tons of newsletters and articles every day, and these are a few articles that we wanted to share this month. These articles range from county, state, national and international stories, we hope you find them as interesting as we did.

4th County Solar Co-op: Get ready Montgomery County, we are in the process of putting together our next Solar Co-op for the County! In the meantime, if you want to receive information before we break it to the public, sign up now:

Carbon Emissions: Energy producer BP wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050, an ambitious target born out of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money,

Clean Energy: These four clean energy trends in U.S. cities are on the road to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to help tackle the climate crisis,

Electric Cars: General Motors announced that it plans to open its first assembly plant dedicated entirely to electric vehicles – and that it's doing so in the United States,

Knitting: Several knitters, cross-stitchers, and quilters have created projects that are called temperature scarves or blankets. The idea is to track the changes in temperature over time and as it turns out, is at least a half a decade old, and a whole lot of people are trying to chart the “new normal” in yarn,

Microsoft: Microsoft plans to remove all of the carbon dioxide it has ever released into the atmosphere by 2050.The company committed to becoming carbon negative by 2030, meaning that it plans to draw down more planet-heating carbon dioxide than it emits,

Residential Energy: Not every green source of energy will suit your property, but you have several options. Here are three to get your brainstorming started,

Solar: Solar Renewable Energy Credits (also known as SREC’s), hit a new high in Maryland to start off 2020. For a home or business that has a $200 monthly SMECO electric bill, that will typically translate into cash incentives that are typically $1,200 to $1,400 per year,

Events: February & March 2020

brews and bulbs

FEATURED EVENT: FeBREWary: Brews and Bulbs We still have four more opportunities for you to visit a local brewery and swap out your bulbs, don’t miss this chance! Find out where we are next and visit our table. 

These events are either sponsored by DEP Energy Program or one of our partners, we encourage you attend one or all of them and please share with your networks as well.

February 20 | Silver Spring
High Performance Hospitality on the Beltway: Tour Home2Suites Silver Spring

February 27 | Chevy Chase
2020 Taking Nature Black Conference

February 27 | Washington DC
Green Tie Affair

February 27 | Silver Spring
Climate Action Plan Town Hall & Open House 

February 27 | Wheaton
OMG Green Drinks

February 28 | College Park
6th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza

March 3 | Olney
Make Energy Cents + Pay Your Energy Bill Online

March 11 | Potomac
Smart Thermostat Workshop

March 11 | White Oak
Thermal Camera Workshop

March 25 | Silver Spring
Smart Thermostat Workshop

March 25-26 | Washington DC
American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2020)

April 1-2 | Silver Spring 
Montgomery County Energy Summit