During Maryland’s Tax Free Weekend, February 16-18, residential customers in Maryland have a unique opportunity to save energy and money by purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances.
This weekend, customers will not have to pay Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax when they purchase select ENERGY STAR certified products such as standard size refrigerators, clothes washers, room air conditioners, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. To save even more, we encourage Maryland residential customers to combine these tax savings with Presidents Day sales and Pepco rebates on select energy efficient appliances.
Participating in Pepco’s Appliance Rebate Program is easy: simply purchase ENERGY STAR appliances at any retailer, and then print and submit one of the relevant rebate applications below for each qualified appliance.
The Appliance Rebate Program is part of Pepco’s portfolio of energy efficiency programs that are designed to support Governor Martin O’Malley’s EmPOWER Maryland initiative to reduce energy consumption in the state by 15 percent by the year 2015.
While October is better known for hayrides and Halloween, it is also National Energy Awareness Month. However, Halloween and Energy Awareness Month do have something spooky in common: Vampires. You may not know it, but there are probably a number of vampires lurking in your home: electronic devices that appear to be switched off, but in reality are sucking energy with little benefit to you.
Whether your cellphone charger is frequently left plugged into the wall or your computer or video game consoles are kept in standby mode, many of your devices may draw energy when they are not in use. While one individual electronic device may only draw a little power when it’s in standby mode, the total number of devices drawing energy when they are not in use can account for almost 10% of your household energy use.
You can save money and energy by unplugging electronics when they are not in use or by using a power strip to multiple devices on and (completely) off. When purchasing new electronics, you can also look for low-standy Energy Star products. This season, a careful look around your home might reveal some significant energy savings, and rid your home of energy vampires.