SMECO honors En­ergy Star home part­ners

Pro­gram has re­sulted in 3,000 high ef­fi­ciency So. Md. homes

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South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive rec­og­nized the achieve­ments of builders and in­di­vid­u­als who par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gram to in­crease the num­ber of En­ergy Star-cer­ti­fied homes in South­ern Mary­land last year.

Qual­ity Built Homes was rec­og­nized as the New Homes Pro­gram Part­ner of the Year. The home­builder started con­struc­tion on more than 200 high ef­fi­ciency homes last year and has con­structed 1,000 since the pro­gram be­gan, ac­cord­ing to Fred Sack­ett, SMECO’s en­ergy and tech­ni­cal pro­grams man­ager, in a press re­lease.

Mid-Atlantic Builders re­ceived the Most En­ergy Ef­fi­cient Home in 2015 award. The home, which was built in Brandy­wine, will save 7.4 me­gawatt-hours per year com­pared to a home built to stan­dard con­struc­tion build­ing codes, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Those en­ergy sav­ings trans­late to about $1,000 in an­nual cost sav­ings.

The New Homes En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Cham­pion was Michael Sumpter, who rates home en­ergy sys­tems for the co­op­er­a­tive. He has been ac­tive in SMECO en­ergy ef­fi­ciency pro­grams since 2011.

“A new home is a sig­nif­i­cant long-term in­vest­ment, and our cus­tomer-mem­bers want com­fort and value that last,” Sack­ett said in the re­lease. “In today’s econ­omy, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency is im­por­tant to home­buy­ers. Us­ing less en­ergy means sav­ing money ev­ery month.”

En­ergy Star-cer­ti­fied homes are high-per­for­mance homes that are at least 15 per­cent more en­ergy ef­fi­cient than those built only to Mary­land code.

In 2015, the SMECO New Homes Pro­gram gen­er­ated 649 projects, saved 1,424 MWh in elec­tric­ity and pro­vided more than $900,000 in in­cen­tives to par­tic­i­pat­ing builders. As of April 2016, the pro­gram had re­sulted in more than 3,000 high ef­fi­ciency homes built in the co­op­er­a­tive’s ser­vice area.

SMECO it­self re­cently re­ceived both the En­ergy Star Mar­ket Lead­er­ship award and the Part­ner of the Year award from the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

SMECO rec­og­nized lo­cal builders who went above and be­yond in 2015 in bring­ing En­ergy Star cer­ti­fied homes to the area. From left are Mary Hare of Qual­ity Built Homes (New Homes Pro­gram Part­ner of the Year), Stacey Hill, SMECO en­ergy an­a­lyst, and Michael Sumpter, (New Homes En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Cham­pion). Mid-Atlantic Builders (not pic­tured) re­ceived an award for Most En­ergy Ef­fi­cient Home.

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