SMECO honors Energy Star home partners
Program has resulted in 3,000 high efficiency So. Md. homes
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.
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.