SMECO dis­trib­utes LEDs to help save money, en­ergy

Co-op do­nates more than 30,000 LED light bulbs

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South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) has part­nered with the South­ern Mary­land Food Bank to pro­vide ways for fam­i­lies with lim­ited re­sources to re­duce en­ergy costs, and SMECO en­cour­ages all cus­tomer-mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives to save en­ergy and save money.

As part of the co-op’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in Em­POWER Mary­land, a pro­gram de­signed to re­duce the state’s en­ergy con­sump­tion, SMECO re­cently do­nated 32,688 LEDs to help fam­i­lies who need as­sis­tance save money by re­duc­ing en­ergy use, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. EN­ERGY STAR cer­ti­fied LEDs use 70 to 90 per­cent less en­ergy than tra­di­tional bulbs and last up to 15 times longer. Re­plac­ing an in­can­des­cent bulb with an LED can save up to $55 in elec­tric­ity dur­ing the bulb’s life­time.

“In­stalling en­ergy ef­fi­cient lights is an easy way to help man­age en­ergy costs, but SMECO has mul­ti­ple re­sources avail­able to help res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial cus­tomers save on their monthly bill,” Jen­nifer Ra­ley, an en­ergy and tech­nol­ogy pro­grams man­ager at SMECO, said in the re­lease. “The co-op’s part­ner­ship ini­tia­tives with the com­mu­nity—to both de­liver and par­tic­i­pate in en­ergy sav­ing pro­grams—have had great suc­cess. SMECO has more than 45,000 CoolSen­try par­tic­i­pants who help re­duce peak de­mand on hot sum­mer days. Not only do they help re­duce the cost of en­ergy, they re­ceive up to $75 in elec­tric bill cred­its and they can have a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat in­stalled to help save en­ergy year-round.”

As much as half of the en­ergy used in a home goes to heat­ing and cool­ing, ac­cord­ing to EN­ERGY STAR, and a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat is ideal for peo­ple who are away from home dur­ing set pe­ri­ods of time through­out the week. Through proper use of pre-pro­grammed set­tings, a pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat can save about $180 ever y year in en­ergy costs.

“In or­der to pro­vide our cus­tomer-mem­bers with cost-ef­fec­tive and re­li­able meth­ods of re­duc­ing en­ergy use, SMECO has cre­ated a net­work of part­ner­ships with lo­cal con­trac­tors and re­tail­ers. We work with builders who have ex­pe­ri­ence with con­struct­ing EN­ERGY STAR cer­ti­fied new homes, heat­ing and cool­ing con­trac­tors that in­stall up­graded sys­tems to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and com­fort, and re­tail­ers that sell en­ergy sav­ing prod­ucts,” Ra­ley said.

EN­ERGY STAR cer­ti­fied new homes are de­signed and built to de­liver en­ergy ef­fi­ciency sav­ings of up to 30 per­cent when com­pared to typ­i­cal new homes.

“SMECO has thou­sands of cus­tomer-mem­bers who par­tic­i­pate in the co-op’s Em­POWER Mary­land pro­grams. Those pro­grams in­clude ap­pli­ance re­cy­cling, re­bates for high ef­fi­ciency ap­pli­ances and more,” Ra­ley said in the re­lease. “We want cus­tomers to learn more about sav­ing en­ergy be­cause that’s an ex­pense they need to man­age. And when ev­ery dol­lar counts, they can put those sav­ings to good use for other nec­es­sary ex­penses.”

Cus­tomers can find ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion and up­dates about SMECO’s en­ergy ef­fi­ciency pro­grams at www.smeco.coop/save or by call­ing 1-888-440-3311.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

SMECO em­ploy­ees, from left, Jen­nifer Ra­ley, Stacey Hill, and Natasha Law help South­ern Mary­land Food Bank em­ploy­ees Ge­orge Mat­tingly and Brenda DiCarlo load boxes of LED light bulbs for distri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity as­sis­tance net­work of lo­cal food pantries.

SMECO em­ploy­ees, from left, Court­ney Barry, Natasha Law, Jen­nifer Ra­ley and Stacey Hill as­sist with distri­bu­tion of LED light bulbs to com­mu­nity as­sis­tance agen­cies.

SMECO em­ploy­ees Stacey Hill, Court­ney Barry and Natasha Law as­sist with load­ing boxes of LED light bulbs into the End Hunger Calvert County van for distri­bu­tion through the com­mu­nity as­sis­tance net­work.

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