Baltimore Energy Efficiency Programs
Baltimore Energy Initiative
In 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the Baltimore Energy Initiative (BEI). BEI is a three year, $52 million dollar program to assist residents and businesses in lowering their energy bills. The Baltimore Energy Initiative expands and streamlines existing energy conservation programs, education and outreach, residential energy savings equipment installation, and energy and weatherization assistance. Trees will also be planted and cool roofs will be installed in targeted neighborhoods, both of which reduce hot summer temperatures. This program helps preserve homeownership, promote economic development, reduce health costs and provide long-term savings, while supporting a strong and growing future for Baltimore.
Baltimore Energy Challenge
BEC is the City’s energy conservation resource program that teaches residents, businesses, and nonprofits low- to no-cost ways to save energy through grassroots efforts in neighborhoods, businesses and schools. Participants sign a pledge committing to reduce their energy use through changes in behavior. As a thank you, participants receive an energy saving kit including: CFL light bulb, draft stoppers, toilet tank bank, fridge/freezer thermometer, and informational materials. Consistent energy saving behavior, along with these products, has helped communities reduce their energy usage by as much as 13%!
Baltimore Municipal Energy
The Baltimore City Office of Sustainable Energy works to cut energy costs in City-owned buildings and fleet. Since 2005, their team of engineers, accountants and energy experts have been scouring the City for saving opportunities. They work with City agencies, nonprofits, and businesses to displace fossil energy use and cut costs.
For more information on City government energy projects to reduce building and fleet energy usage visit the Office of Sustainable Energy’s website.