Use this page to find actions that your household has completed or plans to complete. Browse the categories on the left to find actions for the Power Saver, Green Leader, or Renewable Star Challenge.

Once you have signed in, you can click Add to My Challenge to add an action to your To Do List, Already Completed to mark an action as complete, or Not Applicable if the action does not apply to you.

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The highest rated action appear under the Most Popular Actions category.

ACTIONS

  • 1
    Green leaves denote the number of Green Points earned by completing the action and its relative environmental benefit.
    Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action.
    Dollar signs denote the relative cost of implementing the action.
    Free < $100
    $100-$500 $501-$2000
    > $2000
    A key denotes a renter-friendly action.
    Refer 5 Frederick County households to the Green Homes Challenge
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    Add to my challenge Already completed Not applicable

    Help spread the word by referring 5 of your friends, family members, co-workers, or neighbors to the Green Homes Challenge.

    Click here to invite them to sign up for the Green Homes Challenge.

    Apr 11 Vicki Yontz

    Presented Frederick Green Challenge to members of the Jefferson Homemakers Club (10)

    Dec 04 Linda and Julie Norris-Waldt

    Am posting about Green Homes Challenge on GreenFrederick.org

    Jun 08 Nicole Aliev

    Am posting on my Real Estate Website.

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  • 20
    Green leaves denote the number of Green Points earned by completing the action and its relative environmental benefit.
    Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action.
    Dollar signs denote the relative cost of implementing the action.
    Free < $100
    $100-$500 $501-$2000
    > $2000
    A key denotes a renter-friendly action.
    Purchase clean renewable energy through your utility.
    a. Purchase 100% of your home's electricity from renewable energy sources
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    Add to my challenge Already completed Not applicable

    Potomac Edison is the utility that provides electric service and billing to most Frederick County homes*; however, customers can choose to receive their actual electricity from either Potomac Edison or a different energy supplier. In 2011, only 3.44% of Potomac Edison’s electricity came from clean renewable sources, such as hydroelectric plants and wind farms. You can choose an alternate supplier; some offer plans with 50% or 100% of electricity generated from wind farms. Electric Choice Maryland  posts current retail electricity suppliers and rates. Suppliers may allow you to lock in your electricity rate for one or two years. Rates vary slightly depending on your preferences and are comparable to Potomac Edison’s.

    No matter which company you choose for your electricity supplier, Potomac Edison will still provide your bill which will include the normal charges for electric service/delivery provided by Potomac Edison. It will also include the charges for electricity usage provided by your alternate supplier. The same electric wires will bring power to your home and you will still contact Potomac Edison if the power goes out or have other service problems.

    Depending on the provider, as of spring 2013, powering your home with wind-generated electricity may add as little as $0.006 per kilowatt hour (kWh) if you opt for 50% wind power; 100% wind-generated power may add approximately $0.01 per kWh. That’s only between $3 and $12 per month for an average home to help clear our air and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.Electricity is electricity regardless of its source. For example, once electricity generated from a wind farm enters the grid, it is indistinguishable from electricity generated from a coal plant. So how can an electricity supplier claim to be selling wind-generated power? For an explanation, check out the Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates Action.

    * The Town of Thurmont has its own electric utility.

    Take Action:

    1. View current electricity suppliers and rates from Electric Choice Maryland (scroll down for the Potomac Edison Service Area)
    2. Investigate options with current clean energy suppliers. (If you want to sign up online, you will need your Potomac Edison account number).
    3. Sign up with a provider for either 100% or 50% wind-generated electricity.

    Links to more information:

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  • 10
    Green leaves denote the number of Green Points earned by completing the action and its relative environmental benefit.
    Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action.
    Dollar signs denote the relative cost of implementing the action.
    Free < $100
    $100-$500 $501-$2000
    > $2000
    A key denotes a renter-friendly action.
    Purchase clean renewable energy through your utility.
    b. Purchase 50% of your home's electricity from renewable energy sources
    You need to be signed in to add and complete actions.
    Add to my challenge Already completed Not applicable

    Potomac Edison is the utility that provides electric service and billing to most Frederick County homes*; however, customers can choose to receive their actual electricity from either Potomac Edison or a different energy supplier. In 2011, only 3.44% of Potomac Edison’s electricity came from clean renewable sources, such as hydroelectric plants and wind farms. You can choose an alternate supplier; some offer plans with 50% or 100% of electricity generated from wind farms. Electric Choice Maryland posts current retail electricity suppliers and rates. Suppliers may allow you to lock in your electricity rate for one or two years. Rates vary slightly depending on your preferences and are comparable to Potomac Edison’s.

    No matter which company you choose for your electricity supplier, Potomac Edison will still provide your bill which will include the normal charges for electric service/delivery provided by Potomac Edison. It will also include the charges for electricity usage provided by your alternate supplier. The same electric wires will bring power to your home and you will still contact Potomac Edison if the power goes out or have other service problems.

    Depending on the provider, as of spring 2013, powering your home with wind-generated electricity may add as little as $0.006 per kilowatt hour (kWh) if you opt for 50% wind power; 100% wind-generated power may add approximately $0.01 per kWh. That’s only between $3 and $12 per month for an average home to help clear our air and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.Electricity is electricity regardless of its source. For example, once electricity generated from a wind farm enters the grid, it is indistinguishable from electricity generated from a coal plant. So how can an electricity supplier claim to be selling wind-generated power? For an explanation, check out the Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates Action.

    * The Town of Thurmont has its own electric utility.

    Take Action:

    1. View current electricity suppliers and rates from Electric Choice Maryland (scroll down for the Potomac Edison Service Area)
    2. Investigate options with current clean energy suppliers. (If you want to sign up online, you will need your Potomac Edison account number).
    3. Sign up with a provider for either 100% or 50% wind-generated electricity.

    Links to more information:

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  • 2
    Green leaves denote the number of Green Points earned by completing the action and its relative environmental benefit.
    Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action.
    Dollar signs denote the relative cost of implementing the action.
    Free < $100
    $100-$500 $501-$2000
    > $2000
    Try the EnergySage Solar Calculator and Marketplace
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    Add to my challenge Already completed Not applicable

    EnergySage allows you to view the average solar panel pricing in the Frederick County area, calculate the solar potential of your property, or request multiple solar quotes from installers in the area. You might think of Energy Sage as an unbiased solar matchmaker, connecting homeowners with its network of more than 300 pre-screened solar installers. The EnergySage platform aggregates multiple solar quotes for you, calculates the finacial merits of each offer, and then presents them back to you in an easy-to-understand format. According to EnergySage, people who use EnergySage may save $5,000 to $10,000 as compared to those who only work with a single installer.

     

     

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  • 20
    Green leaves denote the number of Green Points earned by completing the action and its relative environmental benefit.
    Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action. Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action. Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action. Hammers denote the relative amount of effort needed to implement the action.
    Dollar signs denote the relative cost of implementing the action.
    Free < $100
    $100-$500 $501-$2000
    > $2000
    Install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels by purchasing, leasing, or entering into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a system on your home or property
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    Add to my challenge Already completed Not applicable

    Solar photovoltaic systems consist of solar modules or panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity.  Modules are connected to an inverter which converts the direct current produced by the modules into the alternating current that is identical to the power we receive from the grid. To be effective, rooftop or ground-mounted systems should face south or southwest with little or no shading.

    Because sunlight is intermittent, most systems are grid-connected, net-metered systems. When the sun is shining and system is producing more energy than the building and its occupants are using, the excess energy flows back onto the electric grid and the meter “runs backward” providing a net credit to the homeowner.  When the system is not generating enough electricity to meet the needs of the building, the homeowner can utilize regular grid-supplied power as needed. 

    Solar PV systems are expensive, but incentive grants, tax credits, and the sale of solar Renewable Energy Certificates can offset the cost of purchased systems. Alternatively, options to lease or enter into a PPA with a solar provider can reduce or even eliminate upfront costs. Installers typically offer a free site assessment and estimate, handle local permits and inspections, and assist you with applying for grants and tax credits.

    If your home’s roof is not well oriented for a roof-mounted system, you may want to consider a ground-mount system or a solar shed.

    Take Action:

    1. Request a home assessment from a solar PV installer. Read Contractor Selection Tips and Resources.
    2. Install a solar PV system.
    3. Apply for the Maryland Residential Clean Energy Grant and the Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit; arrange for the sale of SRECs.

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