Every year for the past six hears, the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources has hosted an event to celebrate the households in Frederick County that are going green, saving energy, and using renewable energy.
This year we recognized more than 2,000 households that have signed up for our Green Homes Challenge, Collectively, these participating homeowners are saving more than $1.2 million dollars per year!
Citizens in Frederick County can join the Green Homes Challenge at https://www.frederickgreenchallenge.org and then certify in any of three challenges: Be a Green Leader, Be a Power Saver, and Be a Renewable Star.
Certifying in a challenge is easy. All you have to do is complete actions! For example for the Power Saver Challenge, you can earn points for getting a home energy audit, using a programmable thermostat, regularly changing your furnace filter, and sealing gaps around your doors and windows, just for example. Every challenge has dozens of actions to choose from. Many of the actions are free!
We also run special initiatives under the challenge.
The grant funds come from the Maryland Energy Administration. We have applied for another grant of $1 Million and are hoping to serve another 100 homes this year with retrofits worth up to $10,000 per household!
To learn more about the program and get on our waiting list, visit https://frederickcountymd.gov/5147/Power-Saver-Retrofits
We also have a popular program called Neighborhood Green that helps you complete actions towards the Green Leader Challenge. With that program, you can get a plan for your landscape to control stormwater coming off of your property, a free soil test, and cost share of up to $800.00 for a $200.00 contribution for features like rain barrels, rain gardens, and conservation landscaping. https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/5092/Expanded-Neighborhood-Green-Program.
Want to learn how to save 20% on your solar photovoltaic installation? Visit https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/7125/Solar-Co-op-2016-17 and join our Solar-Coop!
We also have events that help people to complete actions towards the Challenge. Join the Green Leader Brigade volunteers for two Earth Day projects! Our Ballenger Creek Trail Clean-Up is Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
The neighborhood cleanup site is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 29th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Contact Suzanne Cliber to register at SCliber@FrederickCountyMD.gov or 301-600-7414. On this same day, we also have a Storm Drain Stenciling Project 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon.
Do you want to promote awareness about stormwater issues by stenciling the storm drains in your local community? Contact Bonnie Griesemer to register at BGriesemer@FrederickCountyMD.gov or 301-600-1416.
The Green Homes Challenge is a fun, activity-filled way to help your family make a difference.