RESOURCES

Frederick County RESOURCES

Contractor Selection Tips and Resources

Check out our suggestions for choosing a contractor for your energy efficiency, renewable energy, or other projects.

Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER)

This office advances practical solutions for protecting the environment, conserving energy, and living sustainably in Frederick County, Maryland. Visit the site to learn more about the office, its initiatives, and upcoming events.

Frederick County Neighborhood Green Program

This program provides resources to landowners interested in creating more sustainable landscapes to improve water quality and native species habitat. Visit the site to learn more about the program, express interest, and register for workshops.

Green Homes Challenge Participant Profiles

Read about a Power Saver Household, Green Leader Household, and Renewable Star Household and what actions they took to certify.

Green Homes Challenge Pre-Survey

Take the brief online Pre-Survey to help us assess the effectiveness of the Green Homes Challenge program in helping households to save energy, adopt environmentally-friendly practices, and use renewable energy.

How Green Are Biomass Stoves and Furnaces?

Read about the pros and cons of biomass stoves and furnaces.

Learn More Recycle Better in Frederick County

Learn more about the County’s recycling program, upgrade your recycling cart size, sign up for the e-newsletter, and check the recycling collection schedule.

Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance

The Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance is a non-advocacy watershed group coordinated by OSER that utilizes partnerships to work on water quality and habitat issues. Visit the site to learn more about the alliance, become an alliance partner, check the calendar for upcoming events, and read the latest newsletter.

Renewable Energy Topics

Learn the ins and outs, costs, benefits, and how-to for Clean Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Certificates, Solar Hot Water Systems, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems, and Small Wind Turbines.

Tips for Green Leaders in Frederick County

Check out these fact sheets on the following topics: Composting, Lawn Maintenance, Native Plants, Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Natural Household Cleaners, Neighborhood Green Program.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Commuter Choice Maryland

Commuter Choice Maryland is an incentive program that encourages Maryland employees to choose transit or vanpools instead of driving to work.

Department of Energy’s Energy Saver Website

Learn more about improving your home’s energy efficiency with information about weatherization, lighting, appliances, water heating, purchasing clean energy, renewable energy systems, and more.

Department of Energy's FuelEconomy.gov

Find information on fuel efficient vehicles, tax incentives for alternative fuel vehicles, ways to save fuel, calculating your miles-per-gallon, and more.

DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency)

Search by state for current tax incentives, rebates, and loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

ENERGY STAR®

Find information on ENERGY STAR® products, weatherization, efficient home building, and tax credits for energy efficiency.

Environmental Protection Agency

Find information on environmental topics such as water conservation, composting, indoor air quality, recycling, and water quality.

Leafkey.com

Search for local energy and eco-professionals that have had their credentials verified. Listed contractors include energy auditors, green builders, weatherization installers, renewable energy installers, architects, landscape designers, native plant suppliers, consultants, and more.

Maryland Department of the Environment

Find information on Maryland programs for air quality, water quality, land use, and public health.

Maryland DHCD's Be SMART Home Program

The Be SMART Home Program offers rebates and loans to improve home energy efficiency through appliance, heating, and cooling upgrades and whole house envelope improvements. Frederick County residents with homes outside of the Potomac Edison service area and residents that use non-electric heat and do not have central AC are eligible for the reduced cost energy audits and 50% energy efficiency rebates.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Find information on Maryland parks, waterways, fishing, boating, wildlife, and forestry.

Maryland Energy Administration

Learn about Maryland rebates, loans, and tax incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Maryland Office of People’s Counsel

The Office of People’s Counsel represents the interests of residential consumers of electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, and private water services in Maryland. Find electric rates for Maryland utilities and access consumer assistance information.

Potomac Edison Energy Efficiency Program

Potomac Edison’s Energy Efficiency Program offers rebates to improve home energy efficiency through appliance, heating, and cooling upgrades and whole house envelope improvements. Potomac Edison customers with electric heat and/or central air conditioning are eligible for a 50% rebate for weatherization work.

SaveOn Energy.com                                                                                                                                  Ever wonder whether an energy saving tip you've heard actually works? Have questions about how to increase your energy savings? Looking for a quick laugh? The SaveOnEnergy.com video team is here for you! With several online series aimed at entertaining, engaging and informing our viewers on the world of energy, there's plenty to explore!

University of Maryland Extension

Find information about lawn and garden care, natural resources, water quality, the Master Gardeners program, and more.

WattzOn, Green Homes Challenge Group

WattzOn is an online tool for tracking your utility data and calculating savings from one year to the next. Join our WattzOn Group which aggregates savings for all Green Homes Challenge group members; this helps us evaluate the effectiveness of the Power Saver Challenge. We encourage you to try it!