Earth Day

In a great bit of timing, the Maryland Energy Administration launched its Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program today. Maryland residents can apply for rebates for select models of the following three appliances:  Energy Star clothes washers ($100), Energy Star refrigerators ($50), and Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters ($300). Visit the rebate program Web site for more details. Marylanders must apply for the rebates through their electric utility company, and those companies will process all rebates. In addition, some utilities are offering their own rebates for these appliances. The website contains charts showing all possible rebates.

Happy Earth Day!

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p.s. — We have a few energy efficiency resources at Bethesda Green, including our energy efficiency program team, a list of Top 10 Easy Steps to Energy Efficiency, and a list of energy-related tax credits.

Earth Day

Apollo 17 photo of Earth

Our theme for April is “Celebrating the Earth,” because Earth Day is April 22–and this year it’s the 40th anniversary of the national environmental event.

Bethesda Green’s Ann Dorough has written an excellent article about how taking any action helps–be it personal, such as installing a rain barrel or helping with a stream clean-up, or political, such as lobbying your congressperson. Environmentally-minded home improvements, service projects and political advocacy are all important. At Bethesda Green, we provide information and education to point you toward opportunities to be “green” and environmentally friendly. (Case in point: Here’s a list of Earth Day events in Montgomery County.)

Of course there’s a full range of opinions about Earth Day and a broad spectrum of activities taking place around the world. We want to know what you think: Are personal actions and political advocacy equally important? What will you do during Earth Month to help the planet? Post your comments here!