About the Challenge The Green Homes Challenge guides, rewards, and recognizes households for saving energy, adopting green lifestyle practices, and using renewable energy. Three corresponding challenges make up the overall Green Homes Challenge:
Be a Power Saver
Be a Green Leader
Be a Renewable Star
Challenge 1: Be a Power Saver! Save Our Energy, Bank Your Money
Engage in the Power Saver Challenge to reduce your household's utility
bills and improve the comfort of your home. Some Power Saver households
are using 40% less energy than they used to, and utility bill savings
can mount up to thousands of dollars over just a few years. Download the
Power Saver Handbook if you prefer using a paper version instead of our interactive FrederickGreenChallenge.org site.
Learn about 2 special initiatives for the Power Saver Challenge: Power Saver Retrofits and the Refrigerator Exchange Program.
Challenge 2: Be a Green Leader! Green Your Lifestyle, Protect Our Resources
Engage in the Green Leader Challenge to conserve valuable resources,
reduce your environmental impact, and create a healthy home. Download
the Green Leader Handbook if you prefer using a paper version instead of our interactive FrederickGreenChallenge.org site.
Challenge 3: Be a Renewable Star! Renew Your Energy, Clear Our Air
The Renewable Star Challenge is all about using clean renewable energy,
such as wind, sunlight, thermal energy stored in the ground, or
sustainable biomass. The Renewable Star Challenge can help any household
use renewable energy for power, heating, cooling, or generating hot
Download the Renewable Star Handbook
and read the chapters covering all the details for procuring solar hot
water systems, solar electric systems, geothermal systems, and wind
Learn about Solarize Frederick County,
a special initiative that increased the number of solar energy systems
in Frederick County through volume purchasing and incentive grants.
Who's Joining the Challenge?
More than 1,000 households across Frederick County have joined the Challenge! Check out our map!
Volunteers Interested in volunteering with the Green Homes Challenge? Visit the Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities webpage.
The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources is targeting the residential sector with programs to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve natural resources. The Green Homes Challenge initiative is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant award and an EPA Climate Showcase Communities grant. Some special initiatives of the Green Homes Challenge are funded through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Be SMART Program.