The Green Homes Challenge makes it fun and easy to save energy, adopt environmentally-friendly practices and use renewable energy!
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The Green Homes Challenge guides, rewards, and recognizes households for saving energy, adopting environmentally-friendly lifestyle practices, and using renewable energy. Over 2,100 Frederick County households are engaged in the Challenge! Sign in at FrederickGreenChallenge.org to get started! You can track your actions and certification progress online, and also see estimates of the impact of your actions.
About the Challenge
Three corresponding challenges make up the overall Green Homes Challenge:
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.
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, solar, geothermal, or sustainable biomass. The Renewable Star Challenge can help any household use renewable energy for power, heating, cooling, or generating hot water.
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 turbines.
Frederick County Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Application
If you are a Frederick County property owner (and do not live within a municipality like the City of Frederick), you can apply for a 30% or 60% reduction on your stormwater fee by taking actions within the Green Homes Challenge. The reduction is based on your total points. Actions include installing a rain barrel, planting a tree, having your septic system pumped out and more! Clickhereto find out more details and to apply.
Interested in volunteering with the Green Homes Challenge? Visit our Register page and subscribe to our "OSER Upcoming Events Alert" to find out about our volunteer opportunities.
The Green Homes Challenge initiative was 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. Several special initiatives of the Green Homes Challenge have been or continue to be funded through the Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Be SMART Program.