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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)

Hughesville, Maryland

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is a customer-owned cooperative which provides electricity to over 152,000 customers, making it one of the ten largest U.S. electric co-ops. SMECO launched its residential energy efficiency programs in 2010 in response to the EmPOWER Maryland initiative. SMECO is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its successful delivery of ENERGY STAR certified homes and ENERGY STAR certified products programs. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Supporting the construction of 430 ENERGY STAR certified homes, a 34-percent increase from 2011, and saving homeowners 980 MWh, for a total of more than 2,400 MWh since 2010.
  • Generating more than 4.6 million impressions through Google AdWords and Facebook campaigns for ENERGY STAR certified homes and over 51 million impressions across broadcast, print, digital, direct, and social media for ENERGY STAR certified products.
  • Sponsoring technical trainings for 75 program partners on the HVAC contractor checklist and ventilation requirements.
  • Promoting a broad array of ENERGY STAR certified lighting technologies, including CFLs, LEDs, and fixtures, and discounting more than 1.1 million light bulbs since the program's inception.
  • Installing more than 700 ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling products, with more than 3,300 units installed to date.