Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

Hughesville, Maryland

Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence - Energy Efficiency Program Delivery


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is a customer-owned electricity cooperative. Through community awareness and marketing campaigns, SMECO has promoted ENERGY STAR® across the residential home and consumer products sectors to help customer-members save energy. Key 2021 accomplishments include:

  • Saving more than 51,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity across its ENERGY STAR programs.
  • Providing incentives for more than 600 ENERGY STAR certified homes and nearly 500 ENERGY STAR smart thermostats.
  • Increasing market penetration for ENERGY STAR certified homes to 39% across its service territory and running a digital promotion campaign that resulted in 1.6 million impressions.
  • Onboarding 85% of local distributors to participate in its midstream heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program, while featuring the ENERGY STAR logo prominently in advertisements, program collateral, and its website.
  • Saving customers over 2,500 MWhs through its ENERGY STAR appliance rebate program, which leverages ENERGY STAR resources to promote the programs to customers.
In 2020 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid more than $40 Billion in energy costs

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