BGE, in support of EmPOWER Maryland, is providing 500,000 ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs to the Maryland Food Bank in 2018 for distribution to food pantry customers. This initiative is part of a three-year plan to donate 1.5 million LEDs to income-eligible customers across the BGE service area. Food pantry clients will receive the energy efficient bulbs throughout the year to help reduce their energy usage and costs – freeing up resources for life’s other necessities.
“BGE’s partnership with the Maryland Food Bank will give customers access to valuable resources, including information about energy saving programs BGE offers through EmPOWER Maryland,” said Alexander Núñez, senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “The LEDs donated this year will save BGE customers more than $1.8 million in energy costs annually and more than $26 million over the lifetime of the LEDs.”
“Every month, too many Maryland families and individuals are forced to make tough choices between paying their bills and putting food on the table,” said Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Carmen Del Guercio. “We’re honored to have partners like BGE that find innovative ways to support our mission, because even small actions––providing access to more efficient lighting–can help a family that is struggling to make ends meet.”
The donation supports EmPOWER Maryland and is part of BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program which, in addition to many other offerings, provides discounts on LEDs through participating retailers to help customers reduce energy usage, save money, and protect the environment. Since 2009, BGE has helped customers save more than 3.3 million megawatt-hours of electricity and provided $505 million in rebates to BGE customers.
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills from where they otherwise would be. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability. The programs also help to reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants. BGE offers energy-saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers. EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. Go to BGESmartEnergy.com to learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate.