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Potomac Edison offers Watt Watchers rebate program

Maryland business owners and contractors can earn money for installing energy-efficient lighting and HVAC equipment

November 17, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Todd A. Kirkpatrick, program manager of energy efficiency for FirstEnergy, the parent company of Potomac Edison talks about various Watt Watchers rebate programs Thursday morning at a meeting at Homewood Suites near Hagerstown.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Maryland business owners and contractors can apply to receive up to $250,000 in rebates through an energy-efficiency program offered by Potomac Edison.

Todd A. Kirkpatrick, program manager of energy efficiency for FirstEnergy, the parent company of Potomac Edison, talked about various Watt Watchers rebate programs Thursday morning at a meeting at Homewood Suites near Hagerstown.

About 20 people attended the event.

Kirkpatrick said the program offers up to $250,000 in rebates if business owners and contractors install qualifying energy-saving measures, such as lighting and HVAC equipment.

"Where you really win is your energy savings on a monthly basis," Kirkpatrick said. "We're trying to make folks more energy-efficient."

Energy officials urged those who attended the event to get preapproval before they make changes to their energy systems.

Kirkpatrick said the current program ends Dec. 31, but people can apply for projects that date back to February.

The next application cycle will run from 2012 to 2014.

He said the money that is used to pay for the rebates comes from a surcharge on residential and commercial utility bills.

"That money is your money," he said. "Take advantage of it."

Quoc Nguyen, a staff accountant at AC&T, said his company intends to do just that.

He said he attended Thursday's meeting to learn how AC&T could save money by installing LED lighting, a light source that lasts longer and uses less energy than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.

"We're trying to save some money with our lighting ... We're seeing what kinds of rebates we can get," Nguyen said.

Bob Hoopengardner, a member of the Energy Conservation Task Force at Hagerstown Regional Airport, said he was sent to Potomac Edison's presentation to determine whether the airport could save money.

"Right now, we're replacing the exit signs in all the airport buildings we own," Hoopengardner said.

He said airport officials also want to replace lighting in the parking lot and on the portion of U.S. 11 that runs beneath the runway.

"I'm hoping to save thousands of dollars," he said.

Hoopengardner said airport officials probably would apply to participate in the program next year.

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For more information

To learn more about the Watt Watchers rebate programs, go to www.alleghenypower.com/EngConserv/MDBus/BusEECMd.asp.

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