July 18, 2023
By Drew Schiavone

The University of Maryland Extension is hosting free Home Energy Workshops across the state! Register for a workshop near you to discover practical, cost-effective, and innovative strategies to improve your home energy performance or design a solar power system that will meet your needs. Extension specialists and industry representatives will provide valuable information to help you improve your home’s energy-efficiency and determine if solar will work for you.

Are you thinking about a home improvement project to reduce your energy bills? Have you thought about going solar, but don’t know if it will pay off? Have you heard about heat pumps, EVs, electrification and battery storage, but want to know more? Register and attend a workshop near you to get answers to all these questions and more!

With electricity prices rising 2 percent annually, and 18 percent of Maryland households facing a high energy burden, many residents are choosing to reduce or offset their home energy use. If you’re wondering how much energy your home uses, or if you’re dreading your next utility bill, then now is the time to explore energy saving opportunities for your home. Explore various financial resources, including up-and-coming incentives through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Each workshop will provide practical tips, steps, and tools to improve your energy efficiency, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on your next utility bill. Workshops are appropriate for current and prospective homeowners, as well as renters. Participants will receive copies of Extension fact sheets and other informational resources. These in-person workshops will be offered at various locations across the state, including:

August 7, 2023 (Monday)
5:30-7:30 pm
Talbot County Community Center
10028 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601

September 7, 2023 (Thursday)
5:30-7:30 pm
C. Burr Artz Public Library
110 E Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701

October 4, 2023 (Wednesday)
5:30-7:30 pm
Ruth Enlow Library (Oakland Branch)
6 North 2nd Street
Oakland, MD 21550

November 8, 2023 (Wednesday)
5:30-7:30 pm
Main Hagerstown Library (Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher Branch)
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

December 5, 2023 (Tuesday)
5:30-7:30 pm
LaVale Library
815 National Highway
LaVale, MD 21502

Each workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. More information and registration details can be found online through the University of Maryland Extension at go.umd.edu/HomeEnergy. For additional information, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Drew Schiavone (dschiavo@umd.edu, 301-432-2767).