The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering information and services to its customers to increase energy efficiency. SMECO’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.
SMECO, which has promoted ENERGY STAR programs for more than 12 years, was honored for its work to increase market share of energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified products, services, and homes through comprehensive outreach, education, and marketing programs.
Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.
“SMECO works in partnership with ENERGY STAR to help our customers become more energy efficient,” said Jeff Shaw, SMECO’s environmental programs and energy conservation manager. “By using ENERGY STAR certified appliances and compact fluorescent lights, or by purchasing a new ENERGY STAR home, our customers can save energy and save money while helping to preserve the environment.”
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery are given to a variety of organizations in recognition of their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.