BGE Reminds Customers to Shop Maryland’s Upcoming Tax-Free Weekend, Shop Maryland Energy, to Save on New ENERGY STAR® Certified Products


— BALTIMORE (Feb. 11, 2015) — Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) encourages customers who are in the market for new, energy-efficient appliances and lighting products to take advantage of Shop Maryland Energy weekend this weekend, Feb. 14 – 16, 2015, to avoid paying the state’s 6 percent sales tax on select energy-efficient models. Shoppers can maximize their savings by combining the rebates regularly offered through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program with discounts offered by retailers and manufacturers as part of the annual sales specials during Presidents’ Day Weekend.

During Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the following ENERGY STAR products are tax-free and also rebated by the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program:

· Room air conditioning units

· Electric clothes dryers

· Clothes washers

· Standard size refrigerators

· Light-emitting diode light bulbs (LEDs)

· Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

“The Shop Maryland Energy tax-free weekend, combined with rebates from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program and Presidents’ Day sale pricing that may be available at various retailers, provides BGE customers with a tremendous opportunity to save money and increase energy efficiency in their homes,” said Christopher Walls, BGE’s manager of residential energy efficiency programs. “For those who are unable to make use of the tax-free Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program rebates are available throughout the year to help customers make smart choices by purchasing energy-efficient appliances and other energy-saving products.”

Through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program customers can receive the following rebates and discounts:

· $500 rebate on an ENERGY STAR certified hybrid water heaters

· $100 & $150 rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators

· $75 & $100 rebates on select ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers

· $50 rebate on select ENERGY STAR certified electric clothes dryers

· $30 rebate on select ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioning units

· Up to $2.25 off select ENERGY STAR certified CFLs and up to $7 off LEDs

· $200 to $1,250 in rebates on ENERGY STAR certified heating and cooling equipment and services

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to better manage 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, nonprofit organizations and institutional customers. More information is available at These programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.