Potomac Edison residential customers in Maryland have until next week to ask for energy conservation kits that include energy-saving light bulbs, surge protectors and other items.
Todd Meyers, a Potomac Edison spokesman, said Tuesday that the utility company has sent out about 120,000 of the kits since the Potomac Edison Energy Conservation Kit Program started in 2011. The final day to claim one of the kits is Dec. 18.
“These things can save hundreds of dollars,” he said.
Each Potomac Edison customer pays a surcharge that averages $1.67 a month to help fund the cost of the kits and other energy-saving programs, Meyers said.
Potomac Edison and other utility companies are required to collect the surcharge as part of the EmPOWER Maryland Act of 2008, which was passed by the Maryland General Assembly, in part, to make power companies find ways to reduce energy consumption 15 percent by 2015.
Meyers said Potomac Edison received permission from the Maryland Public Service Commission to distribute the kits.
Residential customers can get one of the kits by calling Potomac Edison, filling out a form on the Internet or being solicited by a telemarketer.
“This is an opt-in program,” Meyers said. “We don’t send things unsolicited.”
Kits for customers who have electric water heaters contain six energy-efficient light bulbs, a 2,100 joule surge protector, a low-flow shower head and four low flow water aerators for bathroom and kitchen sinks.
Meyers said the low flow aerators and shower heads cut down on the use of electricity by reducing the amount of water that needs to be heated.
Potomac Edison has about 220,000 residential customers in Maryland, Meyers said. The utility company spent $6.6 million to distribute 66,000 of the kits to customers in 2011, and 54,000 more in 2012, he said.
By paying the state-mandated surcharge, Meyers said, Potomac Edison customers in Maryland are being charged for the cost of the kits whether they want one or not.
“It probably makes sense to take advantage of the program,” Meyers said.
For more information
More information about the Potomac Edison Energy Conservation Kit Program can be obtained by calling 888-287-7304, or at www.myconservationkit.com.