Expo May Help With High Electric Bills

TIMONIUM, Md. (WJZ) — Pain at the pump may be maxing out right now, but there’s no let up in monthly bills for household energy use.

Alex DeMetrick reports that’s got a lot of us looking for a cheaper way to keep the lights on.

The Solar and Wind Expo at the Timonium State Fairgrounds has the familiar and the not so usual, like a reimagined wind turbine.

“People are used to something bigger.  This is actually something that’s friendly to our neighborhoods.  It’s not real intrusive,” said Mike Taylor.

And blending into the expo seemed like a good idea to Maryland’s major energy players.

“The governor’s doing an energy summit to figure out what are our challenges and how we can accelerate our progress to achieve them,” said Malcolm Woolf, Maryland Energy Administration.

The key goals are to create more renewable energy sources from wind and solar and make the most of the electricity flowing now by using less of it.

“None of us likes paying our utility bills.  The way we can save money is to reduce consumption,” Woolf said.

“The goals, in and of themselves, don’t drive us forward.  It’s the choices we make,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

Currently, large-scale choice is being orchestrated by BGE, which is moving customers to smart meters, which can control energy use during peak periods.

“We did that in our home a couple of years ago and it saved a ton of money,” said Maria Broadbent.  “The first time they actually cycled our air conditioning, we didn’t even notice it.”

Maryland has set a goal where 20 percent of the state’s energy needs will be met by renewable sources—like wind and solar—within 11 years.

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  1. Doug says:

    I’ll start saving energy by unplugging the TV and this computer.
    And probably live and a longer ,healthier and happier life.

  2. JackDaniels says:

    THERE’S A SH-T-LOAD OF COAL IN WEST VIRGINIA AND PENNSYLVANIA WE COULD BURN TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY……………..THERE’S ALSO A TON OF NATURAL GAS THAT CAN BE USED TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY……………..ENOUGH NATURAL GAS AND COAL TIO GENERATE ELECTRICITY FOR THE NEXT 200-300 YEARS…………………LET’S DO IT!!!!!

    1. Robin Linton says:

      wake-up Rumplestitskin, wind and solar is the future. Stop destroying Mother Earth.

  3. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU DO UNLESS YOU START TURNING OFF THE LIGHT. ENERGY COMPANIES ARE IN BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY, YOU KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT AND THEY WON’T TOLERATE ANYONE CONSERVING ENERGY USING LESS ENERGY. LOOK AT YOUR BILL AND SEE HOW MUCH YOU USE AND THEN LOOK AT HOW MUCH IT COSTS TO DELIVER IT TO YOUR “ABODE” AND ALL OTHER THINGS PILED TO BILL. I USED $36 IN NATURAL GAS AND WAS CHARGED $30 TO DELIVER IT. ALMOST 100% PROFIT. SO THE UTILITIES DON’T HAVE TO SELL YOU MORE TO MAKE MORE MONEY, ALL THEY DO IS THINK UP OTHER WAYS TO SHOVE IT TO YOU. I CAN’T REMEMBER (I’M 63) EVER SEEING THE UTILTIES EVER REPLACING A GAS PIPE, HAVE YOU??

    1. sheriff says:

      You’re too old & senile Paul.

      1. Bill Adams says:

        The US gets %40 of its energy on the grid from Coal in the virginias and its not destroying the planet its safe energy and todays coal plants are safer than ever but Obama wants to shut them all down.

  4. sheriff says:

    More freebies for the Coons & illegals

  5. pride franklin says:

    To save money on your electric bill, go to http://www.viridian.com/pridefranklin and click on become a customer. Get the same bill from BGE or Pepco, no commitments…..just a lower rate and 20% of the energy supply is from renewable resources

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