Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition

Help Takoma Park Win $5 MILLION!

Takoma Park is among an elite group of 50 communities competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, and the only Maryland community competing!

The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a national competition for communities leading the way in energy efficiency and conservation. The five million dollar prize will be awarded to the community that has the largest reductions in municipal and residential energy use, using the most innovative and replicable methods.


How YOU Can Help us Win the Energy Prize

3 Easy Ways to Save Energy & Help Us Win $5 Million

  1. Install a programmable thermostat (and program it!) You can get one installed  for FREE! Pepco’s Energy Wise Rewards program will not only give you a free web-programmable thermostat, you also get bill credits 3 – 7 times a summer if you allow Pepco to cycle down your AC a few degrees. Try it out – if you don’t like you keep the thermostat.
  2. Switch to LED bulbs.  LEDs are now only $2 – 3 each, are available everywhere you buy light bulbs, and can last up to 15 years. If you have old CFLs, you can recycle them at a number of local stores.
  3. Air seal and insulate your home.  A home energy audit will tell you what you need. Here is a list of local contractors who can help you.

For More Energy Savings

The city’s Sustainability Manager can coach you through the process of reducing energy use and saving money. Our Green Home Certification guide will help you find ways to save energy, and get recognition for doing so.

Complete enough actions from our Green Home Certification checklist and you will get Light Green, Medium Green, or Dark Green Certified.

Takoma Park’s Energy Efficiency Rebates Can Help

Takoma Park offers $50 rebate for energy audits, and up to $500 for energy efficiency improvements. Go to for more information.

Be a Neighborhood Energy Champion.

Talk to your neighbors about energy efficiency. Host an energy party at your home, church, or school and the Sustainability Manager can make a presentation, give recommendations, and even coordinate local experts like energy auditors, solar energy experts, and contractors to attend. Contact Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager to volunteer.

Gina Mathias
Sustainability Manager
Phone: 301-891-7623

Map of Georgetown University Energy Prize Competing Communities

Map of semi-finalist communities participating in the Georgeotown University Energy Prize
Takoma Park is the only Georgetown University Energy Prize semi-finalist community in Maryland.

Services to Help You Help Takoma Park Win the Energy Prize

  • Energy Coaching.  Takoma Park’s energy coaching service can help you select energy auditors and contractors, review audit reports and recommendations, find “next level” energy savings, and help you navigate rebate and incentive programs – including Pepco’s Home Performance with Energy Star program. Contact Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager, at for more info.

What Takoma Park is Doing to Lower Energy Use

  • Completing energy audits in all city owned or operated buildings.
  • Completing lighting retrofits in all city owner or operated buildings.
  • Upgrading heating and cooling systems at Heffner Park, Recreation Center, and the Community Center.
  • Converting streetlights to LEDs. The first LED streetlight project is scheduled to be completed in August 2015 on Flower Avenue.
  • Staff engagement with operations of city facilities, and a staff energy saving competition will occur in 2016.

Georgetown University Energy Prize Progress Report

  • 191 households have been Green Home Certified!
  • Over 30 new residential solar energy systems have been installed! Congratulations to everyone who received a discount through the Takoma Park Solar Co-op.  The MD SUN website can help you find the next co-op to join.
  • $43,000 in rebates have been awarded to residents for energy efficient actions as of June 12, 2015.
  • DOZENS of neighborhood and community meetings have taken place. Contact the Sustainability Manger to host one in your neighborhood!
  • LED streetlight pilot project on Flower Avenue is completed. 49 streetlights were converted to LED in August 2015. Staff is monitoring their performance and exploring options for city-wide LED retrofits.
  • LED lighting upgrades are ongoing at the Community Center.
  • Lighting automation projects ongoing.


Sustainability Sections