Renewable energy trends spur job growth in Maryland

Energy efficiency has many benefits for those who choose to take part in its enhancements. One of these benefits is the growth of jobs in emerging fields.

According to the Frederick News-Post, the use of renewable energy is generating new jobs in Maryland.

The Solar Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization, recently released its 2014 Maryland Solar Jobs Census. This report found that solar jobs in Maryland are growing, spurred by the drive to make solar changes in the home. As of November 2014, there were more than 3,000 solar jobs in Maryland, representing about 29 percent of increases in employment since 2013.

The Solar Foundation projected a 26 percent increase in solar jobs this year alone, with more than 174,000 across the U.S.

Making energy efficient changes doesn't just mean installing solar panels or building wind turbines. For some, making this change may be out of the question in terms of timing and finances. There are steps that homeowners can take now though that will increase efficiency and decrease utility bills. These include:

  • Changing the light bulbs. If you haven't done so already, switch out the light bulbs in your home for a more efficient bulb. By eliminating incandescent lights, owners can reduce energy used by lighting up to 75 percent.
  • Sealing and insulating the home will keep the cold air out and the warm air inside this winter. By doing so, comfort and quality of life can also be improved as filtered air fills the home instead of polluted air from the outdoors.
  • Using electronics properly, such as loading a washing machine with the right amount of clothes or running the dishwasher only when it's full but not too full, can also make a difference. Running electronics correctly will also prolong their life.

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