Energy Star ImageMembers of our community have seen the ENERGY STAR® logo more frequently and have gotten more information about energy-efficiency programs in recent years. That’s because as an ENERGY STAR Partner, Columbia Association (CA) has made a strong commitment to energy management within our operations — and also to conducting robust outreach to residents, businesses, individuals who regularly use our facilities, and the greater Columbia community.

CA is committed to encouraging the use of ENERGY STAR products and greater participation in all ENERGY STAR and associated Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) sponsored programs as a way to cost-effectively improve the energy efficiency of our community, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money.

The effective use of energy by an organization or individual is one of the most important things we can do to make our community more sustainable. We can reduce utility bills, improve the comfort of our homes and buildings, lower maintenance costs, and do our part to help reduce the threat of climate change by making wise choices with respect to energy consumption and energy supply.

What CA is Doing

Solar PanelsCA is continuously looking for opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of its operations through equipment upgrades and optimizing use of existing equipment.  Efforts undertaken by CA to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions can be seen throughout our building portfolio, from high-efficiency LED lighting to the solar photovoltaic panels at multiple pools and community buildings.

Columbia Association’s efforts have earned it recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2017 as one of just 13 “Partners in Better Buildings” through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Interior Lighting Campaign. In 2014, CA received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Special Recognition Award honoring CA’s promotion of community energy efficiency and sustainability through ENERGY STAR.

We spread the word about energy efficiency and sustainability — because what you do matters.

CA is actively engaging and empowering Columbia residents on the critical issue of energy management. A broad communications program has been implemented throughout the community to promote ENERGY STAR as a powerful tool to help make our community more sustainable.  CA has also launched a residential energy-efficiency initiative leveraging the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program to make it easier and more cost-effective for Columbia residents to improve the energy efficiency of their home. 

What Columbia Residents Can Do

Columbia residents can take numerous steps to make Columbia an Energy Smart Community.  From turning off unnecessary lights and buying an ENERGY STAR refrigerator for their home to exploring renewable electricity supply, Columbia residents can help CA make a difference.