The state was credited for its many incentive energy programs, such as "Be Smart" and the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).
These programs help about 4,000 Washington County homes save 25% or more on utilities each year.
"It's allowing them to use their income for disposable things, such as food and clothing," says David Jordan, Executive Director of the Community Action Council.
The C & O Conservation, Inc. handles much of the home weatherization in Maryland. Directors say homeowners must start with an energy audit, and what they call the blower test.
"The primary thing that we're looking for in a home is air leakage first. You can have a well-insulated wall, but if you have an open window, the wall doesn't much matter," says Gilbert.
C & O gets continuous feedback from their clients.
"We're not getting sick anymore, my bills have really lowered, the temperatures are the same from the basement to the second floor. We've had people say you've saved my life," says Kenny.
So, by changing your lights to florescent bulbs, keeping doors and windows shut, and the thermostat at 68 degrees or below to kick-start a warm and energy-efficient winter.
To start your research and save money on your utility bills, check out some of the local programs.