by Lisa Tome
The Town of Cecilton collected a big award at last month's Maryland Municipal League Convention.
But the citizens of the town will benefit all year round.
The award, from the Maryland Energy Administration designates Cecilton as a Smart Energy Community.
"We were the only town in the county to get it. I can't believe no other town did it. It's free and it saves you money," said Cecilton town clerk Kim Roland.
Roland and town administrator Brenda Cochran explained the process. Several months ago, an energy study was conducted at all of the town-owned properties. Recommendations on energy savings were made and then put into action.
One change that the town made was with Christmas decorations. The bulbs in the exterior light poles were swapped out with LED lights. The town was paying $800 with the traditional bulbs over the course of the season. With the new lights, the bill decreased to $195.
"The purchase of the lights paid for themselves already," said Roland.
"It helps us spend less money which can be used elsewhere. We are saving the resident's money," said Cochran. "It saved us 15 percent on our electric bills and reduces our carbon footprint," said Roland.