Here are the top three questions renters have about DIY energy projects:
1. Will a QHEC cost me anything?
No. You can get a QHEC at no additional cost.
Read our blog and watch videos on each of the steps of a QHEC and what you can expect.
2. Should I get permission before I get a programmable thermostat or make any changes to my apartment?
Yes, always contact your landlord before making any changes. Even with the QHEC, your landlord may not want you to switch the type of shower head so it is important to ask before you make that change.
3. How much does it cost to switch to “clean” energy?
The answer is, it depends. Find out how to buy clean electricity for your home and how much it will cost at My Green Montgomery. The information is focused on helping residents of Montgomery County, who cannot install (or prefer not to install) rooftop solar, buy green electricity.
Here are the top three common questions homeowners have about DIY projects:
1. How do I know if I need any work done?
2. How do I find a trusted contractor?
Before calling for estimates, do your homework! The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection has prepared a list of agencies for you to contact for licensing verification, complaint histories, and other information.
3. How much does it cost to switch to clean energy?
The answer is, it depends. Find out how to buy green electricity for your home and how much it will cost at My Green Montgomery. The information is focused on helping residents of Montgomery County, who cannot install (or prefer not to install) rooftop solar, buy green electricity.
There are many options to help you pay for these projects.
Learn about available energy-efficiency incentives, rebates, and grants, as well as low-interest financing program options on the Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection website. Options include:
- Utility incentives for energy efficiency upgrades using funding from the EmPower Maryland Act,
- County and state incentives such as Maryland’s Residential Clean Energy Grant Program, the BeSMART Home Energy Loan, and the Montgomery County Energy Efficiency Tax Credit,
- Federal incentives for Energy Efficiency Tax Credits. You can also visit the EPA’s Energy STAR website to learn about the current Federal tax credits for consumer energy efficiency.
To find out if you qualify for assistance to pay for your home project, read more about your options on our Energy Assistance page.
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