Montgomery county residential energy efficiency rebate program

Posted on: August 29, 2011

This is big news: the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has just announced a new initiative based on helping reward customers who take steps to save energy in their homes. It’s called the Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, and it’s huge. It’s sort of like the energy tax credit: you’ll get a rebate for any qualified energy efficient appliances you install in your home. There’s a catch though – funds are limited, so you’ve got to act fast!

The rebates are as follows:

Eligible Improvements

Maximum Rebate

Envelope

Air Sealing

20% of total cost, up to $1,000

Attic Insulation

Wall, Crawlspace & Other Insulation

Duct Sealing

ENERGY STAR HVAC Equipment

Central AC

25% of cost up to $1,000

Heating Equipment

25% of cost up to $1,000

Air Source Heat Pumps

25% of cost up to $1,200

Geothermal Heat Pumps (up to 5.5 tons)

25% of cost up to $2,000

ENERGY STAR Appliances

Freezers

$50

Refrigerators

$50

Dishwashers

$25

Clothes Washers

$25

Other

ENERGY STAR Solar Hot Water Heating

25% of cost up to $1,000

ENERGY STAR Condensing Gas Water Heaters

$150

ENERGY STAR Tankless & Heat Pump Water Heaters

$200

Whole House Energy Use Monitoring Devices

$50

Each homeowner is eligible for a rebate of up to $3,000, with a minimum rebate of $1,000. The program only has $1 million of funding available, so if you’re thinking about getting in on it, you’ve got to act NOW!!

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How do I apply for the Montgomery County residential energy efficiency rebate program?

In order to apply for the Montgomery County residential energy efficiency rebate program, you must first visit this website: www.mcenergyfunding.com. This site will also function as the DEP’s administration portal, where you can upload all the necessary information to receive payment. We (James A. Wheat & Sons) will provide you with all the necessary electronic documents to ensure an easy application process.

Step 1: Get an energy audit

The first thing you’ll need to do is schedule an energy audit. If you live in a condo, you can provide a utility Quick Home Energy Check-up in the place of an audit. Note: the rebate program does not subsidize the cost of the audit. That said, you can use utility funds for the audit.

Step 2: Apply for funding online

Navigate to the website above, create a username and password and upload the report from the energy audit. Once the documents have been reviewed, the County will acknowledge that you are ready to have the work done. You should not start work before the County has given you the notice to proceed. You can visit the website at any time to check on the status of your application.

Step 3: Begin work

Once you have the notice that you are OK to start your project, you’ll have 90 days to complete it. If absolutely necessary, you can file for an extension with the county. You’ll need to submit an invoice that specifies the equipment installed as well as all material costs and labor hours associated with the project. James A. Wheat & Sons will supply this invoice.

Step 4: Project close-out

You will be required to upload all final invoices, a utility data release and a brief survey which you’ll complete at the end of your project. If the project involves air sealing and insulation, you’ll also need to file a certificate indicating that final air exchanges have been tested. Your payment should be processed in about five to six weeks.

There’s never been a better time than right now to install new energy efficient appliances in your home! If you need more information about the Montgomery County residential energy efficiency rebate program, or if you’re ready to get started, call James A. Wheat & Sons today!

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

We stand behind every job we perform, because that’s what it means to be family. Your complete satisfaction is our guarantee.

Upfront
Pricing

You’ll never be stuck with an unexpected bill when your services are complete. We offer upfront, no-surprise pricing, so you can rest assured you’re only paying for the high-quality work you receive.

Trained
Technicians

Our secret to offering the best service in the business is simple. We hire quality people and continually train them to provide the best customer experience possible. We train weekly on service, equipment, diagnosis, and more. You can rest assured that our technicians will bring the industry expertise necessary to exceed your expectations.

Extended
Warranties

We work continuously to keep up with recalls, extended warranties, and notices regarding all plumbing, heating, and AC equipment that we may come in contact with in your home.

Commitment to Community

We believe that as we grow, so should our community—that’s why we look for every opportunity possible to give back.

Easy
Financing

We understand the financial strain that often accompanies new system installation, home remodeling, or unexpected service calls. That’s why we offer easy financing to keep your household budget intact.

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