Did you know that there are three utility suppliers who provide electricity to residents in Montgomery County? Your utility is determined by where you live.
If you live in Barnesville, Beallsville, Boyds, Browningsville, Cedar Grove Martinsburg, Clarksburg, Damascus, Dickerson, Hyattstown (Barnesville Sta.), Poolesville, Purdum, or Sellman your utility supplier is Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Company. Potomac Edison provides energy for nearly 400,000 people in Maryland and parts of West Virginia.
As with all of the utilities in Maryland, Potomac Edison is mandated to provide services to ratepayers through the EmPOWER Maryland Program. Some of these programs include the Quick Home Energy Checkup (QHEC). The difference is that Potomac Edison doesn’t assign you to a specific contractor when you call for a QHEC, you have to choose the contractor yourself and that can be difficult.
Before you schedule your QHEC, you will want to find a contractor that serves your zip code. You can do this by either using the Potomac Edison convenient search tool to find a participating contractor or by calling 1-888-267-4685.
You can also find out who is a qualified contractor in this blog. Below, we have an updated list of all of the companies in Montgomery County so choosing a contractor that’s right for you will be a bit easier.
With offices in Fredrick and Bethesda, the company offers home inspections and QHECs. Call 301.662.6566 for information.Atlas Home Energy Solutions
Located in Frederick, the company’s mission is to help homeowners create high performance homes that are comfortable, energy efficient, healthy, and low maintenance. Log onto www.atlashomeenergy.com/quick-energy-check or call 301.364.5055 to schedule a QHEC.Energy Checkups MD
The company provides QHECs for buildings in the Potomac Edison service area and is located in Shepherdstown, WV. Log onto www.energycheckupsmd.com or call 304.676.2613 for details.
Epic Home Solutions
Hot Shotz Thermal Imaging Services
Potomac View Energy
Once you choose one, you will make an appointment for the QHEC, here is what to expect. An energy auditor will come to your home (apartment, condominium, or single-family home) to check its energy efficiency to make improvement recommendations that will help you save money by saving energy.
Auditors also let you know about any energy-saving programs you may be eligible for and may even install things like LED light bulbs, faucet aerators, water heater insulation and water-efficient showerheads. Most QHECs take less than an hour.
You can view segments from a QHEC, here: https://mygreenmontgomery.org/2017/qhec/
By Kim Hodges and Felicia Hodges