What is Montgomery Energy Connection?

January 9, 2020
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For the last few years, the Department of Environmental Protection has been working with Health and Human Services and other community partners to launch Montgomery Energy Connection.

Montgomery Energy Connection is a collection of trusted and unbiased information, a central hub for energy resources, and an outreach network that provides all residents with user-friendly, energy-saving resources that will improve their daily lives and preserve a healthy environment for future generations.

In celebration of Energy Action Month, in October 2019, the new program website went live. The goal of the website is to be a one-stop service to answer all energy questions and concerns from lowering your utility bill to switching to clean energy.

In fact, the website features a Program Finder component that will help Montgomery County residents discover which energy programs are available to them. They can put in their housing type, zip code, household size, and household income and VOILA you are matched with a customized list of energy programs such as the Quick Home Energy Checkup or the Energy Efficiency Property Tax Credit.

On this website, we go into detail about various programs that exist:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) makes energy costs more affordable, prevents the loss of home energy service, and helps restore interrupted service and you can find their information on the Help Pay My Bill page.
  • The Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Habitat for Humanity work together to bring you the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program (MCEEP) which is a FREE program through the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, administered by Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland aimed at reducing home energy usage for qualified Pepco customers. You can find out more about programs to make your home more comfortable on the Help Pay My Bill page.
  • If you are looking for ways to pay for energy upgrades, the Lower My Energy Bill page has information on rebates, financing, grants and tax credits that are available at the county, state, and federal level.
  • In Maryland, you have a lot of options when it comes to making environmentally-friendly energy choices and this can get confusing. So we have the Learn about Renewables page that will walk you through a variety of options from switching to clean energy to installing solar panels.
  • The Office of Consumer Protection has identified the most common ways that residents experience energy scams, and share some warning signs and ways to protect yourself. You can find out about energy scams on the My Energy Use page.
  • All four utility companies that service Montgomery County, BGE, Pepco, Potomac Edison, and Washington Gas have incentive information on this website. If you are not sure how to Read Your Utility bill, you can find out more on the My Energy Use page.

        

In addition to the website, the Department of Environmental Protection and our more than thirty [30] County agencies, local organizations, and businesses partners host and participate in many community events every year from light bulb exchanges to workshops and lectures. Visit the Events Calendar on Montgomery Energy Connection to find upcoming energy events. If you are interested in having us attend one of your events, email us at: energy@montgomerycountymd.gov

 



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