Home Energy Assessment
Find out how you’re using energy & how you can save money.
Most homes have areas where energy is wasted or overused — and wasted energy costs money you could be keeping in your pocket. A home energy assessment can help identify the best and most cost-effective strategies to reduce your energy bills — and consumption — by up to 30%. It pinpoints energy “leakage” and how to fix it through things like weather-stripping, insulation, heating and cooling tune-ups, etc.
An energy assessment report gives you a list of things you can do along with estimates for cost, savings potential, and payback period. Many utilities are also now offering energy assessments at a reduced price.
All utilities serving Montgomery County offer Quick Home Energy Check-Ups (QHECs), often for free. They’re not as detailed as a full assessment, but can identify some quick energy-saving options. And many of these check-ups will offer you free energy savings products such as efficient lighting and water heater blankets as part of the visit.
Pepco’s Home Performance Contractor list. If you are a Pepco customer, be sure to select a Participating Contractor from this list so you will be eligible for Pepco incentives.
Contractor information from the Better Business Bureau.
Check out consumer reviews of contractors on sites like Yelp! and Angie’s List. If you don’t know where to start see our list of contractors.
BGE Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program – subsidized energy audit ($100)
Pepco Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program – subsidized energy audit ($100)
Potomac Edison Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program – subsidized energy audit ($100)
How does a home energy audit save me money?
It all depends on what you do after you get the audit results. Every action you take to improve energy efficiency helps reduce your utility bills. Click here to learn about different home energy improvements, and how each method can save you energy and money.
How much does a home energy audit cost?
There are two basic types. A basic “walk through,” or Quick Home Energy Check-up, where a specialist goes through your home and identifies opportunities for energy-saving fixes or enhancements (such as weather-proofing, changing lighting or upgrading appliances) is usually in the neighborhood of $40. Many utilities offer check-ups for no cost if you take advantage of low-cost fixes that will be offered to you onsite.
A more robust assessment may include a blower door test and/or thermographic scan, which more precisely pinpoints exactly where hot or cool air are escaping from your living space, indicating the need for more insulation or other measures. These can cost $350–$700.
Utility companies often offer incentives for all these types of tests. Click on the “Incentives” tab above to see current offers.
How do I find a contractor who is qualified to do energy improvements?
Click on the “Resources” tab above for several web resources that can help you find a certified or accredited auditor in your area. Be sure to choose one that works with your utility so you are eligible for incentives for select improvements.
I live in a condominium. Can I still get an audit?
A full-scale assessment may not be your best choice, unless your management company can organize an audit for the whole building. However, a Quick Home Energy Check-Up from your utility can help you to identify quick energy-saving opportunities. Check the Resources tabs for information about audit opportunities for condominiums from your utility. Talk to your management company and condominium board if you think your building could use a full-scale audit.