Tag Archive: residential

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What you should consider when adding battery storage

The following blog was reposted with permission from Solar United Neighbors: One of the most common questions we receive is “how can I add battery storage to my solar array?” Adding battery back up to your home can seem like a daunting challenge. That’s why we’ve put together a free guide to battery storage for homeowners. It
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Partners in Energy: Jordan Leonard

One person can make a difference and this series profiles a leader, advocate, or resident who is dedicated to improving energy efficiency and helping the county realize its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Find out more about them in their own words. This installment highlights Jordan Leonard of

Cold weather collaboration with Manna

As temperatures drop, it unfortunately becomes harder for many people to keep themselves comfortably warm, even in their own homes. A new area partnership aims to help eliminate that reality for Montgomery County families. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is working with Manna Food Center – a Rockville-based organization dedicated to eliminating hunger in

Two years of the Residential Energy Program!

  Watt’s Up with Montgomery County’s Residential Energy Program? In 2016, the Residential Energy Program launched. After 2 years, it is well on its way to energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions! 14,237 residents engaged 229 events, including: 25+ congregations 21 libraries 16 senior centers 4 regional service centers 10+ schools 10 MANNA food distribution

Buying green electricity for your home

An important way to combat global warming is to switch our electricity supply to “green” electricity (generated from wind- and solar-powered sources, both of which do not emit carbon dioxide). Electricity generation is the single largest source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.  Electricity sold by Pepco in Maryland in 2017 was generated mostly by coal

Community Solar is now available for Marylanders

Montgomery County residents finally have the chance to take part in the new Maryland community solar program and be part of the newest, most innovative solar industry development. Community solar was initially authorized by legislation in 2015, and it took several years for projects to become available. It’s a great way for people to support

Trying to be rational in an irrational world

Think about the last time you went looking for a new car. What did you look for? You probably started with your needs for the vehicle and the style of the car you wanted. You then considered the miles per gallon (mpg) of the car, looked up the crash test rating and then read online

Show your air conditioner a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Failed air conditioning on a scorching day can turn summer bliss into a sweaty nightmare.  Here are do-it-at-home tips that may help lower your utility bill, save energy and avoid costly repairs.   Replace dirty clogged filters Dirty filters block airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency. When your cooling system is fighting to pull air through a

Your Story: Homeowner navigates the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

Interested in lowering your home’s energy bill?  Take advantage of your utilities’ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.  If you are new to this program, view our recent blog on the steps to apply. Read Julia Kalloz story below for an in-depth look at the program.    Homeowner Julia Kalloz walked us through her experience