Q: What’s the difference between a Quick Home Energy Check-Up (QHEC) and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program?

A: The Quick Home Energy Check-Up is free of charge to utility customers and is less thorough than the Home Performance audit. During the QHEC, the Energy Analyst assesses your home’s energy use by accompanying homeowners on a visual walk-through of their home identifying energy-saving opportunities. He or she also will help customers to begin saving right away by installing energy-saving products such as LED light bulbs, pipe wraps for your electric hot water heater for simple insulation, a showerhead adapter, efficient-flow showerheads, faucet aerators to reduce the amount of water consumed and power strips. Please note, there is no formal energy audit report included with the QHEC so you cannot use this form of an audit that is required to participate in grants in the Clean Energy Program. To learn more about QHEC visit: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/quick-home-energy-check-up-program

In order to be considered for grants in the Clean Energy Program, you must receive a comprehensive energy assessment by a certified professional that uses the whole-house approach. This is performed as a part of the Home Performance audit as the program requires a whole-house audit that deeply analyzes all areas of your home in detail (this includes the mentioned blower door test).

The cost for the whole-house audit is $100 which is a discounted price for current Pepco and Washington Gas customers (normally $400). To learn more about HPwES, visit https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program.

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1. Q: What are the requirements to receive a grant from the Clean Energy Program?
2. Q: I need assistance with my utilities
3. Q: How do I know if I live within an ERC area?
4. Q: Is this program income dependent?
5. Q: What are the steps to applying for a grant in the Clean Energy Program?
6. Q: What grants are available?
7. Q: Can I work with any contractor? Where do I select a contractor from?
8. Q: What are some typical [energy] improvements can the selected contractor perform as a part of the energy efficiency grant?
9. Q: Can a grant cover the cost of health and safety measures that are caught in the energy audit?
10. Q: What’s the difference between a Quick Home Energy Check-Up (QHEC) and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program?
11. Q: Does it cost to be a recipient of the grant? Do I ever have to pay it back?
12. Q: What if I don’t live within an ERC community? What if I don’t have Pepco or Washington Gas, can I still take advantage of energy incentives?
13. Q: Who can receive the maximum amount of $10,000 for the rooftop solar system?
14. Q: Does the solar system have to go specifically on top of the roof?
15. Q: Can I select any contractor to install my rooftop solar system?
16. Q: Is there a solar system size minimum or maximum to be considered to receive solar grant funds?
17. Q: What other incentives are available for installing solar systems in Prince George’s County?
18. Q: Is the solar grant reimbursement of upfront cost(s) or is the grant paid before the panels are installed?
19. Q: Is a condominium eligible to participate in EmPOWER Maryland Programs? What about a grant in the Clean Energy Program?