Tired of high utility bills? Save energy and save money with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. The latest program offers increased incentives, up to $7500 or 75-percent of your project. BGE, Pepco, DPL, SMECO, & Potomac Edison customers are eligible to save energy, save money, and increase Whole-Home Comfort.
The average family spends $1,300 a year to heat and cool their home. However, the U.S. Department of Energy found homeowners waste between $130 and $650 of that energy.
It’s like leaving a window open 24/7!
This energy loss causes rooms that are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.
In order to stop wasting energy, try these steps:
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program allows you to save three ways. First, rebates reduce your project cost. Secondly, the improvements save energy. Finally, you save money on HVAC repairs and utility bills when you use less energy.
An energy audit is the first step to saving energy and money.
The audit tests your home’s energy performance. The auditor will show you the problems, detail solutions, and estimate your savings.
Minnick’s is an approved BGE energy audit contractor. Minnick’s is also a Pepco approved contractor.
We are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) which sets the standards for home performance professionals like Minnick’s.
Even ConsumerReports recommends hiring a BPI professional.
We take a Whole-Home approach to comfort and energy efficiency.
Our customers see savings quickly with lower utility bills, fewer HVAC breakdowns, longer-lasting equipment, and better indoor air quality. A healthy home means healthy living.
Minnick’s focus is on Whole-Home comfort and performance. So, what does this mean? Well, many homeowners believe their HVAC unit controls their home’s efficiency. That’s only partially the case. Many other factors play a role, including your insulation and ductwork. They all need to work together as a system.
After more than 60 years in business, we’ve found these systems often don’t work together.
That’s why Minnick’s offers a Whole-Home Action Plan. It’s a comprehensive review of every system in your home.
It’s important to look at your home as a system when you’re considering energy-efficient upgrades.
If you buy new HVAC equipment, you want it to run as efficiently as possible so it lowers your costs. If other systems in your home are failing, your new HVAC equipment won’t perform as expected.
Whole-Home Comfort is simple science. If you have an air leak or your ductwork is the incorrect size, your HVAC unit will work harder. This leads to more breakdowns, a shorter lifespan, and less efficient equipment.
The Whole-Home approach is the most comprehensive way to solve your heating, cooling, and insulation needs.
Minnick’s offers Pepco and BGE customers our Healthy Home Energy Audit. It’s available for just $100 as part of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. That’s $300 in savings.
The $100 offer applies to homes up to 3,000 square feet with a single heating and cooling zone. The service costs more in larger homes or ones with multiple zones.
During an energy audit, Minnick’s inspects, tests, and solves your comfort and energy efficiency needs.
Auditors inspect the following areas of your home:
- Heating and cooling system
- Duct System
The auditor looks for air leaks, proper ventilation, water leaks, and safety hazards.
We also attach a special door to your home to find hidden cracks, holes, and leaky air ducts. It’s called a blower door test. It uses a special fan to depressurize your home. The blower door test reveals sources of energy loss that raise your utility bills.
Next, the auditor identifies hot and cold spots in your home. These indicate energy loss and poor insulation.
Minnick’s encourages the homeowner to follow the auditor. That way you can feel the drafts and air leaks as we find them.
Once we identify areas of energy loss, we make sure your home is safe.
The energy auditor checks the appliances for gas leaks and conducts a carbon monoxide test. That way you know the air you breathe is safe.
Our BGE and Pepco energy audits also check exhaust vents. We make sure they are properly venting humid air outside.
Too much moisture in your home may lead to a mold problem. That’s another source of indoor air quality problems.
Your health depends on the air in your home. Breathing problems and asthma are common in homes with poor indoor air quality.
At the end of the audit, you’ll know more about your home’s performance ways to improve it.
The auditor provides a comprehensive plan to improve your home’s energy efficiency. It includes solutions, costs, potential rebates, and estimated savings.
You’ll also receive FREE energy-saving products. These include the following:
- LEDs (up to 14)
- Faucet aerators (up to 4)
- Efficient-flow showerhead – fixed mount or handheld (up to 2)
- Water heater pipe insulation (multiple systems eligible)
- Smart power strip (1)
- ShowerStart showerhead adapter (up to 2)
All these devices save you money and reduce your energy use. Here’s how they work.
Most homeowners use power strips to protect their electronic devices from surges and to increase outlet space. Smart power strips go one step further.
They shut down power to products when they’re in standby mode. That’s important because even in standby mode, electronic products pull power.
Secondly, you get up to 14 LED lights. They use up to 75-percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
In addition, the program provides faucet aerators, efficient flow showerheads, and showerhead adapters.
The aerators reduce the water that flows through your faucet. So, you save water and energy when you turn on the hot water.
How much water will you save? A lot more than you might think. Surprisingly, a faucet aerator with the EPA’s WaterSense label can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year. That’s equal to taking 40 showers, according to the EPA.
The ShowerStart system attaches to your showerhead. Don’t worry. Your shower experience won’t change a bit. With the device, you don’t waste water while you wait for the shower to warm up. It also saves energy.
Here’s how the ShowerStart showerhead adapter works. You turn on the shower. When the water reaches 95-degrees Fahrenheit, the water flow reduces to a trickle, so you save energy. When you are ready to shower, normal water flow resumes when you pull the lanyard.
You can use the ShowerStart showerhead adapter as a stand-alone device. If you use it with the efficient-flow showerheads, you’ll substantially increase its efficiency.
Finally, insulating your water heater pipe saves energy too. It reduces heat loss, raising the water temperature 2 to 4 degrees, according to the Department of Energy. With warmer water, you can lower the water temperature setting on your water heater.
Unlike previous programs, the latest Home Performance with Energy Star program uses performance incentives. So your savings depend on the expected performance of your improvements. In general, you’re eligible for up to $7500 or 75-percent of your project cost.
The following examples are estimated rebates.
Heat pump – 16 SEER, 9.0 HSPF, without ECM – $1416 rebate incentive
Heat pump – 18 SEER, 9.5 HSPF with ECM – $2122 rebate incentive
Central A/C – 16 SEER – $680
Central A/C – 18 SEER with ECM – $1231
Contractors use computer software to calculate your rebates as it varies by program and product.
There are some additional guidelines, especially with HVAC equipment. You won’t qualify for incentives by just purchasing new HVAC equipment. Also, your home must meet the required standards for attic air sealing and insulation, or you’ll have to purchase that too. Your audit will determine eligibility.
Also, you qualify for incentives even if you participated in another Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Your eligibility amount depends on how much you already received. Subtract your old rebates from $7500 to calculate the amount of money you’re eligible to get with this latest program.
Your contractor can guide you through the program, rebates, and potential savings.
While rebates up to $7500 will offset the cost of the project, you can finance the remaining portion. Minnick’s offers 0% financing or payments as low as $99 a month.
So how do you qualify for these increased energy incentives? Here’s a 10 step action plan to claim your BGE and Pepco energy rebate.
- Must be BGE, DPL, Pepco, SMECO, or Potomac Edison customer
- Choose an approved contractor
- Get an energy audit for $100
- Install FREE energy-saving products
- Review energy solutions
- Select energy-efficient home improvements
- Reserve your energy rebates
- Work begins
- The contractor performs diagnostic tests to verify improvements save energy
- Start saving money
Don’t let the 10-step plan overwhelm you. The most important step is finding a BGE or Pepco approved contractor. They will guide you through the process.
Your upfront investment is just $100. You’ll get an energy audit and energy-saving products. The products include a faucet aerator, low flow showerheads, LEDs, smart power strip and more. The devices are free.
At the end of the audit, you’ll have a list of suggested improvements and savings.
Once you know which improvements you want to make, you reserve your energy rebates as long as program funding is still available.
Minnick’s has more than ten years of experience completing home energy audits. Our customers see savings quickly. The program estimates you will reduce your energy costs by 10 to 20-percent.
You’re saving on more than just your energy costs. When your home works as a system, you’re more comfortable too.
Are you ready to triple your savings? Save energy, save money on the project, and save money on your utility bills.
Rob Minnick is the CEO & President of Minnick’s. His family-owned company specializes in heating, cooling, plumbing, and Whole-Home Comfort. With more than 63-years experience, the company prides itself on having the top HVAC technicians. They follow strict standards and earn top-notch credentials. Customer satisfaction is a top priority. Minnick’s proudly serves Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Baltimore, and Baltimore City counties. Ask a Minnick’s technician how they can make your HVAC system smart!