Good news for Maryland Homeowners! Some excellent rebate incentives are available from your Maryland Electric Utility provider for all the home energy efficiency improvements that Atlas can complete for your home! Being a utility customer and completing a comprehensive home energy audit, can allow you to qualify for up to $7,500 ( $10,000 for BGE and PEPCO customers), in Home Performance with Energy Star rebates for making your home more energy efficient. 

These rebates are funded by the EmPOWER Maryland surcharge that is on your electric bill every month. This initiative was introduced in 2009 with the goal to reduce Maryland’s electricity consumption. While the implementation, incentives, and regulations of the program have changed over the years, it is currently fully administered through the Maryland Electric Utility Providers – Potomac Edison, BGE, Pepco, SMECO, and Delmarva Power. 

The following programs and services are incentivized though the program:

  1. Quick Home Energy Check-Up
  2. Comprehensive Home Energy Audit
  3. Air Sealing and Insulation Upgrades
  4. HVAC and Duct Sealing Upgrades
  5. Lighting and Appliance Upgrades 

How to Qualify Your Home Energy Efficiency Improvements for Rebate:

  1. Complete a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit – this is a $100 assessment of your home that is completed with an approved utility contractor like Atlas Home Energy Solutions. 
  2. Create a Project Scope that meets BPI (Building Performance Institute) Standards – The entire scope of energy improvements completed on a home that is receiving Home Performance with Energy Star rebate must comply with BPI standards. These include:
    1. Completing Improvements through a Top Down Approach – You must complete attic improvements before or in conjunction with basement/crawlspace improvements. 
    2. Remediating Health and Safety Issues Before Air Sealing – Issues such as improperly routed bathroom exhaust fans, inadequate whole house ventilation, or carbon monoxide hazards must be addressed before completing any work that will make the house tighter. 
  3. Determine Estimated Energy Savings of Energy Improvements – All improvements must be modeled for their potential energy savings through the respective utility’s energy modeling software. Projects which result in higher electricity savings generate a higher rebate amount. 
  4. Complete the Home Energy Improvements – All improvements must be completed by an approved Utility Contractor like Atlas Home Energy Solutions.
  5. Complete a Test Out Inspection – The test out includes a blower door test and combustion safety testing similar to the home energy audit. This inspection is performed by Atlas to ensure the improvements meet the utility program requirements and to ensure that no health or safety issues were created. 
  6. Complete and Submit a Rebate Application – Atlas will complete all of the required documentation and submit the rebate application for customers who complete work with us. 
  7. Receive a Rebate from the Utility – Rebates are mailed directly to homeowners. On average, it takes between 6 and 8 weeks from the rebate approval by the utility until customers receive the rebate check in the mail. 
The Atlas Home Energy Experience

By choosing Atlas Home Energy for your home upgrades, we promise to:

  1. Smooth Process – Atlas staff will manage and perform every step of your home upgrade from the initial evaluation, to the completion of the variety of upgrade projects, to the follow up testing, to the filing for financial incentives. We will take care of the logistics and the details, so that you don’t have to. While there are a lot of steps along the upgrade process and many different construction experts and trades we have designed our processes to make the upgrade experience seamless and efficient.
  2. Measurable Results – We perform follow up testing for all of the services that we provide, so that we give you quantifiable results to show you where your home was before your upgrade and how much it has improved.
  3. Industry Leading Warranty – We use materials and equipment that are of the highest quality because we want our upgrades to last for as long as you live in your home. If you suspect that a product we installed stopped performing as promised, we will send an expert out to evaluate and fix the issue at no charge to you anytime within your warranty period.  

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