Energy Saving Home Improvement Recommendations

While recommended improvements will vary by home, below is a list of the most common home energy upgrades that can increase your comfort and help you save on monthly energy costs.

  • Insulate attic and seal air leaks
  • Seal ducts
  • Switch to ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • Upgrade to a high-efficiency water heater
  • Improve heating and cooling systems
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® qualified windows
  • Install smart thermostats
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Maryland Energy Rebates

Pepco® is a proud local sponsor of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, a national program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2002, over 500,000 homeowners have improved their homes’ efficiency with whole-house solutions to improve comfort and indoor air quality while reducing energy bills. Following the Home Energy Assessment, your Participating Contractor will recommend a variety of energy efficiency improvements for your home. If you make the improvements, Pepco will reward you with rebates up to $7,500.* 

Here's how it works:

  •  Your contractor will give you a Prioritized List of Measures (PLOM). This list will help you determine which improvements will result in the greatest return on investment and also address comfort, energy, health and safety considerations.
  • You decide which solutions make sense for your home and budget. Your contractor will have you sign a proposal for the improvements and the PLOM, and then the contractor will reserve the rebates for your improvements on your behalf.
  • Once the rebate reservation is approved, you will have 60 days to complete your chosen home improvements.
  • After you have received an approved rebate reservation and reviewed the final scope of work about your chosen improvements, your contractor will present you with a contract to review and sign. Your contractor will submit a copy of this contract with your Rebate Application and signed Terms and Conditions Form. Work cannot begin until both you and your contractor have signed the contract.
  • Once work has been completed, the final energy savings and rebate amount is determined by an evaluation called the Test Out.
  • After the Test Out is complete, your contractor should submit all necessary rebate documentation to Pepco on your behalf within 30 days of installation.
  • Your rebate check will arrive 6–8 weeks from the date we receive the completed application.

Requirements:

You can choose to complete your home improvements all at one time, or you can break the recommended improvements into multiple phases. In order to qualify for rebates, each project or phase of improvement(s) must meet the following criteria:
  • All rebate-eligible measures must be installed in compliance with ENERGY STAR, Building Performance Institute (BPI) and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program standards.
  • In order to qualify for Pepco’s HPwES Program rebates, each project or phase of energy efficiency improvement(s) must be installed in compliance with ENERGY STAR, Building Performance Institute (BPI) and HPwES Program Standards.
*Certain restrictions apply. Consult your Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor for more details.

$100 Energy Audit for Maryland Energy Rebate Customers

For homes up to 3000 sq. ft. with one heating & cooling systems

For more information about Maryland Energy Rebates, to find out if you qualify or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 866-624-5970 or complete our contact form.

Temperature Zoning

Getting the perfect indoor temperature can seem almost impossible, especially if your home was built using different materials. In order for your property to maintain comfortability, there needs to be a proper temperature control system in place. At TriState Home Services, we have the equipment, methods and products you need to keep your home the perfect temperature with our temperature zoning installations.

What is Temperature Zoning?

Temperature zoning offers many advantages, but the one that stands out the most is that it allows you to manipulate the temperature in different zones of your property with a single thermostat. You no longer need to purchase multiple cooling and heating systems to keep your indoor temperatures comfortable. If you like to keep your bedroom cool, but you prefer that your bathroom remain warm, temperature zoning is exactly what you are looking for. Other benefits include the following:

  • Integrates with your current systems
  • Gives you the ability to control comfortability in your home
  • Saves money on electricity costs
  • Works with both heating and cooling

When to Get Temperature Zoning

There are certain properties that we recommend temperature zoning for specifically because of their complex nature. Some of these properties include:

  • Atriums and solariums
  • Rooms connected to and over the garage
  • Rooms with expansive glass areas
  • Large open areas
  • Two story and multi-level homes
  • Complex floor plans
  • Finished basements and attics

These are just a few instances for which we recommend installing temperature zoning systems. There are also other situations that will work very well with temperature zoning systems. To find out if temperature zoning is a good fit for your property, contact us today at 866-624-5970.

Air Flow Testing

Rarely do we realize just how much we rely on our HVAC systems to keep our indoor atmosphere cool and comfortable. These systems are necessary for maintaining comfortable temperatures in homes and businesses. Manufacturers are constantly developing new models that are more innovative and better quality than the last. These new high-tech HVAC systems are compelling energy auditors to provide a comprehensive overview to clients, which is exactly why we now offer air flow testing, otherwise known as static pressure testing.

You may not have heard of air flow testing yet, as it is still fairly new. However, it has proven to be a reliable method for determining the condition of existing HVAC systems and ductwork, and to make sure they are performing their best.

When it comes to energy consumption, there are many elements that could be increasing your energy consumption and in turn, costing you more money than necessary. For example, if your HVAC installation or ductwork are damaged, it could explain why your energy consumption is so high. Other variables like appliance malfunctions and air leaks could also be preventing your systems from performing properly and could end up costing you more money. By performing air flow testing, our technicians can locate and correct any issues before they become problematic.

Air Flow Testing Process

When performing air flow testing, our skilled technicians will complete the following steps:

 

  • Determine which direction to drill the test holes
  • Drill the equipment and/or duct system
  • Complete air flow readings
  • Compare the results to manufacturer’s pressure ratings
  • Locate the component that has the highest pressure drop

Contact TriState Home Services to schedule professional air flow testing in your home. We also offer comprehensive home energy evaluations to learn more about your property and provide affordable solutions to help lower energy consumption and increase your energy savings. 

Insulation Assessment Services

A simple method for lowering energy consumption in your home is by reinforcing your HVAC with insulation. There are many different insulation options and finding one that meets your needs is easy. Maintaining your insulation is a little more difficult; but it’s just as important! When your home’s insulation doesn’t work properly, your indoor temperatures, energy consumption, and the costs associated with it, will reflect that.

If you’re not sure if your insulation is performing optimally, it’s best to have it checked by the experts. TriState Home Services can quickly locate any problem areas and provide an affordable solution for you.

Benefits of Insulation

There are many benefits associated with installing insulation in your property. Some of the most common benefits are:
  • Promotes a safe and healthy environment
  • Reduces energy consumption
  • Increases property resale value
  • Added strength and protection for your home
If you’re ready to update, repair or install new insulation in your home, TriState Home Services can help. We can even check your current insulation to make sure there are no issues setting you back. Contact us today at 866-624-5970 or complete our contact form to set up a free in-home consultation.