Berlin assistance programs.

How to reduce your energy bills and also get funds for paying them

There are two new programs being offered by the town of Berlin. Both of them are intended to help local residents either save on or get help with their electric and heating bills this winter. The first program is called the Energy Assistance Program and it will help customers in need pay their bills. The second is a free energy audit that is provided by the town, and it will help customers identify ways to save energy in their homes and thereby save money.

The energy audit is a free service that will help local individuals and families identify ways to lower their heating and electric costs. Two Berlin Electric employees were certified as Home Energy Auditors and, with the help of thousands of dollars of specialized equipment (such as infrared technology as well as wind and gas detectors), can tell residents where their homes are losing energy and how they can save.

On the other hand, the Berlin Maryland Energy Assistance Program gives Berlin Electric customers cash grants to be used for their bills. The program will provide aid for those who were not able to get help through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program and who may be facing termination of service if they are not able to pay their bill.

Regarding the free audit, town resident and employee Ms. Timmons was the first to experience the free energy audit service. She said the energy auditor spent about four hours examining and testing her home, and they were checking for leaks in her air conditioning and heating systems, looking for leaks near her electrical outlets and gaps in insulation among other things. Learn more on Maryland weatherization as well as utility and heating programs.

She said the energy audit was a great service for residents who are looking to reduce their energy bills as long as those who receive the audit implement some of the changes and improvements that the technician recommended.

Contact Dave Thomas at 410-641-1666 for more information on either program.








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