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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the fee for forming an Energy Cooperative?

A: There is no fee. QVINTA maintains agreements with retail energy providers and earns a commission on each energy co-op contract that we execute.

Q: How much electricity does a typical American home uses?

A: In recent years, the average monthly residential electricity consumption has been around 920 kilowatthours (kWh).

Q: How is electricity consumed in U.S. homes?

A: Appliances account for 64.7% of electricity consumption in the average American household (2001). Refrigerators consumed the most electricity (14%), followed by lighting (9%).

Q: What is the average monthly electric bill for households in the DC Metro area?

A: In 2009, (the most recent data available), the average monthly electric bill for a home in DC was $97.94; in Maryland the average was $153.72; and in Virginia it was $124.06. Download more information residential electricity use in the DC area.

Q: What is the average monthly electric bill for commercial sites in the DC Metro area?

A: In 2009 (the most recent data available), the average monthly electric bill for commercial sites in DC was $3,426.13; in Maryland $1,225.27; Virginia $771.55. Download more information commercial electricity use in the DC area.

Q: Is a HERS inspection included in an energy audit?

A. No. The HERS inspection is a separate service and includes a different evaluation process. HERS inspections are best suited for homeowners who are in the process of building a new home or building an addition to an existing home.

Q: Does QVINTA help customers make necessary upgrades to become energy efficient?

A. Yes. QVINTA performs upgrades and retrofit to make your household appliances more energy efficient. To learn more, contact us at 301-203-0277 or info@qvinta.com.