Programs to Help Pay for Weatherization

Repairs and upgrades to your home can make a big difference in reducing energy use and cost throughout the year. Making sure your home is energy efficient can give you a more comfortable home, lower monthly power bills, and improve air quality and your family’s health.

Low-Cost or free programs

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers programs that may provide help with things like insulation, hot water system improvements, heating/cooling repair or replacement, renewable energy systems, and other health and safety enhancements low-cost or free of charge and assist people of all income levels.

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Check to see if you qualify for one or all of these programs.

How to apply for these programs: Turn in an Office of Home Energy Program or DHCD application. You will be screened for all three programs.

For questions or help with the application: Call 1-855-583-8976.

EmPOWER MD Limited Income Energy Efficiency Program

Once eligibility is determined, the local agency will schedule an energy assessment of the home. If the existing condition of the dwelling permits, the program may provide the following improvements to make your home safer, healthier and more energy efficient:

Insulation in the attic, floors, and walls

Hot water system improvements

Lighting retrofits

Furnace cleaning, tuning, and safety repairs

Appliance replacements, if applicable

Health and safety items

Eligibility:

Must be a customer at one of the following utility companies: BGE, Delmarva Power, Potomac Edison, Pepco, SMECO, or Washington Gas.

Must meet the income guidelines below

Maximum Annual Household Income
Persons in family/household Max Annual Gross Income
1 $54,950
2 $62,800
3 $70,650
4 $78,500
5 $84,800
6 $91.050
7 $100,300
8 $111,650
For families/households with more than 8 persons, for each additional person add: $11,350
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Click here to learn more and apply.

Weatherization Assistance Program

Once eligibility is determined, the local agency will schedule an energy assessment in home. If the existing condition of the dwelling permits, the program may provide the following improvements to make your home safer, healthier and more energy efficient:

Blower door air infiltration reduction

Insulation in the attic, floors, walls

Hot water system improvements

Lighting retrofit

Furnace clean/tune, safety repairs, burner retrofit or replacement

Health and safety items

Eligibility:

Homeowner: Homeowner applicants must be income eligible and able to prove ownership of the housing unit.

Renter: For rental units, landlords must prove ownership and also agree to participate. Tenants of rental units must be income eligible.

Priority is given to eligible applicants who are elderly, disabled, have families with children, and have the highest energy consumption.

Must meet income guidelines below:

Maximum Annual Household Income
Persons in family/household Max Annual Gross Income
1 $25,760
2 $34,840
3 $43,920
4 $53,000
5 $62,080
6 $71,160
7 $80,240
8 $89,320
For families/households with more than 8 persons, for each additional person add: $9,080
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Energy savings tip: It is estimated that 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off, but still plugged in. Unplug electronics or power strips when not in use.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Maryland Energy Assistance Program

Once eligibility is determined, the local agency will schedule an in-home assessment. If the existing condition of the dwelling permits, the program may provide the following improvements to make your home safer, healthier and more energy efficient:

Once eligibility is determined, the local agency will schedule an energy assessment in home. If the existing condition of the dwelling permits, the program may provide the following improvements to make your home safer, healthier and more energy efficient:

Replacing heating/cooling/water heater systems

Eligibility:

Have a non-functioning heating, cooling, and/or water heating system.

Must meet income guidelines below:

Maximum Annual Household Income
Persons in family/household Max Annual Gross Income
1 $25,760
2 $34,840
3 $43,920
4 $53,000
5 $62,080
6 $71,160
7 $80,240
8 $89,320
For families/households with more than 8 persons, for each additional person add: $9,080

How to apply for these programs: Turn in an Office of Home Energy Program or DHCD (link to pdf) application. You will be screened for all three programs.

For questions or help with the application: Call 1-855-583-8976.

Click here to learn more and apply.