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EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/16/2014
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Lighting, Furnaces , Building Insulation, Custom/Others pending approval, Health and Safety Measures
Applicable Sectors: Low-Income Residential, (must be a customer of BGE, Delmarva, PE, Pepco or SMECO)
Amount:Direct installation, no cost to the recipient
Installation Requirements:Energy audit required prior to program participation; post-installation evaluation also conducted
Funding Source:EmPOWER Maryland
Program Budget:FY 2013: $2.575 million
Web Site:

Note: The eligible technologies listed above are only examples of some improvements that might be supported under this program as detailed on the program web site. Not all potentially eligible improvements will be appropriate for all participants and activities may be limited to services rather than outright equipment replacement (e.g., re-tuning rather than replacing a furnace).

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program helps qualifying low-income residents increase the energy efficiency of their homes at no cost to program participants.


The program is available to state residents that have a household income that is less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level and are customers of utilities that participate in the broader EmPOWER Maryland initiative (BGE, Delmarva, PE, Pepco and SMECO). Residents must be able to prove ownership of their home in order to qualify. If the resident is a renter, the landlord must be able to prove ownership of the residence and agree to participate in the program. The table provides eligibility guidelines based on annual household income:

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Program Description

In order to participate in the program, residents must apply through the appropriate local agency or submit an online application (see program web site for details). Once an applicant has been deemed eligible for the program, an energy audit will be performed on the home to identify appropriate energy efficiency improvements. Improvements may include attic, floor and wall insulation; lighting upgrades; hot water system improvements; furnace cleaning, tuning, and safety repairs; refrigerator retrofits; and health and safety measures. After the appropriate improvements have been selected, a contractor will visit the home to complete the recommended work, at no cost to the resident. Participants may also receive guidance on saving energy with behavioral changes. After the work has been completed, a post-installation evaluation will be performed to ensure that the home continues to operate efficiently.

Please see the program web site for application information and further details on income eligibility criteria.

  Program Administrator - EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032
Phone: (800) 638-7781
Web Site:
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