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Contact me directly at 301.830.4149 so that I can walk you through the process. This is for renters and homeowners.
EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program
The EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Program helps low income households with installation of energy conservation materials in their homes at no charge. These improvements will both reduce a household’s energy use and lower the monthly utility bills, and will also make occupants more comfortable and may improve the air quality and overall health of the family.
Households may participate in the program if their annual household income is equal to or less than the equivalent of 200% of the federal poverty level. Please see the chart below to find out if your household income qualifies you to take advantage of this program. In addition to meeting income requirements, you must also have an account with one of the five participating utility companies (BGE, Delmarva, PE, Pepco and SMECO). If you own your home, you must also be able to prove ownership of your home. If you rent your home, your landlord must be able to prove ownership and agree to participate in the program.
To apply, please call the department's energy
efficiency programs at 1-855-583-8976.
efficiency programs at 1-855-583-8976.
2015 Poverty Income Guidelines. Contiguous States U.S. Grantees.
Effective February 6, 2015
|Size of Family Unit||Federal Poverty Level||200% of Federal Poverty Level|
|For families with more than 8 persons, 100% of poverty level increases $4,160 for each additional person. Therefore, for weatherization at 200% of poverty level, add $8,320 for each additional person.|
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Once we have determined that your household is eligible to participate in the program, you will be contacted by a local agency that will schedule a time for your home to receive an energy audit. The audit will prioritize the most effective ways to reduce your energy costs while increasing comfort. The local agency will discuss the results of the energy audit with you and schedule a contractor to come out to your home to complete the recommended work. As part of this process, the local agency will ask you to share information on your energy bills and may talk to you about things that you and your family can do to save even more energy. After the energy efficiency upgrades have been made to your home, the local agency will conduct another evaluation of your home to ensure that your home is operating more efficiently.
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;
- Refrigerator retrofit, if applicable;
- Health and safety items.
HELPFUL INFORMATION AND OTHER RESOURCES
- Program Guidance for Network Partners
- 15 Things That Will EmPOWER You To Save Money
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Office of Home Energy Programs
- Maryland Energy Administration
- Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability-EmPOWER
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Housing and Building Energy Programs
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706
Funding is provided for this program through EmPOWER Maryland partners:
Baltimore Gas and Electric
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
Potomac Electric Power Company
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From the MD Comptroller Website
|Maryland's Tax Free Weekend for Certain Energy Star Products|
Consumers will get a break from the state's 6 percent sales tax on qualifying Energy Star products from February 14-16, 2015. During Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the following Energy Star products are tax free:
From 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, through midnight on Monday, February 16, 2015, qualifying ENERGY STAR products will be exempt from Maryland’s six percent sales tax. A list of exempt and taxable items is available on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.marylandtaxes.com, or by calling the Taxpayer Service Section at 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free 1-800-MD TAXES from elsewhere.
More information on Shop Maryland Energy
Links for Shop Maryland Energy
|Office of the Comptroller|
|Shop Maryland Energy|