Energy bills can get out of hand, and sometimes residents fall behind. Thankfully, there are programs to help reduce these high costs and keep the heat and lights on.
Many of the assistance programs listed below use the same application materials, so eligibility for multiple programs can be determined by completing one set of forms. The forms can be obtained by:
Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs assists County residents with a Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps make homes more energy-efficient at no cost to eligible households when funds are available. Both homeowners and renters may be eligible. For renters, the landlord might be required to contribute part of the cost. Call 311 for additional information.
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers a number of energy and weatherization assistance programs for Maryland residents:
- EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) 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.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps eligible low income households with the installation of energy conservation materials in their dwelling units. These measures both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes.
Maryland's Office of Home Energy Programs
Maryland’s Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) helps Maryland’s hard working families pay their utility bills, minimize heating crises, and make energy costs more affordable. Residents can apply for the following assistance programs online or through Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services office:
- Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides assistance with home heating bills. Limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces.
- Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) assists eligible low-income electricity customers with their electric bills. Assistance is available regardless of whether you are an active customer or you are currently without service.
- Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) protects low-income families from utility cutoffs and allows MEAP-eligible households to enter into a year-round even monthly payment program with their utility company.