For the past five years, the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration's (MEA) EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities program. Our 2018 Power Saver Retrofits (PSR) program will provide Home Performance with Energy Star audits and energy-saving home improvements to moderate- and low-income households. There is no cost to the homeowner to participate in this program.
Through the 2018 Power Saver Retrofits, approximately 50 eligible homeowners will receive a comprehensive Home Performance with Energy Star audit and up to $7,000 in energy efficiency improvements for their home. If the audit determines that a home's heating and cooling system (HVAC) needs to be replaced, a total of $10,000 is available for both efficiency improvements and HVAC replacement.
Eligible Energy-saving Projects
Air sealing and insulation in attics and basements
Window and door caulking and weather-stripping
Duct sealing and insulation
Energy efficient lighting upgrades
Appliance upgrades to Energy Star models
Hot water heater replacements with energy efficient heat pump water heaters
Heating and cooling system tune-ups or upgrades to Energy Star models
Up to $1,500 on necessary repairs to health and safety issues related to implementing energy saving improvements.
Window replacements (unless qualified as a health and safety repair
Replacement of a stand-alone furnace or air conditioning unit, without other energy efficiency measures
Additional duct work to other sections of home
You must be a Frederick County homeowner. Rental property owners are not eligible.
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The gross household income of homeowners must be less than 85% of median income for Frederick County based on family size. If your total gross annual income is less that the incomes listed below for your household size, you will be eligible. See table below.
Condominiums, mobile homes, and rental properties are not eligible for PSR.
Additional eligibility information may be posted once the grant agreement is finalized.