Power Saver Retrofits Program 

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NOW ACCEPTING  APPLICATIONS FOR THE 8th POWER SAVER (PSR8) RETROFIT PROGRAM

To download an application, click here. 

Program to begin after July 1, 2020 

To request an application by mail,  contact Dawn Ashbacher at 301.600.6864 or  DAshbacher@FrederickCountyMD.gov


POWER SAVER RETROFIT PROGRAM DETAILS

For the past seven 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 eighth Power Saver Retrofits (PSR8) program will provide Home Performance with Energy Star audits and energy-saving home improvements to moderate- and low-income households through May 2021 (as long as funding is available). 

Through the PSR8 program, a limited number of eligible homeowners will receive a comprehensive Home Performance with Energy Star audit and energy efficiency improvements for their home. If the audit determines that a home’s heating and cooling system (HVAC) needs to be replaced, funds may be 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.
  • And more...

Ineligible Projects

  • Stove/range/oven upgrades
  • 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

Homeowner Eligibility:

  • You must be a Frederick County homeowner. Rental property owners are not eligible.
  • You must be a registered participant in Frederick County’s Green Homes Challenge. Get started!
  • 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 than 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.

Gross Income Limits by Household Size through May 2021: 

Income limits can be found by looking at the PSR8 application. See link at the top of the page.


If you do not meet these income requirements but are interested in getting an energy audit and reducing the cost of retrofits through rebates, check out the Potomac Edison Home Performance with Energy Star program.

The Washington Gas Maryland Existing Home Program offers rebates for Washington Gas customers who upgrade to high efficiency furnaces, boilers, water heaters (storage and tankless), and clothes dryers. For more information and to get started, visit WashingtonGasRebates.com/MDhome.

Power Saver Retrofits is funded by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Funding comes from MEA’s Strategic Energy Investment Fund. No tax dollars are used to fund this program.