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Weatherization in Maryland can help save money on utilities

Save money on your utility bills from the Maryland Weatherization Program. This federal government funded resource may be able to help qualified low income and working poor families conserve energy, reduce the amount they need to pay on their utility bills, and offer them other forms of support.

The primary objective of weatherization in Maryland is to increase the energy efficiency of an individuals home, while also ensuring the residence is safe to live in. While federal government grants pay for the program, applications are processed by community action agencies in the state of Maryland. Most of the beneficiaries are lower income families with children, the disabled, and senior citizens. People who pay a large percentage of their income towards their heating or utility bills are also key beneficiaries.

U.S. Department of Energy  provides funding to the state, and those funds are then passed down to 18 local governments and nonprofit organizations to pay for such things as insulation in the attic, hot water systems, lighting retrofits, floor and wall insulation and heating system tune ups. These measures are installed in the homes of clients, and will both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes.

In order to be found eligible for the weatherization program in Maryland, an applicant needs to prove ownership of the home and also meet certain income guidelines. However, people who rent their home can also benefit from the program, provided that the landlord agrees to the energy conservation updates as well. While the income guidelines can change, in general applicants need to have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Government Poverty level, as determined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Some assistance may also be provided to people whose income is currently 60% of statewide median.

 

 

 

 

 

Once someone is signed up, a contractor will schedule an energy audit inspection in order to determine how you can best save money on heating and utility bills. Some common improvements that are made include lighting retrofit, blower door air infiltration reduction, furnace clean/tune, safety repairs, burner retrofit or replacement, insulation in the attic, floors, walls, or hot water system improvements.

In order to learn more or to apply, interested persons may stop by or call the local community action agency for the town or Maryland county they live in.

Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc., 125 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502, telephone:(301) 777-5970

Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, 251 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, call (410) 626-1900

Baltimore Housing Community Action Partnership, 4 S. Frederick Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, dial (410) 396-3228

Community Action Council of Howard County, Maryland, Inc., 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive 2nd Floor, Columbia, MD 21046, (410) 313-6440

Community Assistance Network, Inc. (CANI), 7701 Dunmanway, Baltimore, MD 21222, telephone:(410) 285-4674

Dorchester County and Delmarva Community Services Inc., 2450 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD 21613, telephone:(410) 221-1900

Frederick Community Action Agency, 100 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, telephone:(301) 600-1506

Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc., 104 East Center St., Oakland, MD 21550, telephone:(301) 334-9431

Harford Community Action Agency, Inc., 1321-B Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood, MD 21040, telephone:(410) 612-9909

Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc., 10 Distillery Drive, Ste. G-1, Westminster, MD 21158, telephone:(410) 857-2999

Caroline, Kent, and Cecil County - Maryland Rural Development Corporation, 428 4th Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, telephone:(410) 269-0910

Montgomery County Community Action Agency, 2424 Reedle Drive, Suite 238, Wheaton, MD 20902, telephone:(240) 777-1697

Talbot County - Neighborhood Services Center, Inc., 126 Port Street, Easton, MD 21601, telephone:(410) 822-5015

 

 

 

Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester County - Shore Up!, Inc., 520 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804, telephone:(410) 749-1142

Calvert, St. Charles, St. Mary's, Charles County - Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc., Hughesville, MD 20637-0280, telephone:(301) 274-4474

Prince Georges County - United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. (UCAP), 1400 Doewood Lane, Capitol Heights, MD 20731-0356, telephone:(301) 322-5700

Washington County Community Action Council, Inc., 101 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740, telephone:(301) 797-4161

 

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