These programs support the EMPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act*.  Costs will be recovered through a monthly surcharge on customer bills.  Participation in these programs can help offset this surcharge.  Get more information about saving energy from the Maryland Energy Administration*.


What is the EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs?

The EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP), administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) helps low income households with installation of energy conservation materials in their homes at no charge. These improvements may reduce a household’s energy use, lower monthly utility bills, make occupants more comfortable and may improve the air quality and overall health of the family.

Potomac Edison provides funding for this program through EmPOWER Maryland partners.

Below is a list of some of the items qualified homeowners and renters may be eligible to receive at no additional cost:

  • Insulation in the attic, floors and walls
  • Hot water system improvements
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Furnace cleaning, tuning and safety repairs
  • Refrigerator retrofit, if applicable
  • Health and safety items
  • Energy education


Am I Eligible?

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 Potomac Edison. If you own your home, you must 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.

Curent Annual Household Income Eligibility Guidelines

Size of Family Unit Maximum Annual Household Income
(200% of Federal Poverty Level)

1

$24,120

2

$32,480

3

$40,840

4

$49,200

5

$57,560

6

$65,920

7

$74,280

8

$82,640

Families with more than 8 persons, add $8,360 for each additional person.

For more information about the Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs, call 1-800-638-7781, or you may visit their website at www.mdhousing.org* and click on Energy Efficiency Programs.


Additional Programs

Potomac Edison is proud to partner with state, local and social service agencies in Maryland to provide assistance to eligible low-income families who need help paying past due bills, or reducing the amount of future bills. There are three bill assistance programs that eligible customers can apply for in Maryland: the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), and the Utility Service Protection Program (USPP). These programs encourage energy conservation, financial responsibility and energy independence. For more information you may visit the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP)* website or call 1-800-352-1446. Home weatherization programs may also be available to reduce electric consumption.

*This is a link to a third-party site. The site is maintained by the third-party vendors administering these programs.