Easton Utilities grant offers up to $8,000 for Weatherization and Repairs

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Attention Low-to-Moderate-Income Homeowners: Apply now for up to $8,000 in home weatherization upgrades!

Easton Utilities and Habitat for Humanity Choptank have teamed up to help low and moderate income homeowners improve energy efficiency and lower their monthly utility bills. Funded by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) 2016 EmPower Clean Energy Communities Low to Moderate Income (LMI) grant, the “PowerUp Program” initiative will deploy up to $350,000 in cost-effective energy efficiency measures that may include weatherization, air sealing, insulation, appliance replacement, and/or heating/venting/air conditioning (HVAC) replacement.

Participants in the PowerUp Program will receive a home energy audit by a certified auditor who will identify weatherization upgrades appropriate for each home. Based on the audit, certified contractors will install the upgrades at NO COST to PowerUp participants. The PowerUp Program will fund upgrades of up to $5,000 per home for projects not involving a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system replacement and a maximum of $8,000 per home for a project involving an HVAC system replacement.

PowerUp will fund 100% of the project costs.

Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and projects funded up to the limit of the funds available from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Should I apply for the PowerUp Program?

Under the terms of the Maryland Energy Administration grant, the PowerUp Program is available to low and moderate income residential homeowners who meet the following criteria:

● Do you own (name on title) and live in the home?
● Do you make a “low” or “moderate” income? For example: a family of four living in Talbot county must make less than $67,050 to qualify for the program.
● Do you have, or can you get homeowner’s insurance?
● Are you UNABLE to afford necessary weatherization or repairs, or are otherwise unable to complete them due to age, disability, or circumstance?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may qualify for the PowerUp Program.

To be considered for the program, please call 410-819-3412 or email Grants@eucmail.com to receive an application.   To learn more, visit www.eastonutilities.com/powerup.

Letters to Editor

  1. I want to proudly assert that our son-in-law, Dean Fisher, is the person at the Maryland Energy Administration who administers this grant to communities like ours. He has had the good fortune to work Nancy Andrew at Habitat and the wonderful employees of Easton Utilities to get these funds into the hands of people who need them.

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