If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying a natural gas bill, please call the Office of Home Energy Programs at the Maryland Department of Human Resources at 800-332-6347 or your local energy office at the numbers provided (see back). You can also visit the state’s website at https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/.
EmPOWER LOW INCOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM (LIEEP)
This program provides home weatherization services – such as weather-stripping, caulking, plastic window covering and gas furnace tune-up and replacement – at no cost to eligible families. For more information, contact the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development at 855-583-8976 or visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Residents/Pages/lieep/default.aspx
MARYLAND ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MEAP):
MEAP, federally funded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), assists customers with paying their winter heating bills. Grants are based on family size, income and the type of fuel used for heating. Applicants are eligible to apply for the MEAP program only once each program year, July 1 - June 30. For additional information, please see the link below:
Energy Assistance Toolkit
UTILITY SERVICE PROTECTION PROGRAM (USPP):
The USPP begins the first week of November and is available to residential customers who are eligible for MEAP. With USPP, participation requires enrollment into a year-round even monthly budget billing program.
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WAP)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, WAP provides technical and financial assistance to help low-income residents reduce their energy bills. WAP performs energy audits and installs audit-recommended energy efficiency measures to help families maintain energy-efficient, safe and healthy homes. The program is administered through selected community-based organizations that hire local contractors to install the energy efficiency measures recommended by the energy audit. For more information, contact the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) at 311 or online at https://doee.dc.gov/.