(Maryland) Be SMART Home Efficiency Rebate Program
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers rebates to homeowners for the installation of energy efficiency improvements in single-family and town homes. The program is limited to energy customers that are not eligible to participate in programs offered under the Empower Maryland initiative by the state’s investor-owned utilities and the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO). This restriction limits eligibility to customers of the state’s municipal utilities and remaining cooperative utilities, as well as homeowners with oil and gas heating systems.
In order to qualify for incentives, the home must first undergo a comprehensive home energy audit that identifies proposed energy efficiency improvements. The program incentives include a $300 payment directly to the contractor to defray the cost of the energy audit (the homeowner also pays a $100 fee) and a variety of incentives for building envelope improvements, HVAC improvements, water heaters, and certain appliances. Total incentives are limited to $4,250; however, homeowners may also elect to finance the balance of costs up to $15,000 through the Be SMART Home Efficiency Loan Program.
Please see the program web site for additional requirements and application details.
|Incentive Type:||State Rebate Program|
|Eligible Efficiency Technologies:||Clothes Washers, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Water Heaters, Furnaces , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Room Air Conditioners, Tankless Water Heaters, Heat Pump Water Heater|
|Applicable Sectors:||Residential, Only customers not eligible for Empower Maryland incentives|
|Amount:||Energy Audit: $300 (paid to contractor)
Building Envelope Improvements: 50% of cost
HVAC Equipment: varies by measure, $25 – $500
Water Heating: varies by measure, $25 – $350
Appliances: varies by measure, $75 – $150
|Maximum Incentive:||Total: $4,250
Building Envelope Improvements: $2,000
|Equipment Requirements:||Vary by measure (see application for details); Energy Star certification required for room AC, dehumidifiers, tankless or heat pump water heaters, refrigerators, freezers and clothes washers|
|Installation Requirements:||Home energy audit required prior to participation; audit and installation must be performed by a program-approved contractor|