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Be SMART Home Efficiency Rebate Program (Maryland)

Savings Category 
Heat Pumps
Maximum Rebate 

Total: $4,250
Building Envelope Improvements: $2,000

Program Info
Program Type 
State Rebate Program
Rebate 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

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

'''''Note: This program is expiring. Homeowner rebate applications and contractor energy audit requests for payment must be received by September 1, 2013 to qualify for this 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.

Other Information 

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