Find Help

If you need help finding local energy assistance resources, call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or email (TTY 1-866-367-6228)

The NEAR hotline is maintained by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is not affiliated with the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance.



LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Maryland

LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
175% Federal Poverty Level


LIHEAP FY 2014 Benefit
Heating: $96 minimum, $496 average, $1,881 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served
Heating: 113,787
(Estimate for FY 2013)


LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: July 1 – May 30 (utilities), July 1 – March 31 (bulk fuel)
Crisis: November 1 – March 31


State LIHEAP Resources

Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
Authorized through restructuring legislation, the EUSP includes current electric bill assistance, retirement of certain old bills, and weatherization services. Its funding of $34 million per year continues but is subject to annual review and approval by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and the legislature. Eligibility: electricity customers with incomes at or below 150% FPL. Eligible customers may receive both EUSP and LIHEAP.  Contact 1-800-352-1446, 1-800-925-4434 (TTY) or visit the website.


Universal Service Protection Program (USPP)
Available to LIHEAP recipients, USPP reduces and evens out monthly utility payments by subtracting the amount of the LIHEAP benefit from a customer’s yearly bill and dividing the remainder by twelve months. Those who keep on payment plans are eligible for credits from some utilities (see below).


Transitional Emergency, Medical, and Housing Assistance (TEMHA) 11
Low-income households of adult disabled persons are paid monthly with TEMHA 11 funds, of which $40 is designated to energy assistance. Contact the nearest local Department of Social Services.


Local energy tax dollars are given in a rebate to low-income households in two counties. In St. Mary’s County, a payment of $55 is sent to MEAP households. In Prince George’s County, the MEAP grant is $72 per household.


Maryland Utilities with Low-Income Rate Assistance

The largest utility, Baltimore Gas and Electric, and many smaller utilities offer deposit, reconnect fee and application fee waivers to qualifying customers.


Baltimore Gas and Electric
Customer Assistance Maintenance Program (CAMP): Under the CAMP, customers who participate in the Universal Service Protection Program can qualify to earn monthly bill credits ranging from $7 to $12. The amount of credit is based upon income. Call 410-685-0123 in Baltimore, or 1-800-685-0123 outside Baltimore or visit the website.


Allegheny Power
Call 1-800-255-3443 for information on energy assistance plans.


Residential Aid Discount (RAD): This program offers eligible PEPCO customers who do not have all-electric heating a 63% discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours in summer months (June – October) and a 32% discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours in winter months (November – May). For the typical RAD customer, this translates into a savings of $12 per month in the summer and $6 per month in the winter or $102 per year. For eligible residential customers who have all-electric heating the discount is 38% on the first 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity used in summer months (June – October) and a 51% discount on the first 700 kilowatt-hours in winter months (November – May). For the typical RAD customer, this translates into a savings of $20 a month or $240 a year. Contact the DC Energy Office, 202-673-6750 or Pepco, 202-833-7500


Washington Gas Light Company
Residential Essential Service (RES): MEAP-eligible residents who use natural gas for home heating and who are current on their utility bills may be eligible to receive discounts on a portion of their Washington Gas bills during the winter heating season. The discount could be worth up to $135. For more information, contact the Maryland Department of Human Resources Energy Hotline at 1-800-352-1446.


Maryland Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources

Allegheny Power
Call 1-800-255-3443 for information on energy assistance plans.


Columbia Gas
Low-Income Weatherization ProgramA free program, for customers with low incomes and higher gas usage, that identifies an energy picture of a home and takes action to seal up areas of heat loss. To learn more about the LIW Program or start the application process, call the Allegany County’s Energy Assistance Program at 301-777-8550 if you reside in Allegany County. If you reside in Washington County, call Maryland Energy conservation Services, Inc. at 301-797-3822. If you are unable to reach the LIW office, call 1-800-537-7431.


Baltimore Gas and Electric
Income Limited Energy Efficiency Program: Qualifying households become eligible for installation of energy-saving measures following a comprehensive home energy audit performed by an energy advisor who is a certified building science professional. If you qualify, this audit and any follow-up improvements are included in your current BGE service at no additional cost. Improvements may include:

  • Insulation
  • Windows and exterior door repair
  • Gas furnace and boiler repairs or replacements for natural gas customers
  • Heat pump and central air conditioning tune-up, repair, or replacement
  • High-efficiency lighting
  • Major appliance replacement (refrigerators, clothes washers, room air conditioners)


  • BGE electric customer
  • Owner of a single-family home, townhouse, row house, or mobile home that’s your primary residence
  • Currently receiving energy assistance – Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) and/or Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)

If you already receive MEAP or EUSP assistance, then you may schedule an appointment for your comprehensive home energy audit by calling 877-685-7377. If you do not currently receive MEAP or EUSP assistance, you must first apply for energy assistance through MEAP or EUSP. Contact your local agency to apply.


State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


State LIHEAP Contacts

Public Inquiries: 1-800-352-1446, TTY 1-800-925-4434

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
List of Contacts

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts

Maryland Delegation

District 1 – Andy Harris (R)
District 2 – A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
District 3 – John Sarbanes (D)
District 4 – Donna Edwards (D)
District 5 – Steny Hoyer (D)
District 6 – John Delaney (D)
District 7 – Elijah Cummings (D)
District 8 – Chris Van Hollen Jr. (D)
Barbara Mikulski (D)
Benjamin Cardin (D)

Maryland State Plan

2014 detailed State Plan


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