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Be SMART Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

"September 1, 2013 is the deadline for the Be SMART Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (See Be SMART Program Notification #2 )"

The Be SMART Home Rebate Program offers up to $4250 in incentives to Maryland homeowners to offset the cost of qualified energy efficiency improvements and products. A comprehensive home energy audit is required to participate in the Be SMART Home Rebate Program. Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, rebates are available on a first come, first served basis to eligible homeowners of single family homes, and town homes in Maryland.

Who is eligible to apply?

The rebate program is available to Maryland homeowners within the following utility service territories:

  • Berlin Municipal Electric Plant
  • Easton Utilities Commission
  • City of Hagerstown Light Department
  • Thurmont Municipal Light Company
  • Williamsport Municipal Electric Light System
  • A&N Electric Cooperative
  • Choptank Electric Cooperative
  • Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative

The rebates are also available to homeowners with oil and gas heating systems who are NOT eligible for EmPOWER Maryland incentives offered by the following utility companies: BGE, Delmarva Power, PEPCO, Potomac Edison and SMECO.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What kind of energy efficiency improvements and products are eligible for a rebate?

Eligible Measures Incentives
Home Energy Audit Comprehensive energy assessment $100 paid to contractor by homeowner
$300 paid to contractor by Be SMART
Building Envelope Improvements Examples include, but are not limited to:
Air Sealing, Attic Insulation, Wall Insulation, Floor Insulation, Rim Joist Air Sealing and Insulation
50% of improvement costs, $2000 maximum
Rebate to homeowner
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
*All equipment must be ENERGY STAR rated
*Only one heating system and one cooling system rebate will be provided per household
Heat pump $500 Rebate to homeowner
Ductless mini-split heat pump $300 Rebate to homeowner
Oil, gas or propane furnace $500 Rebate to homeowner
Central air conditioning $500 Rebate to homeowner
Ductless mini-split A/C $300 Rebate to homeowner
Room air conditioner $25 Rebate to homeowner
Dehumidifier $25 Rebate to homeowner
Duct Sealing $250 Rebate to homeowner
Water Heating
*All equipment must be ENERGY STAR rated
Electric hot water heater $25 Rebate to homeowner
Heat Pump Hot Water Heater $350 Rebate to homeowner
Tankless Hot Water Heater $350 Rebate to homeowner
Appliances
*All equipment must be ENERGY STAR rated

Boilers (Gas, propane, or oil)

ENERGY STAR qualified boilers have annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of 85% or greater. AFUE is the measure of heating equipment efficiency.
Refrigerators $150 Rebate to homeowner
Freezers $75 Rebate to homeowner
> Clothes washers $100 Rebate to homeowner
Boilers with ≥85% AFUE Rating $500 Rebate to homeowner
Boilers with ≥90% AFUE Rating $1000 Rebate to homeowner
Boilers with ≥95% AFUE Rating $1,750 Rebate to homeowner
Combo: Boiler with indirect Companion Tank $250 additional rebate if coupled with indirect companion tank.

What is the process to receive a Be SMART Home rebate?

  1. Get a home energy audit

    If you own a single family home or townhouse, your comprehensive home energy audit must be conducted by a Be SMART Home Complete contractor . If you had an audit done within a year of the rebate request you may submit the audit for review and approval by the Be SMART Program.

  2. Reserve Rebate

    Submit the following documents to reserve your rebate:

  3. Receive notification of rebate reservation

    Within 3-5 business days the homeowner and contractor will receive a notification from the Be SMART Program that your application is approved and the rebate funds have been reserved. (Funds are reserved for 120 days).

  4. Install energy efficiency measures

    A Be SMART Home Complete contractor performs the energy efficiency improvements.

What other sources of funding are available?

The Be SMART Home Program offers low interest unsecured loans up to $15,000 to help you finance your energy efficiency improvements. Go to www.mdhousing.org/besmart or call 855-876-5717 for more information.

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