The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make their energy costs more affordable. OHEP offers 4 possible grants for energy bill assistance, with information on how to apply found here:
- Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides financial assistance with home heating bills. Payments are made to the fuel supplier and utility company on the customer’s behalf.
- The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) provides financial assistance with electric bills. Eligible customers receive help that pays a portion of their current electric bills.
- Arrearage Retirement Assistance helps customers with large, past due electric and gas bills.
- Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) is designed to protect low-income families from utility turn-offs during the heating season. All MEAP eligible customers may participate in USPP.
Additionally, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers programs that can provide improvements and repairs to homes at no cost.
These improvements can help lower utility bills and make the home more comfortable. DHCD’s energy efficiency and weatherization programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. For more information, call 1-855-583-8976 or visit dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/EnergyEfficiency
More utility bill support services to offset costs can be found here.