2016 Power Saver Retrofits - Apply Now

Linda Ducket and Matt McDaniel with Heat Pump Water Heater

As of August 1, 2016, PSR applications are being accepted for the Waiting List only.  

CLICK HERE to download an application or contact Lisa Orr (301.600.6864) and ask for an application be mailed to you.

Instructions included in application and applications are approved on a first-come, first served basis

The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources has been awarded a 2016  grant from the Maryland Energy Administration's EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities program. This grant will allow us to implement our 2016 Power Saver Retrofits (PSR) program which provides energy saving home improvements to moderate- and low-income households. There is no cost to the homeowner to participate in this program. 

Through Power Saver Retrofits, approximately 140 eligible homeowners will receive a comprehensive Home Performance with Energy Star audit and up to $5,000 in energy efficiency improvements for their home. If the audit determines that a home's heating and cooling system (HVAC) needs to be replaced, a total of $8,000 is available for both efficiency improvements and HVAC replacement. 

 Allowable energy saving home improvements include, but are not limited to:
  • Air sealing and insulation
  • Duct sealing and insulation
  • Energy efficient lighting upgrades
  • Appliance upgrades to Energy Star models
  • Hot water heater replacements with energy efficient heat pump water heaters 
  • Heating and cooling system tune-ups or upgrades to Energy Star models
In addition, up to $1,000 can be spent on necessary repairs to correct health and safety issues.

The following are NOT eligible projects through PSR:
  • Stove/range/oven upgrades
  • Window replacements (unless qualify as a health and safety repair)
  • Replacement of a stand-along furnace or air conditioning unit, without other energy efficiency measures


  • You must be a Frederick County homeowner. Rental property owners are not eligible.
  • You must be a registered participant in Frederick County's Green Homes Challenge. Get started!
  • The gross household income of homeowners must be less than 85% of median income for Frederick County based on family size. If your total gross annual income is less that the incomes listed below for your household size, you will be eligible. See table below.
  • Previous participants in the 2013, 2014, or 2015 Power Saver Retrofits programs are not eligible (unless invited back due to special circumstances).
  • Additional eligibility information may be posted once the grant agreement is finalized. 
Gross Income Limits by Household Size

1-Person Household 2-Person Household
3-Person Household
4-Person Household
5-Person Household
6-Person Household
7-Person Household
8-Person Household
$65,000 $73,300 $83,550 $92,800 $100,300 $107,700 $115,200 $122,550

Contact Information

Lisa Orr
PSR Coordinator
Ph: 301.600.6864

If you do not meet these income requirements but are interested in getting an energy audit and reducing the cost of retrofits through rebates, check out the Potomac Edison Home Performance with Energy Star program.

Power Saver Retrofits is funded by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).
Funding comes from MEA's Strategic Energy Investment Fund. No tax dollars are used to fund this program.
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