Home Performance Rebate Program
The Home Performance Rebate program offers homeowners bigger rebates than ever for home energy efficiency improvements. By combining a 35% rebate (up to $3,100 total) from the Maryland Energy Administration with a 15% rebate from your utility, you can save a total of 50% on home energy improvements. MEA encourages all homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes to ENERGY STAR standards.
Update: Nov. 3, 2011
The MEA Rebate Program is CLOSED to new applicants. Maryland homeowners have reserved all $2.68 million in available MEA funding!
If you have already mailed your MEA rebate application, you will be notified by email or letter within two weeks
How to Apply
- Find a contractor on the Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (MD HPwES) list.
- Receive a home energy assessment.
- Hire a contractor from the MD HPwES list.
- Reserve your rebate.
- Download and complete required forms.
Download and complete the required forms listed below. Please note: Forms must be MAILED to the address on the form.
- Maryland Home Performance Rebate Program checklist
- Rebate reservation form — Note: The Home Performance Rebate Program is closed to new applications.
- Walk-through audit form — Note: The Home Performance Rebate Program is closed to new applications.
- Terms and conditions — Updated Aug. 11, 2011
- Attachment A: ARRA addendum – special terms and conditions (January 2011)
- Completion certificate
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still reserve a rebate?
As of Nov. 3, 2011, the MEA MDHPwES Rebate Program is CLOSED to new applicants. Maryland households have reserved all available $2.68M in MEA Rebate funding. Please visit MCECloans.org to learn more about the Maryland Home Energy Loan Program. Additionally, you can visit DSIREUSA.org to learn about other available incentives.
What are the eligible improvements? How much is available for rebates?
|Eligible Improvements||Maximum Rebate|
|Whole-House Air Sealing||35% of improvement cost, $1,500 maximum|
|Attic Insulation||35% of improvement cost, $1,500 maximum|
|Duct Sealing or Replacement or Insulation||35% of improvement cost, $1,500 maximum|
|Wall Insulation||35% of improvement cost, $1,500 maximum|
|Insulation (Crawl Space or Basement)||35% of improvement cost, $1,500 maximum|
|Insulation (Rim Joist)||35% of improvement cost, $1,500 maximum|
Note: To qualify for rebates, the total job cost — including the cost of the audit — must be at least $1000.
Do these rebates cover heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, windows, doors, or appliances?
No. These rebates are specifically reserved for the most cost-effective energy improvements for your home: sealing air leaks and insulating your home’s attic, basement, etc. Please visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) or your utility’s website (see “Additional Information” below) to see if you qualify for any other types of rebates.
How can I ensure my rebate will be accepted?
We’ve outlined that process in the rebate checklist. Follow the steps outlined in this document to reserve your rebate.
How do I select a contractor?
To qualify for rebates, you MUST select a contractor from the Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STAR participating contractor list. Contractors on the list are Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified, and have met insurance, licensing, and good business practice requirements.
As with any home improvement work, you may choose to contact several contractors to inquire about the audit cost and to ask for references.
Does my home qualify? OR I live in a townhouse or row home; am I eligible for the Home Performance rebates?
To be eligible for the Maryland Home Performance Rebate Program, your home must be a single-family, owner-occupied home in Maryland. Your home (unattached, row home or townhouse) must have a separate heating and cooling system and hot water heater. Additionally, your home must have a separate electric and/or gas meter, and you must pay the utility bills. These rebates apply only to existing homes; new home construction is not eligible.
Why do I need a comprehensive energy audit?
The comprehensive home energy audit is the first step toward improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort, while reducing your utility bills. Rather than focus on a single component of your home, such as single-paned windows, your BPI-certified contractor will assess how improvements to your whole house can work together to make your home more comfortable and efficient.
The contractor will test for air leakage using a blower door, and may do an infrared scan of your home. He or she will also conduct combustion-related tests, and will evaluate your home’s insulation, heating and cooling systems, lighting, and appliances. This ENERGY STAR video will tell you what to expect from a home energy audit.
The fee for the comprehensive home energy audit varies by contractor, but the average cost is about $400. If you proceed with the energy efficiency improvements, $100 of the audit cost will be rebated through the Home Performance Rebate program. Additional rebates for audits may be available from your utility.
Can I combine the Home Performance rebates with rebates from my utility? Loan programs? Federal tax credits?
Yes! We strongly encourage you to take advantage of ALL rebates, loans, and tax credits. When you combine the MEA rebate with the utility rebate, you can save up to 50 percent of the cost of certain improvements. Ask your contractor the best options to finance your energy improvements.
Please note: The Maryland Home Performance Rebate Program is separate and distinct from Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs offered by Maryland utilities. Utility programs may have different terms and conditions, efficiency requirements, application forms and processes, and participating contractors.
Expired rebate reservation: What can I do if I don’t get my energy improvements done within the required 120-day window?
You (the homeowner) will need to submit a new Rebate Reservation Form. Write “Renewal” or “Revised” on the top of the form. You do not need to resubmit the Terms & Conditions, Energy Audit, or proposal. This new reservation form can be sent at the same time as the completion documents, in which case the reservation form should be filled out to reflect the actual costs shown on the paid invoice. Ensure that you complete all fields on the form, and that you submit original signatures (no photocopies accepted) on your completion certificate and Rebate Reservation form.
Which rebate documents require my (homeowner) original signature?
Original homeowner signatures are required on the on the following rebate documents:
- Terms & conditions
- Rebate reservation form
- Completion certificate
Note: This is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) requirement.
Can I change to a different contractor once I’ve reserved rebate funding?
Yes, as long as the contractor participates in the Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, and is listed on mdhomeperformance.org.
Can I use more than one contractor? If so, do I need to submit a separate Rebate Reservation Form or separate Completion Certificate for each?
Yes, you may use multiple contractors. All contractors doing eligible energy improvements must be Maryland Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors.
No, you do not need to submit separate forms. However, you will need to submit the itemized proposal/contract from each contractor as part of your Rebate Reservation application. For Completion Certificates, you must submit paid invoices from each contractor used.
What if my actual improvement costs are higher than proposed/reserved? Can I increase my rebate amount?
No, the reserved amount cannot be increased. However, you may submit a new Rebate Reservation Form with a higher amount, along with a new or revised proposal/contract (or paid invoice). Please note “Revised” on the top of the new Rebate Reservation Form. The revised reservation will replace your earlier reservation and reset your rebate expiration date.
What if my actual improvement costs are lower than proposed?
You will need to adjust the rebate amount requested on the Completion Certificate to reflect the actual improvement costs (35% of eligible improvement costs + $100 for the energy audit). Failure to make this adjustment may cause the completion documents to be returned to you, causing delay, and potentially jeopardizing your rebate.
Can I get an extension on my 120-day rebate reservation window?
No. You must complete your energy improvements and submit your Completion Certificate within 120 days of reserving your rebate. However, you can submit a new Rebate Reservation application.
Is rebate funding taxable?
Yes, rebates over $600 are considered taxable income, and recipients will receive a 1099-G from the State of Maryland.
What if my Rebate Reservation application or Completion Certificate was returned to me?
Included with your returned documents is the Denied Rebate/Completion Notification checklist, which indicates the issues with your Rebate Reservation or Completion Certificate. Please carefully review the form, and inspect your Rebate Reservation or Completion Certificate documents to resolve the issues.
To re-submit your returned Rebate Reservation or Completion Certificate (if allowable), provide the missing information or revise the documents, then mail the documents to the address provided. Be sure to include ALL of the documents that were sent back, including the Denied Notification checklist. If you are unable to understand the reason for the denial, contact your Maryland Home Performance contractor.
Please do NOT call MEA staff about your Rebate Application or Completion Certificate. MEA staff does NOT have copies of your returned documents and will not be able to walk you through the issues.
What is meant by “Improvement costs listed on the Rebate Reservation Form are not justified by or are inconsistent with the itemized proposal/contract costs”?
The “Improvement Costs” listed on your Rebate Reservation form do not match the itemized costs on the proposal/contract you submitted with your application.
Improvement costs listed on your Rebate Reservation form must be easily identifiable and mathematically consistent with the itemized costs from your proposal, contract, or invoice. If your Rebate Reservation Form includes costs which do not appear on your proposal/contract, these costs are not justified.
If your Rebate Reservation Form lists costs which are different from the itemized costs listed on the proposal/contract, then the costs from the two documents are inconsistent.
In either case, a new Rebate Reservation form with costs consistent with the proposal/contract will need to be filled out and signed (or a new proposal/contract consistent with your reservation form provided by your contractor).
For more information about utility Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs and incentives, visit:
- Allegheny Power: http://www.alleghenypower.com/EngConserv/MD/WattWatchers/Performance.asp
- BGE: http://www.bgesmartenergy.com/residential/home-performance-energy-star
- Delmarva Power: http://homeenergysavings.delmarva.com/md/home-energy-savings/home-performance-audit
- Pepco: http://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/md/home-energy-savings/home-performance-audit
- SMECO: https://www.smeco.coop/save/performance/index.htm
Maryland Home Energy Loan Program
The Maryland Home Energy Loan Program provides energy improvement loans of up to $20,000 at a 6.99% interest rate through the Maryland Clean Energy Center. For more information about home energy improvement loans available from the Maryland Clean Energy Center, visit MCECloans.org.
Federal Tax Credits
For more information about federal tax credit for energy efficiency measures, visit EnergyStar.gov.
Information for Contractors
Are you a contractor? Get more information at the Contractor FAQ page.