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Low Income Energy Assistance

Energy bills can get out of hand, and sometimes residents fall behind. Thankfully, there are programs to help reduce these high costs and keep the heat and lights on. Many of the programs listed below use the same application, so eligibility for multiple programs can be determined by completing one form. The forms can be obtained online from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, or by calling 311. The office is located at 1301 Piccard Drive, 4th floor, Rockville, MD 20850.


  • Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)

Provides assistance with home heating bills. Payments are made to your utility company on your behalf. Applications can also be filed online at

  • Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)

A state program administered by the Department of Human Resources to assist eligible low-income electricity customers with their electric bills. Assistance is available regardless of whether you are an active customer or you are currently without service. Applications can also be filed online at

  • Utility Service Protection Program (USPP)

Protects low-income families from utility cutoffs and allows MEAP-eligible households to enter into a year-round even monthly payment program with their utility company. An equal monthly payment plan based on the estimated cost of the customer's average annual utility usage minus the MEAP benefit is used to determine the even monthly payments for participation in the USPP.

Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) helps low income households with installation of energy conservation materials in their homes at no charge. These improvements will both reduce a household’s energy use and lower the monthly utility bills, and will also make occupants more comfortable and may improve the air quality and overall health of the family.

Helps to make homes more energy-efficient at no cost to eligible households when funds are available. Both homeowners and renters may be eligible. For renters, the landlord might be required to contribute part of the cost.


The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs also has tips on saving money on your heating bills.