The Power Up Program  

Easton Utilities and Habitat Choptank Program Provides $250,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants

Easton Utilities and Habitat for Humanity Choptank have teamed up to help low and moderate-income homeowners improve energy efficiency and lower their monthly utility bills. Funded by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) 2016 EmPower Clean Energy Communities Low to Moderate Income (LMI) grant, the “Power Up Program” initiative will deploy up to $250,000 in cost-effective energy efficiency measures that may include air duct sealing, appliance replacement, insulation, HVAC replacement and window replacement.

"Supporting projects that improve the health and well-being of all Maryland residents while saving energy and money reinforces the MEA mission of promoting affordable, reliable, clean energy," says the MEA. "We are pleased to partner once again with Habitat Choptank and Easton Utilities to build a stronger and more resilient Eastern Shore."

“Often, the people who would benefit most from energy upgrades are least able to afford them,” said Rhodana Fields, project manager for Habitat Choptank. “Partnering to improve energy efficiency is a vital part of creating affordable, sustainable housing in our local communities. Energy efficiency improvements are important to the ongoing mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing.”

Participants in the Power Up Program will receive a home energy audit by a certified auditor who will identify weatherization and HVAC upgrades appropriate for each home. Based on the audit, certified contractors will install the upgrades. The Power Up Program will fund upgrades of up to $7,000 per home for projects not involving a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system replacement and a maximum of $10,000 per home for a project involving an HVAC system replacement. Power Up will fund 100% of the project costs.

To be considered for participation in the program, prospective low to moderate-income homeowners should email Grants@eucmail.com, or call (410) 819-3412 to receive an application.

Low to moderate-income households are defined as those that earn less than 85% of the County median income - see chart below for details. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and projects funded up to the limit of the funds available from the Maryland Energy Administration.


Habitat for Humanity Choptank is a faith based non-profit organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with low income families in Talbot and Dorchester counties. In an effort to broaden the scope and impact of its mission, Habitat Choptank has expanded its program to include weatherization services for other homeowners in the communities where it builds.

Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and communications company dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community by providing reliable, competitively priced utility and communications services through skilled, safety-oriented and customer-focused employees.


M​aximum Household Income to Qualify for the PowerUp Program


Dorchester County

  1-Person Household 2-Person Household 3-Person Household 4-Person Household 5-Person Household 6-Person Household 7-Person Household 8-Person Household
Income Max $40,800​ $46,600 $52,450 $58,200 $62,900 $67,600 $72,250 $76,900


Talbot County

  1-Person Household 2-Person Household 3-Person Household 4-Person Household 5-Person Household 6-Person Household 7-Person Household 8-Person Household
Income Max $44,800​ $51,150 $57,550 $63,900 $69,100 $74,200 $79,300 $84,400

*Source: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/HousingDevelopment/Documents/prhp/2017_MD_Income_Limits.pdf



Should I apply for the Power Up Easton Program?

  • Do you own (name on title) and live in the home?
  • Does your family meet the income requirements listed above?
  • Do you have a current Homeowner’s Insurance policy?
  • Can you provide proof of income via tax returns or proof of no income via benefits or social security
  • Are you unable to afford necessary home improvements, or are otherwise unable to complete them due to age, disability or circumstance?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you may qualify for the Power Up Program.


To be considered for participation in the program, prospective homeowners should email Grants@eucmail.com or call (410) 819-3412 to receive an application.