Qualified residents urged to apply for free city thermostats

March 15, 2011

Residents who qualify for a free city thermostat need to apply now, city officials said in a news release.

Hagerstown Light Department received a $35,000 EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities grant from the Maryland Energy Administration in December to purchase and install programmable thermostats in approximately 100 owner-occupied homes.  

And the deadline to install those thermostats is quickly approaching.

Individuals interested in the program have until May 1 to call 301-790-2600 and apply for a thermostat, the release said.

Because of the time to install each thermostat, the city encouraged residents to call sooner rather than later.

Eligible applicants will be selected on a first-come-first served basis, or until all the grant funds are spent, the release said.

Light Department Engineer Jason Bachtell said in the release that those selected will be contacted to schedule installation.

According to the city, to qualify, individuals must be:

  • A Hagerstown Light Department customer in good standing
  • Own their own home
  • Have a total household income of less than $72,850
  • Have an existing, working, nonprogrammable thermostat
  • Have gas, oil, or electric heat and a central electric cooling system

City Utilities Director Mike Spiker estimated that the city will be able to install 140 thermostats in city homes.

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