Low Income Water Heater Initiative
Efficiency Maine Low Income Direct Install Water Heater Initiative is funded to help low-income Mainers reduce their electricity costs. Through this initiative, Efficiency Maine coordinates the installation of the following products in eligible homes occupied by residents that participate in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):
- heat pump water heaters
- low flow aerators
- low flow showerheads
- LED light bulbs.
Efficiency Maine hires the installers and pays all costs.
Residents on LIHEAP participant lists provided by MaineHousing or Maine’s Indian tribes.
- Must have electric water heater
- Water heater space must not be intentionally heated, must stay above 35 degrees F, must be open to at least 100 square feet, and must be at least 6 feet tall. This is typically a basement.
- Dwelling types: single family, apartment, condo, and co-owned duplex
- Homeownership types: own, rent, subsidized, rent with heat, and subsidized with heat
- Occupant must directly pay their electric bills (electricity costs cannot be included in rent)
- Efficiency Maine notifies customer of program via website, mailing or other outreach
- Eligible homeowner contacts Efficiency Maine (866-376-2463)
- Efficiency Maine verifies eligibility
- Efficiency Maine assigns a plumber to the job
- Customer signs Customer Agreement
- Plumber replaces existing electric water heater with a heat pump water heater and upgrades any incandescent bulbs, aerators, or showerheads to efficient alternatives as agreed to by homeowner
- Efficiency Maine pays contractor for all material and labor costs
Terms and Conditions
Measures installed through this program are not eligible for any other Efficiency Maine incentives. See Customer Agreement for additional terms and conditions.