There are a number of programs that can help you save money, obtain financial assistance and save energy. If you are experiencing financial hardship, we encourage you to review the resources below to find which one best suits your needs.

Energy Savings Assistance Program 

Depending on your income level, renters and homeowners may be eligible to participate in the Energy Savings Assistance Program, which provides no-cost weatherization services, installation and energy-efficient appliances.

Who can qualify?

To take advantage of the program, you must meet the same income eligibility guidelines as the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program.

Basic criteria for enrollment:

• Be a renter or homeowner receiving electric service from a California utility through a residential meter

• Meet your utility’s installation requirements

• Meet the income qualifications in the chart below

Household Size

Income Eligibility Upper Limit*

1

$32,040

2

$32,040

3

$40,320

4

$48,600

5

$56,880

6

$65,160

7

$73,460

8

 $81,780

Each Additional Person

 $8,320

*Income limits are effective June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017.

Qualified participants in the program may be eligible for upgraded appliance replacement and installation for products like:

• Energy-saving furnaces

• Water heaters

Additional home energy improvement services may also be available at no cost, such as:

• Attic insulation installation -

• Low-flow showerhead installation

• Faucet aerators

• Caulking and weather stripping

• Water heater blankets

• Evaporative cooler vent covers

• Minor repairs to exterior doors and windows

Upon completion of the services provided, an inspection of your home may be performed to ensure the work has been properly completed.

Additional Programs:

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of homes owned or rented by those who income-qualified persons. WAP and the Energy Savings Assistance Program can work side-by-side or individually to help income-qualified renters and owners reduce their total residential expenditures such as heating and cooling bills, and improve the health and safety of their families. Visit the California Department of Community Services & Development website to learn more.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The California Department of Community Services and Development’s LIHEAP program provides assistance to eligible low-income households to manage and meet their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs. Visit the California Department of Community Services & Development website to learn more.

Medical Baseline

Medical baseline is a program that provides lower energy rates if you or someone who lives in your home full-time requires life support medical equipment, have life threatening illnesses or compromised immune systems. Visit the California Public Utilities Commission website to learn more.

Discounted Rates for Income-Qualified Californians

The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program offers a monthly discount of 30-35 percent on electric bills and 20 percent on natural gas bills for income-qualified households and housing facilities. Qualifications are based on the number of people living in your household and your total annual household income. If you don’t qualify for the CARE program, you could be eligible for the Family Electric Rate Assistance program (FERA). This plan offers a discounted rate on your monthly bill for families of three or more if your income is within the guidelines. Visit the California Public Utilities Commission website to learn more.

To find out if you qualify, click on your utility provider:

Please check California Public Utilities Consumer Information website for more information about the Energy Savings Assistance Program.

CPUC Energy Savings Assistance Program