Maintaining an energy-efficient home can keep your family comfortable and save you money over time, but improvements may be costly to implement. Renters and homeowners may qualify for assistance programs like the ones below or for a financing program, which provide financial (financial or lending) assistance and discounts.
Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA)
Providing no-cost weatherization services, installation and energy-efficient appliances, the Energy Savings Assistance Program is available to eligible renters and homeowners.
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 tolearn more.
Income-qualified households participating in the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program are eligible for a discount on upgraded appliance replacement and installation.
Qualifying for FERA Based on Household Income
FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance) Program is available to households of three or more persons with total household annual gross income levels between 200% and 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The household that qualify, will receive a 12% line item discount.. Following are the income limits in effect from June1, 2017 to May 31, 2018:
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is to increase the energy efficiency of homes owned or rented by 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 energy expenditures such as heating and cooling bills, and improve the health and safety of their families.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.Learn more
Medical Baseline is a program that provides an increase in allowance based on certain qualifying medical conditions. Eligible residential customers may receive a “standard” Medical Baseline quantity of approximately 500 kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity and/or
25 therms of gas per month, in addition to regular Baseline quantities.
If you, or someone who lives in your home full-time, requires life-support medical equipment, or has a life-threatening illness or compromised immune system.Learn more
Energy Efficiency Financing Programs
The California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (CHEEF) is a public-private partnership among state agencies, utilities, lenders, contractors, and borrowers. The program is the result of the state's decision to increase the availability of favorable financing to consumers for energy-efficiency investments. One such option is the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) program.
The Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program was developed by the state to help California reach its aggressive clean-energy goals and reduce climate pollution. The program allows lenders to offer attractive financing to Californians who wish to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes.
The REEL program is available to customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E®), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E®), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®).
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