Many Californians are struggling to afford their monthly utility bills while COVID-19 economic hardships persist. Municipal and investor-owned utilities have halted disconnections and established payment deferral plans to help in these times. The Governor has also issued an executive order protecting homes and small businesses from water shutoffs.
- Low-income customers enrolled in CARE could save 30-35 percent on their electric bill, and 20 percent on their gas bill. CARE is available for customers of SoCal Edison, SDG&E and PG&E.
- Qualifying families can be charged a lower rate on electricity usage, resulting in a 12 percent discount.
- Provides free weatherization services (in-home services currently suspended because of COVID-19) for households who meet the CARE income guidelines, so that the household can become more energy efficient.
- Residential customers with special energy needs due to qualifying medical assistance can receive assistance through: 1) A lower rate on the monthly energy bill, and 2) Extra notification in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff
- Federally funded program aiming to provide low-income households with financial assistance and energy efficiency counseling and upgrades.