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June 11, 2013 > PG&E customers eligible for discounts

PG&E customers eligible for discounts

Submitted By Tamar Sarkissian

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today estimated more than 3,900 households in Alameda County and more than 3,600 households in Contra Costa County may be eligible to receive a discount on their monthly energy through the CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) program, but are not yet enrolled.

Every year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adjusts the maximum qualifying household income levels for the CARE program to reflect current federal poverty guidelines. With hot summer temperatures upon us, now is the ideal time for customers to compare their pre-tax, annual household income against the latest eligibility guidelines to determine if they now qualify for discounts on their gas and electric bills.

On average, the CARE program saves income-qualified households $50 per month on their gas and electric bill. PG&E also encourages qualified CARE customers to take advantage of Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA), which provides free solutions like home improvements including compact fluorescent lights, caulking, showerheads, minor home repair and more as well as valuable energy savings tips to help income-qualified households manage their energy use and save money.

More information about PG&E's financial assistance programs can be found at Households can see if they might qualify for CARE or ESA program and complete an application online. Customers may also enroll through the toll-free multi-lingual assistance line at (866) 743-2273.

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