Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., May 22
Income revisions expand access to utility discount program
Recent revisions to income guidelines under the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program released yesterday (June 3) could make it easier for many borderline applicants to qualify for a 20 percent discount on utility bills.
Under the old guidelines, which are revised annually, single-person households with an annual income under $22,340 and four-person families with an income of $46,100 or less qualified to apply for the discount. Adjustments to the income guidelines now allow for an individual making $22,980 or less to participate, with an additional $8,040 allowance for each household member.
San Diego Gas & Electric provides an online form customers can complete to apply for the CARE program. Further discounts are available for those using medical equipment that impacts their energy usage. SDG&E says the average participant in the program can expect to save $275 per year in utility bills.
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