Programs are available in Georgia that can help the low to moderate income with paying their utility and energy bills. Services are also made available to help people save on their utility bills by installing energy conserving measures, including weatherization and other updates.
Many of the utility assistance programs are offered by non-profit organizations, charities, and the energy companies themselves. Qualified individuals can receive access to financial assistance and cash grants that can help them get back on track with paying their bills.
The Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT) – This is offered to all families and individuals throughout Georgia. The HEAT energy assistance program is currently being administered by the Georgia Department of Human Resources statewide through Community Action Agencies as well as the Salvation Army. Phone number 678-406-0212, or click here details.
Georgia statewide energy bill assistance program – A law that is known as The regulated natural gas provider program, which is provided by SCANA Energy and that is also partially funded by the state’s universal service fund, provides natural gas service and financial assistance to low to moderate income families and households and to consumers who are unable to obtain or keep up with the bills for their natural gas service. Those Georgia households that are currently meeting the low income requirements that have been established by the Georgia Department of Human Resources will be able to qualify for a reduced security deposit, special rates on their monthly utility and energy bills and a lower customer service fee.
To sign up for this discount program, customers need to contact the community action agency serving their town or county. Also keep in mind that if you do not qualify, the customer may still be able to qualify for service with the Regulated Provider. Call 1-866-245-7742 for complete details on this program and options available to you.
Georgia fee waiver program - The Public Utility Commission (PUC) has put into place a regulation and they mandate that it is followed. What it does is it ensures that major electric and gas utilities that operate in Georgia waive their monthly service charge and fees for customers over age 65, who own their homes, and who also earn less than $12,000 per year. Call your utility company and refer to this waiver.
Atlanta Gas Light – An assistance program known as Home and Heartwarming Program may be able to provide weatherization services, energy conserving measures and natural gas equipment replacement or repair for qualified low-income households and senior citizens. Call your local community action agency, or Atlanta Gas Light, to apply or get more information.
Atlanta Gas Light – They have a program in place for senior citizens, and this particular program may be able to help those people and families that are 65 years of age or older and have a total annual combined household income of $14,355 or less. People who meet these conditions are eligible for up to a $14 monthly discount on their Atlanta Gas Light Company monthly bill, and specifically the base charge. Call 1-800-869-1150 to learn more or to apply. Find more assistance programs from Atlanta Gas Light.
Atmos Energy – A program known as Sharing the Warmth may be able to help people pay their gas, cooling and energy bills. All funds go to people who have a critical need. Call Atmos or the Salvation Army.
Carroll Electric Membership Corporation – They also offer customers a Senior Citizens Discount on their bills. This option is for customers who are over the age of 62, and these individuals may receive a discount of $2.50 per month on their energy bill. 770-832-3552
Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation – They offer customer’s access to Operation Round-Up. The program is funded by donations and members of the coop who contribute to assistance fund which is awarded to various individuals and organizations in need. It may be possible to use grants for a variety of expenses. Call 770-502-0226.
Gas South offers its senior citizen customers, who are aged 65 and older, various senior discount rates and savings. The services offered will provide them with a discount on their natural gas consumption charges. Senior and elderly customers may also be eligible for discounted customer services charges and up to a $14.00 monthly discount on their Atlanta Gas Light base charges. Call 1-877-332-5442
Gas South has several other assistance programs in place for the unemployed and qualified low income customers. They range from federal government energy assistance programs such as LIHEAP to payment plans. Customer service representatives from Gas South are committed to working with families, seniors, and the low income across Georgia. More on financial assistance from Gas South.
Georgia Natural Gas – As with most other utility companies that operate in the state, they provide aid for customers who are 65 years of age or older and who have an annual combined gross income per household of $12,000 or less. People who meet these qualifications are eligible for a $14.00 monthly discount on their monthly base utility charge and bill. Call 1-877-850-6200 or 770-850-6200.
Georgia Natural Gas - Qualified low income families can apply for other forms of financial aid and conservation. The company also works closely with agencies such as the Salvation Army and United Way to provide help to the needy. Continue assistance from Georgia Natural Gas.
Georgia Power – This energy company will also partially waive the monthly base charge ($10.50 for gas and $14.00 for electric bills) is waived for customers in which their total household income is not more than $12,000 annually and who are at least 65 years old. Call 1-888-660-5890
In addition to the discount above, Georgia Power also provide additional forms of financial assistance, credits, and payment plans. Find more information on the programs available. Read more.
Government assistance - The federal government and their LIHEAP block grants fund the low income energy assistance program in Georgia. Another service is the energy conservation program known as weatherization. These are the two primary financial assistance programs that are offered by the state. Additional details.
Habersham Electric Membership Corporation – Customers that need financial assistance should contact a local community action agency to apply for state of Georgia or federal resources, such as LIHEAP. The company also offers the possibility of budget billing as well as payment plans to certain qualified households.
If you can’t find your utility company listed here or just want to explore other options, click here for additional cooling and utility bill grants and programs.
Project SHARE – This is yet another Georgia statewide assistance program that is currently being funded by electric utility customers. The program is administered by The Salvation Army, and it may be able to provide emergency financial assistance and grants to struggling individuals. Call 404-873-3101 (metro Atlanta) or 1-800-257-4273 if outside the city of Atlanta.
SCANA Energy – Financial assistance is offered for those customers who are 65 years of age or older and who have an annual combined gross income per household of $12,000 or less. People who meet these conditions are eligible for a $14.00 monthly discount on their AGL base charge and/or cooling and utility bill. Call 1-877-467-2262 for more details. Or locate additional programs. Read more assistance from SCANA.
Snapping Shoals EMC – The Senior Citizen-Low Income Assistance program is a program that offers a senior-citizen/low-income discount, and the aid is made available to qualifying members of Snapping Shoals EMC. There are conditions that need to be met in order to qualify, and in order to qualify the customer must be at least 65 years of age and the applicants total household income may not be more than $20,000 a year. The discount on the energy bill, which is $7.50 per month, will be applied to the customer’s account.
Snapping Shoals EMC, which can be reached at 770-385-2737, also runs Operation Roundup. Their version of the program can provide assistance and/or grants for families and individuals who are facing serious short-term emergency or long-term hardships.