Government and private resources are available to lower income Salt River Project customers. The programs can either help them pay their bills to avoid a disconnection or possibly save money on their utility expenses. The company will explore various options with qualified customers, including resources such as SHARE, weatherization, or federal government energy assistance programs.
The SHARE program is a year round resource. It can help people pay their cooling bills during the summer months or heating bills during the winter. During those seasons many people face escalating costs and they can present a challenge to pay.
SHARE, which is contributed to by Salt River Project, is offered to customers and was formed in partnership with the Salvation Army, several other state utilities, generous customers, local businesses and others. It can provide emergency financial assistance to those in need of help in a crisis. SHARE is formally known as Service to Help Arizonans with Relief on Energy and thousands of people benefit from it each and every year.
The program relies heavily on donations from the community too. For example, by adding just one extra dollar to your bills each month, your donation will go towards helping someone less fortunate in the community pay their utility bills. Your contribution, no matter how small (or large) will help make a big difference in the life of someone who is struggling. Much of the money goes to seniors, low income families with children, and just people who are faced with a crisis that was not of their doing.
All assistance paid out will be in the form of a one time grant. This emergency assistance is given to Salt River Project customers who, due to some form of crisis situation, is unable to pay their basic household utility bills. They also need to have applied for and used all other potential sources of private and government aid, such as LIHEAP. Any assistance offered by the program is limited to one grant a year at most, and this is not a welfare or charity program.
The Salvation Army in Arizona disburse these funds. Neither SRP nor The Salvation Army deducts any administrative costs from donations provided from people in the community. Anything you donate will also be tax deductible. You can donate online, by calling Salt River, or use your monthly bill to contribute.
An Economy Price Plan may be offered to certain customers. This may enable those customers who live on a limited income the ability to save money. It may reduce up to $17 off their monthly SRP charges. Dial 800-258-4777.
Other government assistance programs are offered too. These tend to be for very low income families.
One conservation resource is the Weatherization Assistance Program. This is federal government funded and it can assist low-income families and households in Salt River Project service territory save money. It will do this by improving energy efficiency. Another benefit is that it will assist with energy-related health and safety issues in the home of the client.
The Arizona Community Action Association runs the program across the state. Low-income homeowners can apply to their local agency. In addition to the government funding, SRP also provides up to $6,000 per eligible household for energy-efficiency home improvements on top of weatherization.
Homeowners may qualify for Insulation, Window shading, Air conditioner duct seals, Low-flow showerheads, or Faucet aerators. Some homes may also have ENERGY STAR-labeled compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs installed and weatherization may also pay for space heating and cooling system equipment tune-ups.
Medical Life Support Discount is another service from Salt River Project. Anyone who needs life-sustaining equipment may qualify for a discount on their monthly bills. The patients, their household, and family may receive a reduction in their monthly bills. Call 1-800-258-4777 for an application or details.
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