The three primary financial assistance programs offered by SCE&G are Project Share, the federal government funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and weatherization. Now two of those programs are administered directly by community action agencies so people will need to contact them to apply. However SCE&G does partner with those non-profits to provide information on the services to its low income customers.
In addition to those resources listed above, in general SCE&G will do whatever they can to work with qualified or struggling customers to find some type of solution to their energy bill needs. Some of those other services provided by the company include advice, entering a household into payment plans, fee waivers and energy saving seminars.
As indicated, South Carolina's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is paid for by the federal government, but applications are taken by local community action agencies. For more information, residents should contact them. Those locations will also distribute cash and grants to the low income and people who need the money.
Federal government funds are used to help low-income SCE&G customers, including the disabled and senior citizens, with paying their home energy bills. While LIHEAP is offered during the winter, the need is higher especially during the hot South Carolina summers. Cash grants from the program can be used to pay either winter heating bills, or just as importantly summer cooling and air conditioning expenses. An emergency component is also available if someone from SCE&G is faced with a shut off of their service.
There are a number of conditions that need to be met by applicants. In order to be qualified for LIHEAP, families and individuals need to meet the federal government low income and/or poverty standards. Applications are usually only accepted at certain times of the year as well, including during the summer and winter months. However senior citizens that live in South Carolina can apply for help before others. Call your local community action agency to learn more or to apply for assistance.
Project Share is resource that was created by both SCE&G customers and employees, and their generous donations fund it. Assistance is offered for paying for winter heating bills. If someone has a serious medical condition, then some of the Project Share funds can be used to pay for air conditioning and summer cooling bills. Since this service was created in the 1980s, an average roughly 2000 families receive help from this resource every year. If not qualified, then the customer may be enrolled into a payment plan as well, which is often part of the Project Share program.
All donations to Project Share are tax deductible, and all funds go directly to help the needy and are not used to pay for administrative costs. It is a great way to give back to the community, and all donations are accepted by SCE&G as well as the program administrators. No matter how small a donation is, the money goes to paying for electric bills of the less fortunate or people facing an emergency.
Save money on your SCE&G utility bills from Weatherization. The South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity runs this program at the local level, and uses federal funds to pay for it. A key to keeping your energy costs down is to use energy efficiently, and this is even more important when you're on a limited or fixed income.
Weatherization is a free program to income qualified households, and will help clients save money on their home heating and cooling bills. An approved contractor will visit the home of the client, and make the needed improvements to it.
A few hundred homes may benefit from this free weatherization assistance every year. Services offered to SCE&G customers includes replacing windows and doors, caulking, painting, weather-stripping, insulation to floors, ceiling, and windows, and in general anything it takes to make homes more weather tight. To learn more or to apply, contact your local community action agency.
Contact the utility company online or call us toll-free at 1-800-251-7234. They are ready to assist you any way they can, either from the financial assistance programs referenced above, or other means such as payment plans.
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