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Anaheim Utilities assistance programs.

Anaheim Utilities will do what it can to support the struggling, seniors and low income customers. While the scope of the programs available is limited, resources range from government assistance, conservation services, to discount plans and credits. The primary assistance programs are below.

Grants For Energy Efficiency as well as The Residential Rehabilitation Loan Program will assist Anaheim California homeowners with making energy saving and conservation improvements. This is an option during regularly scheduled rehabilitation of existing single-family and multifamily homes. The program may either provide a low interest loan and/or a cash grant that can be used to help pay for these improvements. The funds need to go towards conservation.

The Dusk to Dawn Light Installation will provide for the free installation of fluorescent light fixtures or an energy-efficient high pressure sodium (HPS) system. This is a way for people to save money and it includes the installation of photo sensors that will enable the customers lights to automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn.

Seniors that are income qualified, or disabled customers, may qualify for a credit. While terms and conditions can change, in general Anaheim Utilities will offer up to a 10% reduction on electric bills for long-term disabled or low-income senior customers. They need to meet income limits that are in place. The company fully realizes that some older adults and/or disabled my be presented with their own unique challenges, so this discount can go a long way towards helping with bills.

Helping Hands is a program that is paid for by donations. This can assist those Anaheim Utilities customers that are faced with a crisis pay their bills. It can pay for water, energy, and light bills. Please donate if you can as your contribution will make a difference. This is direct financial aid for paying energy and electric bills.

The federal government low income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) is always an option.  Lower income and working poor Anaheim California residents could qualify to receive cash grants and limited financial assistance to help pay their utility bill, both ongoing and in a crisis. Anyone interested in learning more or applying should call the Community Action Partnership (CAP). They process applications.

 

 

 

 

If you apply and are found to be qualified and approved, Anaheim Public Utilities will work with LIHEAP to make sure you obtain continued electric and water service while the payments are issued by the government. So your service will not be disconnected. Call 714.839.6199 for additional details.

Another federal government funded energy conservation program is Weatherization. While it is usually offered at the same time as LIHEAP above, Anaheim Utilities customers may be able to enroll into this resource. It is also offered in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County and they administrate it.

If you are found to be eligible, then contractors who are organized by the community action agency will replace inefficient appliances, make home repairs, and install other energy saving measures as needed, such as insulation. Anaheim Public Utilities, in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, will assist income-qualified residents in making their homes more energy and even water efficient. All of this is offered at no cost to those who qualify. Weatherization can help homeowners lower their total utility bill expense by up to 30% per year, however the exact savings will vary based on many factors.

Some of the additional weatherization improvements can include additional ceiling and wall insulation, Door repair/replacement, broken-glass window replacement, Showerhead installation, High-efficiency appliance upgrades and free weather-stripping and caulking. To learn more or to apply dial 714.839.6199. Or call the City of Anaheim Housing Authority at 714.765.4320 as they will need to be involved in setting income levels and status.

 

 

By Jon McNamara

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