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Electric and utility bill assistance in South Carolina.

Get information on, and find how to apply, for utility bill assistance programs in South Carolina. Qualified low to moderate income families, seniors over the age of 60, and other people who are facing a hardship may be able to qualify for help with their gas and electric bills. Find emergency financial assistance, payment plans or grant money to help pay utility bills or a deposit in SC to turn the power back on.

Some of the programs are offered by government agencies, including low income energy bill assistance (LIHEAP), free air conditioners for the vulnerable and free weatherization. Many other assistance programs, including payment plans or discounts, are offered by utility companies that operate in South Carolina. There are also charities and non-profits that work with utility providers to help people pay their energy bills.

Get help directly from utility companies in South Carolina

Aiken Electric Cooperative provides emergency help to members of the co-op. The Operation Round Up program may be able to provide help with housing needs, including electric bills assistance and energy efficiency home repairs to those who need it the most. For more information about how Aiken can help, call your local Aiken Electric Cooperative Office. Or dial the following numbers for the main office to discuss payment plans and other options for keep utilities on. Call 1-800-922-1262 or 803-649-6245.

Dominion Energy (formerly South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, has various emergency assistance programs and long term conservation measures for low-income families. The utility administers the Project Share assistance program. Financial help is available for people in extreme health-related cases, and funds can be used to pay summer cooling bills or to fix an air conditioner.

Dominion Energy of SC offers qualified customers other options as well, such as payment plans and energy conservation services. Some of them may even be free to qualified individuals. Call 1-800-251-7234 to apply for help or read more on assistance from South Carolina Electric & Gas Company.




Duke Energy has multiple utility bill assistance programs in SC as well as in the regions they cover. Share the Warmth is an option for helping low-income families keep the gas and heat on during the winter. Grant money will help from fall to spring. There is also the Duke Energy Cooling Assistance program that can help people pay their summer AC and electricity bills. Another program for the summer is Fan-Heat Relief Program, which provides free fans to senior citizens.

The energy company offers other programs too. Payment extensions, partial forgiveness for people facing a medical crisis and there is information on how to reconnect Duke Energy service or enroll into budgeting bills. Call 800-777-9898 or click here for more information on low income energy bill help from Duke Energy.

Fairfield Electric Cooperative provides financial help with bills from Operation RoundUp. The way this program works is that FEC cooperative members join together to help neighbors and others in their community who are struggling or facing a short term hardship. Funds can help address needs of the local community such as shelter, utility costs, Air conditioning repairs or other community services. Call (803) 635-4621 or 803-754-0153

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative works with customers to find an option other than disconnection. A focus is on seniors over the age of 60, the disabled and sick. There are also referrals to charities in the local community who need immediate electric help due to an emergency. Dial customer service at 1-888-813-8000 for information on LIHEAP, payment extensions and other utility relief programs.

Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities provides payment plans for gas bills, assistance with water and other utility relief. The main program they run is known as the Project Good Neighbor. This is a charity type service/program that is funded by employee donations and will offer emergency utility assistance to people facing a shut off. Call 803-268-4050





Palmetto Electric Cooperative provides grant money from Operation Roundup, which is an aid project which donates money to the different charities in the area, provides funds to help pay bills for low-income individuals, and service organizations. Struggling customers can explore other ways to get help as well with customer service, and call the toll free 1-800-922-5551 to apply.

Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, which can be reached at (800) 992-1626, provides emergency grants and funding  to qualified customers. There is also applications to federal government electric relief from LIHEAP, free weatherization information, energy audits and more.

Utility help in South CarolinaPiedmont Natural Gas customers can apply to the Share the Warmth. Funds from this assistance program are used to help with paying any type of heating bill, such as gas, propane, heating oil, electricity, coal, kerosene or even firewood. They also offer year round emergency help to the working poor and people with no money. Click here for more details other Piedmont financial assistance programs for natural gas and conservation measures. Find Piedmont Natural Gas assistance programs.

Santee Cooper Power offers assistance with water as well as electric. They offer customers the Smart Energy Loans program. This will allow households to borrow money to pay for energy conservation updates to their home, such as more efficient air conditioning units, furnaces and more. Any type of other financial help is available as a result of referrals to South Carolina LIHEAP and other government programs. Read more on assistance from Santee Cooper Power.

York Electric Cooperative also runs the Operation RoundUp assistance program and offers payment plans to people behind on their utilities. Funds can help people in need of assistance with shelter, home repairs (including for HVAC), electricity needs and other bills. Call 803-684-4247 or 803-548-4244.

Water bills and shut off protection is available from most companies. South Carolina water utility companies are required by state law to offer their customers payment plans and discount rates. There are also rules and regulations on how to get your water service connected. The state regulates these companies to help ensure families and individuals are treated fairly. Read more on South Carolina water bill assistance programs.

Government assistance in South Carolina for utility, light, and electric bills

Low income energy conservation and financial assistance - Families that meet certain low income government guidelines can apply for assistance from government programs such as weatherization and/or LIHEAP. Thousands of South Carolina residents receive cash grants and financial aid from these resources every year. Read more South Carolina government low income energy bill help.




Free air conditioning units or “cooling” fans may be offered by the government as well. A focus is on senior citizens, retirees, the poor, the sick, and disabled in South Carolina. Too many low income and vulnerable residents in the state struggle with summer heat and humidly, and AC units (or repairs to them) may be an option. Find free air conditioning units near you.

Locate additional SC energy bill help

In addition to the utility company programs above (grant money, payment plans, etc.) the government HUD organization in SC provides resources. They have information on utility bill hardship programs, government grants and regulations that protect consumers from shut offs. The South Carolina Energy office is also available at (803) 737-0800 for referrals.


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