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Washington DC utility and heating bill assistance programs.

Families and individuals in Washington DC may be able to get help for paying their utility, heating, and gas bills. The utility companies that service the area offer low income, the elderly, and others who may be struggling with financial assistance and cash grants. Continue reading below to find where to go for help for paying your energy bills in Washington DC. You can find how to call to apply, and get information on the various services and options that are available to customers.

Also please note that if you energy provider is not listed, you still have other options for assistance. For example, learn about the emergency LIHEAP program as well as options such as free heating oil and other programs.

PEPCO offers its customers the Residential Aid Discount (RAD). This energy bill assistance program offers eligible low to moderate income PEPCO customers who do not use all-electric heating help in the form of a 63% discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours used during the summer months which is classified as June - October. In addition they also provide a 32% discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours that are used during the cold winter months, which is classified as November – May of each and every year. For the typical RAD qualified customer this program will basically amount into a savings of $12 per month in the summer on their cooling bills and around $6 per month during the winter on their heating bills or a total of $102 per year.  To learn more dial the DC Energy Office at 202-673-6750 or Pepco at 202-833-7500.

PEPCO - The Residential Aid Discount (RAD) program can also help people who use electric utilities as well. For qualified Mississippi residential customers who have all-electric heating for their homes or apartment the discount provided will be 38% on the first 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity used in summer months (June - October) and a 51% discount on the first 700 kilowatt-hours in winter months (November - May). For the typical RAD customer who use electric to heat and cool their homes this translates into a savings on their energy bills of $20 a month or $240 a year. Washington DC customers can call Pepco at 202-833-7500 or DC Energy Office, 202-673-6750.

Federal Government grants - The main primary resources are LIHEAP, which provides heating bill assistance, and weatherization, which offers free energy conservation services. Both of these programs can help low income Washington DC families pay their utility and energy bills, with a focus on seniors and families with young children. Click here for more information.





Washington Gas Company – An emergency charity program for low income people is the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF). The program, which is known as WAFF, is operated by the Salvation Army and it will aid customers who need financial assistance paying their home heating bills. Funds from the WAFF are available to qualified people from January 1 through May 31. To apply for help, contact your local Salvation Army or community action agency, or you can dial 202-332-5000 or 202-561-2000.

Washington Gas Company – The program they administer is the Residential Essential Service (RES). This utility assistance program offers low income and other customers a discounted gas rates to help them save on their bills. The amount of total savings provided will be based on the applicant’s household size and total income level. The assistance is offered during the winter months from November through April of each year. There are three classifications to RES, and they include Class C, who people  may receive a total discount up to $142.02, Class B clients can receive up to $151.03 and Class A customers can receive up to $189.08 as savings on their bills. Call the DC Energy Office at 202-673-6750 to apply for aid or learn more about the assistance programs offered.

Water and sewer bills - Several different payment and discount plans are provided to low income customers in Washington DC. The primary goal is to help people pay their water and sewer bills in an emergency situation. The payment plan may allow a delinquent bill to be paid in installments over time, and a disconnection of your service will be postponed if not canceled. Find more Washington DC water assistance programs.




By Jon McNamara











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