FERA & CARE Discounted Rates (2023)

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SCE understands that many customers continue to struggle financially, and that sometimes other expenses must come first. Our Family Electric Rate Assistance(FERA) and California Alternate Rates for Energy(CARE) financial assistance programs help qualifying families of all sizes lower their monthly energy bills when they need it most.

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Learn About FERA and CARE

Both FERA and CARE provide significant discounts to customers who qualify for bill assistance based on their household size and income. A single application takes two minutes to complete. No additional documentation is required.

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Qualifying families and households of three or more receive an 18% discount on their electric bills.

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Qualifying individuals and households of two or more receive up to 30% off their electric bills. Learn more or apply by phone at1-800-447-6620.

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You may qualify for either FERA or CARE based on the size of your household and the total current income of all persons living in your house, condo, apartment, or mobile home.

1. Household Size and Income

Effective June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023 income limits are as follows:

Household SizeFERA Income Eligibility Lower and Upper Limits*CARE Income Eligibility Upper Limit**
1-2Not eligible$36,620
3$46,061 - $57,575$46,060
4$55,501 - $69,375$55,500
5$64,941 - $81,175$64,940
6$74,381 - $92,975$74,380
7$83,821 - $104,775$83,820
8$93,261 - $116,575$93,260
Each Additional Person$9,440- $11,800$9,440
*Fera Lower Limit Calculation = 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (CARE) + $1
Fera Upper Limit Calculation = 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

**CARE Upper Limit Calculation = 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

1 to 2 Persons in Household
FERA*: Not Eligible
CARE**: $36,620
3 Persons in Household
FERA*: $46,061 - $57,575
CARE**: $46,060
4 Persons in Household
FERA*: $55,501 - $69,375
CARE**: $55,500
5 Persons in Household
FERA*: $64,941 - $81,175
CARE**: $64,940
6 Persons in Household
FERA*: $74,381 - $92,975
CARE**: $74,380
7 Persons in Household
FERA*: $83,821 - $104,775
CARE**: $83,820
8 Persons in Household
FERA*: $93,261 - $116,575
CARE**: $93,260
Each additional person
FERA*: $9,440- $11,800
CARE**: $9,440
*Fera Lower Limit Calculation = 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (CARE) + $1
Fera Upper Limit Calculation = 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

**CARE Upper Limit Calculation = 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

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2. Public Assistance Programs

Additionally, you may qualify for CARE if you or someone in your home participates in at least one of the following public assistance programs:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • CalFresh/SNAP (food stamps)
  • CalWorks (TANF)/Tribal TANF
  • Head Start Income Eligible (tribal only)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medi-Cal/Medicaid
  • Medi-Cal for Families (Healthy Families A&B)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

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How to Apply

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Apply Online

Applying is quick and easy. No additional documentation is required.

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Applying Online – Please Read

Input your name exactly as it appears on your bill, e.g., if the name on the bill is “Doe, John X,” enter the first name as John X, with no period. Enter the last name as Doe.

To track your application, be sure it includes your email address. We will email you to confirm receipt of your application and include a tracking number. If you don’t have an email address, please note the tracking number included in the Thank You notice that immediately follows the successful submission of your application.

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Mail-In Application

Download an application, print, and mail it to us.

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M-F 7 am - 7 pm PST
Sat 8 am - 5 pm PST

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Applying is quick and easy. No additional documentation is required.

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Applying Online – Please Read

Input your name exactly as it appears on your bill, e.g., if the name on the bill is “Doe, John X,” enter the first name as John X, with no period. Enter the last name as Doe.

To track your application, be sure it includes your email address. We will email you to confirm receipt of your application and include a tracking number. If you don’t have an email address, please note the tracking number included in the Thank You notice that immediately follows the successful submission of your application.

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Mail-In Application

Download an application, print, and mail it to us.

Large Print Application

Standard Print Application

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Call Us

Customer support

M-F 7 am - 7 pm PST
Sat 8 am - 5 pm PST

Call 1-800-447-6620

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Recertify

CARE and FERA participants must re-enroll every two years. If you received a recertification notice in the mail, it’s time to re-enroll.

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Post-Enrollment Verification

CARE and FERA program participants may be asked to verify their eligibility.

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Additional Economic Assistance

Our commitment to meeting your needs continues with additional bill-pay and financial assistance programs.

Arrearage Management Plan (AMP)

Customers enrolled in CARE or FERA with past-due bills at least 90 days old totaling $500 or more, and who has been a customer of SCE for at least six months and made an on-time payment within the last 24 months, maybe forgiven one-twelfth (1/12) of their eligible past-due amounts in exchange for on-time payment of the current monthly bill.

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Medical Baseline Allowance Program

Users of electrically powered medical equipment may qualify for an additional 16.5 kilowatt-hours per day at the lowest baseline rate to help offset the cost of operating the medical equipment.

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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LIHEAP provides additional federally funded assistance for home energy costs.

Energy Assistance Fund (EAF)

Qualifying customers can receive one-time monetary assistance with their energy bill. We work with over 80 community-based organizations to make applying easy and accessible.

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SCE helps lower energy costs for income-qualified customers.

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Submetered Tenants

Rate discounts are available for qualified tenants billed for energy usage through their landlords in apartment buildings, mobile-home parks, residential RV parks, or marinas.

Apply as a Sub Metered Tenant

CA Lifeline Program

CARE recipients may qualify to lower the cost of their phone bills through the California Lifeline Program offering discounted home phone or cell phone services to eligible households.

Call 1-866-272-0349 (English), or

1-866-272-0350 (Spanish)

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Solar

Qualified homeowners residing in a disadvantaged community (DAC) and considering solar may qualify for a free solar power system from our partner, GRID Alternatives.

Capitation Fee Program

If your organization dedicates resources to enrolling individuals and families in these programs, you could be entitled to acapitation fee to help offset your expenses.

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Nonprofit Group Living Facility

The CARE program offers a monthly discount on energy bills for qualifying nonprofit group-living facilities. Learn if your tax-exempt group-living facility qualifies.

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Low-Cost Internet and Computers

You may be eligible for discounts up to $30 per month for fast home Internet service, and up to $100 for a computer or tablet.

Learn More or call (866) 519-8655

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FAQs

Which is better care or Fera? ›

CARE has lower income guidelines than FERA. If you submit an application for CARE and don't qualify under the income guidelines, we automatically evaluate you for FERA. The CARE Program offers a 35 percent discount (approximately) for electric rates and a 20 percent discount for gas rates.

What is a Fera discount? ›

The Family Electric Rate Assistance Program offers an 18% discount on your electricity bill if your household income slightly exceeds the CARE allowances.

Why is my Edison bill so high 2022? ›

It's more likely that your utility is charging you more per kilowatt hour for that extra energy beyond your typical base rate. If your typical electricity usage is 900 kWh per month, and your average cents per kWh is $0.15, you would pay something around $135 per month.

How much is the average electric bill in California? ›

On average, electricity users in California spend about $215 per month on electricity. That adds up to $2,580 per year. That's 9% higher than the national average electric bill of $2,376.

How can I lower my Edison bill? ›

Plug home electronics into power strips and turn off power strips when equipment is not in use. Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use. Give your dryer a break and hang-dry your clothes. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and to 85 degrees or “off” when you are away.

Can you opt out of FERA? ›

You can cancel enrollment in the CARE/FERA Program and opt out of future CARE/FERA communications in several easy ways. Option 1: Cancel your enrollment using our easy online form. Visit our CARE/FERA Programs – Cancel Enrollment and Opt Out Future Communications page.

How to apply for gas and electricity discount? ›

You don't need to apply – if you're eligible, you'll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. For more information about the one-off cost of living payment, and how much you might get, visit the government's website.

How much does PG&E Care Program save? ›

YOU QUALIFY FOR THE CARE PROGRAM

Your household is eligible to receive a discount of at least 20% per month on your energy bill.

Does PG&E verify income? ›

While we don't require proof of income when you apply, at any time you may be selected to participate in the Post-Enrollment Verification process. At this time, you will be asked to provide income verification to continue receiving the monthly discount.

What is considered low income in California 2022? ›

Another notable change to the 2022 income limits is the addition of the "Acutely Low Income," category, which corresponds to 15 percent of the countywide area median income level. That translates to a four-person household earning up to $14,750 per year in Los Angeles County or $17,850 in Orange County.

Does PG&E offer senior discounts? ›

We do not offer a senior discount; however, we do offer discounts for certain medical needs through our Medical Baseline program. Depending on your income, we also offer a variety of income based programs you may be eligible for such as a the CARE discount or bill assistance.

Why has my energy bill tripled? ›

Why are energy bills rising? The price rise has been caused by an increase in wholesale gas prices (the amount that energy firms pay), which have seen a steep rise since October 2021.

What state has the highest electric bill? ›

The January 2023 Report uses the U.S. Energy Information Administration's data from October to show that Utah residents paid the lowest electricity bills in the country on average. On the other side, Hawaii residents paid the highest electricity bills of any state.

What state has the highest utility bills? ›

Hawaii, Connecticut and Alabama had the highest average monthly utility costs across different states in the United States in 2022. Residents paid about 163 U.S. dollars on their electricity bills in Hawaii, while the average monthly bill for natural gas came to 237 U.S. dollars.

How much does it cost to live comfortably in California? ›

A living wage for a single person in California with no children is $21.82 per hour or $45,385 per year, assuming a 40-hour workweek. Whether that salary is livable for someone can depend on where they live in California and how they typically spend their money.

How do I deal with a high electric bill? ›

If so, you should get in touch with your supplier to submit a meter reading. You can then ask for a new bill to be generated based on actual usage. You do not need to pay an estimated bill. As long as you provide an updated meter reading you can demand a new bill based on your true usage.

Can I negotiate my energy bill? ›

Speak to your supplier again if you think they're charging you too much or you're struggling to afford the repayments. You can try to negotiate a better deal. If you don't, your supplier might make you have a prepayment meter installed.

What was the problem with the FERA? ›

The most pressing problem for FERA at first was to build up adequate local relief organizations. Few of the existing state relief agencies had been in existence for more than 7 or 8 months at the time of creation of FERA.

What were the drawbacks of FERA? ›

Drawbacks of FERA

FERA Act, 1973 ignored and jumped various violations where most of the offences were criminal offences with main element to include mens rea. The ED was empowered under the Act to arrest without even a warrant. In 1991, the Government brought the LPG Policy.

How is FEMA better than FERA? ›

FERA was an act promulgated, to regulate payments and foreign exchange in India, on the contrary FEMA is an act to promote orderly management of the foreign exchange in India.

How to get $400 energy payment? ›

The government will give every household £400 off their electricity bill. This is called the Energy Bills Support Scheme. You don't need to do anything to get the money and you won't have to pay it back. You'll get the £400 in 6 instalments starting from October 2022.

Who is eligible for the 400 energy payment? ›

People in England, Scotland and Wales without a direct relationship to a domestic energy supplier, including many care home residents and those living in park homes, will receive a £400 discount on their fuel bills through the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS Alternative Funding).

Who qualifies for free electricity allowance? ›

Any Irish residents aged over 70 can apply for the Free Electricity Allowance. Applicants must: Live legally and permanently in Ireland. Be the only person in their household who applies for and receives the allowance.

What is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 PGE? ›

For residential tiered rates, Tier 1 includes the baseline quantity and Tier 2 extends from 101% of baseline or greater. PG&E also offers electric Time-of Use-rates for residential customers. Some of these rates are tiered and others are not.

What makes a PG&E bill so high? ›

PG&E is California's largest natural gas and electricity provider, and it's no stranger to raising its prices. Because PG&E's electricity prices reflect the cost of natural gas, which has increased dramatically over the past few years, the utility giant has continued to raise its prices to keep up with the supply cost.

What is considered verifiable income? ›

Some may request pay stubs, an offer letter, annual retirement benefits letter, court order or agreement about alimony and child support, rental property income and/or bank statements while others might use your tax return.

Does PGE Check heater? ›

PG&E offers free safety inspections and gas pilot relight appointments. You can schedule an appointment online for this free service by visiting our Gas Pilot Light Service Appointments page.

What salary is considered poverty in California? ›

About 4.5 million Californians remain under the CPM poverty line (about $36,900 yearly for a family of four). Child poverty plunged from 17.6% in 2019 to 9.0% in fall 2021. Social safety net programs are primarily responsible for the large declines.

Does Social Security count as income for Covered California? ›

You can start by using your adjusted gross income (AGI) from your most recent federal income tax return, located on line 11 on the Form 1040. Add any foreign income, Social Security benefits and interest that are tax-exempt. Then, add or subtract any income changes you expect in the next year.

How many percent does a senior citizen is entitled in utility discount? ›

Get a 5% discount on certain components of the bill as long as your consumption is less than 100kWh. To avail of this, just visit any business center and present the following: Senior citizen ID. Recent Meralco bill under the senior citizen's name.

How much is the discount of senior citizen at electricity? ›

Senior Citizen 5% Discount

The kilowatt-hour meter of the residing senior citizen must have been registered in his/her name for a period of not less than one (1) year. The grant of senior citizen discount shall apply per household regardless of the number of senior citizen residing therein.

Why has my electric bill doubled 2022? ›

There are several factors that can cause suppliers' gas and electricity prices to go up or down. Market forces can cause the wholesale price of gas to rise or fall which then has a knock-on effect on energy bills. This is why prices rose twice in 2021 and have risen twice in 2022 - you can find more details here.

Should I fix my energy prices until 2024? ›

Fixing energy until 2024 is a risk, as there are lots of guesses involved but it is a great option for those who want some certainty. Many energy suppliers are only offering 1-year fixed deals so even fixing until 2023 may be worth it.

Why has my energy bill doubled 2022? ›

Ofgem have announced that from 1 October, most people will pay about £1,570 more per year for gas and electricity. This increase is because the energy price cap, set by energy regulator Ofgem , is set to jump by 80 per cent to reflect rising wholesale energy costs for energy suppliers.

Do phone chargers use electricity when plugged in? ›

If you want to know if a plugged-in charger uses energy, the straight answer is “Yes”, but that's not the whole story. The truth is that the consumption is negligible.

What wastes a lot of electricity? ›

Here's a breakdown of the biggest energy use categories in the typical home: Air conditioning and heating: 46 percent. Water heating: 14 percent. Appliances: 13 percent.

Does leaving lamps plugged in use electricity? ›

If you leave a device plugged in and switched on, even if it's not in use, it will still use electricity. This is why you should switch off the object at the plug socket, so electrical current is unable to flow.

What is a good cost per kWh? ›

The average residential electricity rate in the U.S. is 16.09¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The average electric price a business customer in the United States pays for electricity is 13.04 cents per kWh. Energy rates vary depending on where you live.

What hours is electricity the cheapest? ›

The cheapest times to use electricity are during non-peak hours. Non-peak hours vary a little between Retail Electric Providers but generally range from 10:00 pm-5:00 am. You don't need to switch to the graveyard shift in order to save money on your electricity bills.

Who has the highest electric rates in the US? ›

Once again, Hawaii residents pay the highest average electricity rates in the country with a rate of 44.85 cents/kWh. Hawaii electricity rates were up 30.1% since last October. Washington had the lowest residential electricity rates in the nation at 10.59 cents/kWh.

What is CARE and FERA? ›

CARE and FERA are PG&E discount programs that help eligible customers pay their energy bills. Over 1.4 million customers are receiving a bill discount through these two programs. Simply complete the online CARE/FERA enrollment form and we'll let you know if you're eligible.

What is the California care program? ›

California Alternate Rates for Energy program offers a 30-35% discount on your electric bill and a 20% discount on your natural gas bill. For the CARE Program, electrical companies with 100,000 or more customer accounts in California offer a 30% - 35% discount as required by Public Utilities Code Section 739.1.

Who is eligible for California care? ›

In 2022, an individual in a one-person household is eligible for some degree of Covered California subsidies if they earn up to $51,520. Meanwhile, that limit rises to $106,000 for a household size of 4. These numbers refer to your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) as found on line 11 of your Form 1040.

How do you qualify for California care? ›

According to Covered California income guidelines and salary restrictions, if an individual makes less than $47,520 per year or if a family of four earns wages less than $97,200 per year, then they qualify for government assistance based on their income.

Who qualifies for free healthcare in California? ›

Medicaid income eligibility in California is based on household size. To qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage, you need to earn less than 138% of the poverty level, based on the number of people who live in your home.

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