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Monthly discounts for income qualifying customers

We understand our customers sometimes face financial challenges, and when they do, we are ready to help. UES' Customer Assistance Residential Energy Support (CARES) Program offers monthly discounts for income qualifying customers who need support in meeting their energy costs.

Income-qualifying UES customers who need additional help may be eligible for emergency bill payment assistance from UES' community partners. Learn more about services available from partner agencies.

Income qualifying customers who join our CARES program pay a reduced $4.90 monthly Customer Charge, a discount of more than $5 from the standard fee. They also receive usage-based discounts, as shown in the table below.

Monthy Energy Use Discount
0 - 300 kWh 30%
301 - 600 kWh 20%
601 - 1000 kWh 10%
Over 1000 kWh $8

Do I Qualify?

Discounts are available to customers who meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • 1) Utility account must be in your name
  • 2) I am a current residential customer
  • 3) I meet the following financial criteria:

A household gross income for the past 12 months that is at or below the following amounts, based on the number of people in your household:

Family Size Annual Income at or Below:
1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135
More than 8 $6,090* (add per person)

*$60,135 for 8 + $6,090 for each additional person based on 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines; above calculations are at 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Participating customers are required to reapply every two years.

Application

Download the Customer Assistance application form – PDF 187 KB . Complete the form according to the instructions.

CARES provides a $3 discount on the standard Customer Charge as well as a 15 cent-per-therm discount for up to 100 therms of gas use each month from November through April. Those discounts can reduce your expenses by up to $18 per month during home heating season, when gas use is at its highest.

Do I Qualify?

Discounts are available to customers who meet specific eligibility requirements:

  • 1) Utility account must be in your name
  • 2) I am a current residential customer
  • 3) I meet the following financial criteria:

A household gross income for the past 12 months that is at or below the following amounts, based on the number of people in your household:

Family Size Annual Income at or Below:
1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135
More than 8 $6,090* (add per person)

*$60,135 for 8 + $6,090 for each additional person based on 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines; above calculations are at 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Participating customers are required to reapply every two years.

Application

Download the Customer Assistance application form – PDF 187 KB . Complete the form according to the instructions.

 


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