Looking for ways to save on your Jefferson PUD bill? If you’re one of JeffPUD’s customers, you’ve probably wondered what you can do to reduce your electric bill. Fortunately, Teri’s already asked us… and this is what we’ve found!
Save Money Every Month on Your Jefferson PUD Bill
Apply for the Low Income Program!
If you’re income meets the LIHEAP requirements, you can receive an additional $35 per month credit on your bill from Jefferson PUD. If you have water and/or sewer services from the PUD, you’ll get 30% off the base charges for those services as well. It can take up to eight weeks for the credit to appear on your bill, so apply as soon as you can!
To qualify, your income must not exceed 125% of the federal poverty level. There are deductions and exclusions that may allow customers with slightly higher incomes to participate. You’ll need to reapply every 18 months.
To apply, contact OlyCAP’s Port Townsend office at (360) 385-2571 or through the calendar on this website.
Low income seniors and disabled customers get lower rates!
If you’re a low income senior or low income disabled citizen, you can receive a lower rate on your electricity from Jefferson PUD.
To qualify for the senior discount, you must be at least 62 years old when you apply.
To qualify for the disabled discount, you must be retired from regular gainful employment because of a physical disability. You will need to prove your disability by supplying evidence, such as an SSI benefit statement, special handicap parking tags or other documentation.
For both programs, you’ll need to also qualify based on income. The income calculation relies on the disposable income of you, your spouse and every individual occupying the residence. You can learn more about this program, including income limits, by clicking here.
Avoid seasonally high bills throughout the year.
Like most companies, Jefferson PUD offers a convenient budget billing program that helps you level out your seasonal bills. The PUD will average your previous twelve months of usage and bill you that average amount each month. The amount you pay will be periodically adjusted to make sure that it’s correct.
Avoid a crisis with these helpful Jefferson PUD programs.
Protect yourself from shut-offs.
You can obtain a moratorium that prevents Jefferson PUD from turning off your power during the cold winter months (between November 15 and March 15). To obtain this moratorium, you must do the following:
- Notify Customer Service that you cannot pay your bill. You must do this within 5 days of receiving a Past Due Notice!
- Provide Customer Service with a statement from the Olympic Community Action Program (OlyCAP) that states you qualify for this moratorium. The qualification is based on income. OlyCAP will calculate an amount you can afford that is 7% of your monthly household income.
- Apply for low income energy assistance from a government or charitable source. Any assistance you receive must be paid to Jefferson PUD.
- Apply for low income weatherization assistance, if available.
- Agree to maintain a payment plan that will bring your account current by October 15. You will not be required to pay more than 7% of your certified monthly income plus 1/12 of any past-due balance.
- You will need to pay the balance even if you move away.
If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, you can prevent your power from being disconnected. You’ll need to notify the PUD as soon as you are aware that the power will be disconnected (whether due to nonpayment or a planned disconnect). You’ll then have 7 days to pay 10% of your outstanding balance, provide a medical certificate that verifies your condition and sign an agreement to pay your outstanding balance within 120 days.
Please note that the Jefferson PUD website says that they can offer a 7 day extension on Notices of Termination. However, if payment is not received by the 7th day, your service will be disconnected.
Spread your past due balance over an entire year.
If you are facing disconnection due to a past due balance, you can enroll in the Budget Plan. Your past due balance will be factored in and included on your monthly Budget Plan payment. This will spread your balance across an entire year. Please note that Budget Plan payments are not eligible for payment arrangements and you will be disconnected if you fall behind on your Budget Plan.