Do you want to lower your Eversource bills? Kristina does, so she asked us for help. We responded by researching New England’s largest energy delivery company. We found several services that Eversource offers to its 3.7 million customers. Here are some ways that you can save money on your energy bills.
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Get Help With Lowering Your Eversource Bill
Apply for a Special Discount Rate
If you receive any of the following benefits, you may be eligible for a discounted rate from Eversource:
- Supplemental Social Security (SSI)
- Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
- Emergency Assistance to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)
- SNAP (Food Stamps) *
- Refugee Resettlement Benefits *
- MassHealth Basic and Standard
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance *
- Head Start *
- Free and Reduced School Lunch or Breakfast Program*
- MA Veterans Benefits (GLC. 115) *
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouse or Parents of Veterans (Dependency Indemnity Compensation letter required)
- Improved Veterans Disability Pension (Non-service Connected Disability letter required)
- WIC *
- Commonwealth Care Plan, Types 1, 2, or 2A*
- Health Safety Net Plan- Primary or Secondary (not partial) *
- Other means-tested programs
To receive the discount rate from Eversource, you will need to fill out an application. You may also need to supply an eligibility letter. Please note that the account must be in the name of the same person who receives the benefit.
Get Financial Assistance
Do you earn less than 60% of the state median income in Massachusetts? If so, you may be eligible for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). To apply for LIHEAP, contact your nearest Community Action Program.
You can still get help if you make just a little bit too much money to qualify for LIHEAP. If you earn between 60 and 80% of the state median income, contact the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. They can help you make a monthly bill payment if you are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.
Enroll in the Budget Billing Program
By using Eversource’s Budget Billing Program, you won’t get hit hard by high seasonal heating and cooling bills. When you enroll in Budget Billing, your bill will be the same each month based on your estimated usage. Your payment may go up or down based on periodic reviews of your energy use.
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To enroll, call 800-592-2000 or log into the Eversource website and use their online tool.
Choose a New Supplier
Eversource customers are free to shop for a lower rate from a different supplier. You can view a list of competitive energy suppliers here. The Eversource website also offers a comparison calculator to help you determine if you’ll really get a better rate from switching.
Get Help With Paying Your Past Due Eversource Bills
Apply for the New Start Program
Do you feel overwhelmed by debt owed to Eversource? If your past due balance is at least $100 and you are over 60 days behind on payments, you may be eligible for a break.
With the New Start program, you will make even monthly payments based on your past energy usage. For every on-time payment that you make, Eversource will forgive a fraction of your past due balance. If you always pay on time, Eversource will completely forgive your past due balance in as little as a year!
You can call 866-315-2496 to apply for the New Start program. You will need to prove that your income is low enough to qualify for the LIHEAP program.
Extend Your Due Date
If you are having trouble paying your bill by its due date, you can ask for a payment extension by calling 866-861-6225.
Set up an Eversource Payment Plan
If you are having a rough time financially, you may have skipped a few of your energy bill payments. Eversource will work with you to set up a plan to pay off your past due balance.
You can start working out your payment plan online by clicking here. If you have set up a plan and are still having trouble making payments, just call 800-592-2000 and Eversource will work to address your needs.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Make an Energy Savings Plan with Eversource
Do you want to figure out how to save a ton of money by making your home more energy efficient? Eversource can help you make a customized plan. All you need to do is sign into their website and answer a few questions here.
Use a Home Energy Calculator
Eversource offers several online energy calculators. These tools can help you figure out where energy is being wasted in your home.
Get Energy Efficiency Assistance
Get Seasonal Energy Savings Tips
Eversource has a list of energy savings tips on its website. These tips will help you lower your bills while staying comfortable during New England’s hot summers and cold winters.