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Save money on your California power bill!

Save money on your California power bill!

The electric bill can be a budget-buster when you’re surviving on a low income. Fortunately, your power company can usually help. There are several unknown or little-advertised programs that power companies may offer that can help lower the cost of your power bill.

Most power companies offer a budget billing plan, which averages the annual cost of electricity in a home and bills the customer in 12 even installments. This can help low-income customers maintain a budget and avert payment problems, especially during the more expensive winter months.

Just click the link below to find out what discounts, rebates and other money-saving programs are offered by YOUR local utility company!

CenterPoint Energy

Centerpoint Energy helps more than 5 million customers in 13 different states. They have complimentary home efficiency products and special state-specific programs to help you stay on top of your bill. Read about it here.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)

Your PGE bill doesn’t have to keep eating up a huge amount of your budget. We found ways you can lower your bill, get help paying it and even find ways to get assistance if you’ve received a shut-off notice. We researched different options for paying your PGE bill and there are ways you can get help! Make sure you check out the article here to find out about help with your bill! 

Just Energy

If Just Energy is the supplier you use for your rates, you could be saving a lot of money. There are things you can do to take advantage of rate options from the supplier so you can make sure your bills are as low as possible. We also found ways to help you pay for your bill while getting help with arrangements and other options. Check out everything we found relating to Just Energy here!

San Diego Gas and Electric

Help is available for San Diego Gas and Electric customers! You can get help with your bill, lower your payments and even find ways to make your home more energy efficient…for free! We found so many different ways you can get help. Stop letting your San Diego Gas and Electric bill drain your budget and get started having an electric bill that’s easy to deal with. Here’s what we’ve found for help!

Southern California Edison (SCE)

Need help with your Southern California Edison bill? Here it is! We found ways to help you lower your bill while improving your energy usage. You can also get help with a variety of resources from Southern California Edison! There are options available no matter your income and no matter how hard you have to work to get them. Check this article out to see what we’ve found!


Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.

Karen Parks

Monday 30th of August 2021

I am a senior citizen on EBT food stamps in California (Calfresh). I am in desperate need of a new roof; but that's way too expensive for me to pay for. Do you know of any programs that might help? I registered with Habitat for Humanity but they don't have the funding now. Any suggestions? My ceiling in my bedroom is starting to come down from the bad leaking roof. When it rains again, it may come down. Any help would be appreciated.


Wednesday 1st of December 2021

The organizations in our list should be able to help you with this, but unfortunately Low Income Relief does not provide gifts, food or funds directly. You will need to contact the organizations in this list for assistance or chat with Lira! She should be able to help,


Wednesday 15th of May 2019

According to this website, I live in Palm Desert and they have a zoo called the living zoo, and i have read upon all the discounts just for having a foodstamp card. It says that the admission per person here in california is 3.00. How can a person verify that these are accurate

Nicole Thelin

Thursday 16th of May 2019

Hi, Kelli!

I fact-check all of this information as I write it up, but sometimes the programs change over time. I just checked again and The Living Desert Zoo and Aquarium is still listed as Museums for All partner (as of 5/16/2019). As a partner, they have to charge $3 (or less) per person, for up to four people per EBT card.

You're always welcome to call the zoo directly to verify our information. If you ever notice a discrepancy, let us know right away. We do our best to keep everything on the site 100% accurate.

I hope you have a great day!