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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a Federal Government program that can help low-income families to pay their energy bills. The program is managed by the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services and is available every year from November to May.
The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE provides “emergency bill-payment assistance to individuals and families facing a temporary crisis that threatens their home.” Last year, Project SHARE provided assistance to more than 50,000 Georgians. If you would like to apply, call 1.800.25SHARE. They take calls for assistance from 9-10 a.m. local time on Wednesday mornings. You can also try calling your power company’s customer service number.
The Heating Energy Assistance Team distributes energy assistance funds to needy families. For more information call 404.656.6696 or your local Community Action Agency.
Georgia Power’s Senior Citizen Discount gives customers that are 65 or older and meet income requirements up to $24 off their monthly bills.
Georgia Power offers a FlatBill program, which allows you to pay a 12-month fixed price that does not fluctuate when your power usage does. They also have Budget Billing which averages the highs and lows of your electric bills and gives you an average price to pay each month.
Georgia Power’s Prepay Program allows you to pay as you go with your PrePay account. As you use electricity, your balance is reduced. This flexibility allows you to better manage your budget and energy usage.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority distributes funds for weatherization assistance through Community Action Agencies for the repair or renovation of homes of low-income residents to make them more energy-efficient. For more information call 404.656.3826 or contact your local Community Action Agency.