High utility and energy prices are a burden to many South Carolina residents, and many residents need help with electric bills. The state government and the utility companies operating in the state are offering programs that are designed to assist many individuals and families. Find assistance programs below.
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One program is the The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This will provide home weatherization advice and assistance for lower income families or families with a hardship. In particular, it will help the elderly as well as people with disabilities and children. It will help improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Another program that provides utility bill assistance is The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program assists households with electricity and utility bills. This program is also administered by the South Carolina Governors Office of Economic Opportunity. They work in cooperation with numerous community action agencies. Read more.
Some utilities companies even offer financing for home improvements that greatly help increase energy efficiency. They have various payment plans, including allowing the loan to be repaid in monthly installments added to your utility bill. Many utilities also have home cooling and heating assistance programs that will help residents with limited incomes pay their electricity and energy bills during the hottest and coolest periods of the year.
Aiken Electric Cooperative
Operation Round Up
AEC members will help provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and other services to those who need it the most. Read more Round Up from Aiken Electric.
Offers the Energy Neighbor Fund
The program receives funding and support from utility employees, churches, customers, as well as civic organizations. Customer and Employee campaigns help to raise funds for the Energy Neighbor Fund each year, and Progress Energy provides a quarter million dollars in matching funds to help consumers with utility bill assistance. Find additional Progress Energy South Carolina programs.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
Project Shares provides assistance to lower income customers. It is used to help customers pay for winter heating bills, help pay the bills of customers in extreme health-related cases, and summer cooling bills. Find additional utility bill assistance programs from SCE&G. Read more.
Duke Power - Several assistance programs
Share the Warmth
A heating bill assistance program. This can assist with numerous energy bills and relies on donations from the community. Learn more.
Cooling Assistance Program
Help pay for cooling bills, and provide equipment to cool homes. Read more.
Fan-Heat Relief Program
Provides fans to cool homes during the summer.
Piedmont Natural Gas
Share the Warmth
Funds are provided to help with paying any type of heating bill, including oil, propane, electricity, coal, kerosene or even wood. Learn more.
Carolina Community Actions
This agency can provide aid for paying utility bills to lower income residents in both York and Clover counties. Grants and funds are available.