Utility Bill Assistance


Assistance and help with utility and electric bills in Arizona

A wide variety of energy bill assistance programs can help struggling families in Arizona. Families, individuals, or seniors who are struggling can get utility bill help from the government, their energy company, charities, or donation services among other programs.

In addition to grants or funds to help pay utility bills (to prevent a shut off), there are also free conservation measures in Arizona. They range from weatherization to free energy efficiency measures from utility companies. Find how to get help below, as arizona offers many programs that provide utility bill assistance.

Arizona low income government energy bill assistance programs

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is a federal sponsored assistance program that will provide a one time payment for a delinquent utility bill. The Utility Repair, Replacement and Deposit Program (URRD) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provide energy and utility bill assistance to eligible individuals. Click here.

Free weatherization services in Arizona
This is often offered in Arizona in combination with LIHEAP above. The federal government pays for such home improvements as insulation, weather stripping, AC unit repairs and more. Everything is meant to help households save money on future utility bills, and the total amount invested in the home may be a few thousands dollars.





There is a state moratorium in place as well that stop a disconnection of utilities from June to October. The Arizona law will stop an energy or gas company from shutting off power. It is a government regulation, and learn more on the Arizona utility disconnection moratorium.

Charities and utility bill help from companies

APS Energy Support Program (E-3)
If you are a lower income state resident and utility customer, you may be eligible to receive a substantial discount on your electric bill through the Medical Care Equipment Program or the APS Energy Support Program. These programs offer a discount up to 40% off the cost of electricity for Arizona customers who meet certain income threshholds and guidelines.

APS Energy Wise Low Income Weatherization Program
The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program is tasked with the mission of lowering the electricity or the fuel expense for space cooling, heating, and water heating for qualified, income-eligible households, while also improving the safety and health of the dwelling's occupants. Examples of services provided to lower utility bills include : Shading sun-exposed windows, Adding high quality thermal insulation to the residential building exterior - most often attic insulation, primarily for houses using central refrigeration cooling. Implementing air leak control measures that will help lower excessive infiltration of outside air. And many other examples.

Arizona Public Service offers the Energy-Wise help program, which will assist by providing weatherization repairs, energy saving techniques, and/or improvements to families in need. They also offer the Project S.H.A.R.E. (Service to Help Arizonans with Relief on Energy) assistance program. This program helps pay utility bills for seniors over 60 on a limited income or people under 60 with a financial emergency. More information.





Chandler Act of Kindness, or A-OK, is used to help families in that community only. The funds can assist with paying cooling bills, utilities, and electric costs. A-OK is a voluntary donation service for the poor and struggling. Read more.

Tucson Families can get a discount on their utility bills. The savings are generally combined with other forms of financial help. Non-profits also participate. Read more on the City of Tucson Low Income Assistance Program.

The Home Energy Assistance Fund will provide help for low-income families that are experiencing extreme financial hardship. The fund will help those customers pay overdue utility bills. This will also try to help prevent potential electric or gas shutoffs. This assistance is administered by the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) through Community Action Program (CAP) offices in every county. They may provide eligible individuals annual one time financial assistance of up to $500 to restore utilities to help costumers avoid disconnections. Call 602-604-0640 for more information.

Mesa Utilities offers a program known as ABC. It provides assistance for utility and other bills as donations allow. It is a crisis relief program and applicants need to meet, and prove, a number of conditions. Read more.

Mohave Electric Coop runs the Members Helping Members program, which provides money for paying utility bills. The cooperative can provide emergency funds as a last resort to the working poor and less fortunate for their utilities. More information.

Navaho Tribal Utility Authority - Senior Citizen Discount and Life Support Discount are offered, and it is a 7% discount that is provided on utility bills to customers who are 60 years or older.

Project SHARE
Emergency financial assistance to pay electric and energy bills. Project SHARE (Service to Help Arizonans with Relief on Energy) can be used to help pay your energy bills (electric, gas, oil, wood) if you meet the following criteria.

  • Over the age 60, facing a financial emergency, and living on a fixed income. 
  • You're under age 60 and currently experiencing special hardships.
  • You're disabled with no source of income.
  • Other conditions may apply as well. Learn more.

Salt River Project - Economy Price Plan Provides up to $14 off SRP bill charges every month through the Economy Price Plan program. They also provide assistance from Project Share. Read more.

Salt River Project SHARE customers can get help from the Salvation Army and a donation program. It is emergency financial assistance that can be used to pay utility, heating, cooling, and other bills in a crisis. Find more information on Salt River Project SHARE.

Scottsdale Cares - The company works with partners on collecting donations from the community. The money will be used by organizations (not individuals) for expenses ranging from utility bills to other energy and administrative costs. Learn more.

Southwest Gas - Low Income Rate payer Assistance (LIRA). A 30% discount is available off the perm therm rate for families in need from November through April, and it applies to the first 150 therms. All income criteria are at 200% of federal government poverty guidelines. There is also the Low-Income Energy Conservation Program which will provide energy saving measures. Read more.





Southwest Gas Corporation - Energy Share will provide savings on utility bills to qualified families with a financial emergency. 

Tucson Electric Power Company - Residential Lifeline Discount Program will assist customers with a limited income by providing a $8 discount on their utility bills. In addition, the Help with Emergency Energy Relief Operation (H.E.E.R.O.) program gives one-time cash grants on utility bills. Read more on assistance from Tucson Electric.

Unisource Energy Services, C.A.R.E.S. Program. Provides savings of up to $8 off their monthly utility bills and savings up to $15 off their natural gas bills, depending upon usage.

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