Recently issued California law increases customer access to free energy-saving home improvements that support SoCalGas’ efforts to lead the transition to a clean energy system
LOS ANGELES† July 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that as of: July 1, 2022, more customers will now qualify for free energy-saving home improvements through the Energy Savings Assistance Program. The new guidelines expand the eligibility criteria for clients with incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, compared with the previous criteria to 200%. A family of four living up to . deserves $69,375, are now eligible for free energy efficiency upgrades. The previous income eligibility guidelines were up to $55,500 for a family of four.
The ESA program provides attic insulation, oven repair or replacement, clothes washing, water heater repair or replacement, boiler blankets, door draft excluders, seals, low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, minor door and window repairs, and other services to eligible customers.
Customers can save up to 20% on their natural gas bills annually, depending on the energy efficiency upgrades performed. Since 2002, more than 1.6 million households have been enrolled in the program.
Customers may qualify for the Energy Savings Assistance Program based on having one person in their home who falls under the income guidelines or participates in a public assistance program such as Medi-Cal/Medicaid, CalFresh, and the National School Lunch Program. The program is open to renters and homeowners, and income levels are updated annually to align with federal poverty guidelines.
“SoCalGas is leading the transition to a more resilient energy future by providing customers with affordable, more sustainable energy. Through the Energy Savings Assistance Program, we can offer customers sustainable, energy-efficient home improvements that lower their costs and reduce a household’s carbon footprint. The program’s comprehensive guidelines will empower more SoCalGas customers to save energy and money and help us collectively achieve our clean energy goals,” said Brian PrusnekSoCalGas’ director of customer programs and assistance.
The revised Energy Savings Assistance Program income guidelines were the result of Senate Act 756, written by: San Diego senator Ben Hueso (D-40). “The ESA program is an important tool for our state in the fight against climate change,” said Senator Hueso. “Energy efficiency upgrades lower energy bills, increase a family’s quality of life and comfort, support economic development and move the state closer to its climate goals. However, ESA program budgets are routinely not fully spent — often by the hundreds. millions of dollars that go unspent each year. This new law will remedy that by allowing more low-income customers to qualify.”
“My family and I are very happy and grateful for the weathering repairs that SoCalGas and their contractor ACSGROUP delivered to our home,” said Veronica Medranoa SoCalGas customer Montclair† “We got a new oven and they installed a new boiler and we also got a new washing machine. Our house is now more energy efficient. This program has changed our lives.”
Another SoCalGas customer support program is the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) program, which will continue to provide a 20% discount on monthly natural gas bills for customers who participate in certain public relief programs or who are within 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. fall . A family of four living up to . deserves $55,500 is now eligible for the discount.
To learn more about SoCalGas customer service programs, including the CARE program, or to sign up for the energy saver program, visit socalgas.com/assistance or call (800) 331-7593. Information is available in the following languages: Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
About SoCalGas Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution company in the United States. SoCalGas provides affordable, reliable and increasingly renewable gas services to 21.8 million consumers worldwide 24,000 square miles of central and southern California. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition, ensuring grid reliability and supporting the deployment of wind and solar energy.
SoCalGas’ mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America† In support of that mission, SoCalGas strives to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and supply of energy by 2045 and to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego.
SOURCE Southern California gas company