Utility Assistance Program for low income customers. Consider using LED light bulbs.

4th Lifestyle Alterations: Lower Utility Bills.  

Utility Bill Assistance Program for qualified customers.  Save big with LED light bulbs.

Lower Utility Bills with local assistance program and save even more in fixture light bulb replacement.

If you know about the Utility Bill Assistance Program and the use of LED light bulbs, please pass this blog to someone you might know who is struggling with high electric, gas and water bill.  Third-party validation usually helps for concrete decision.

Note: There is assistance programs throughout the nation.  Connect with your local utility provider for more information.

It’s a couple more months before the holiday season will be at your doorsteps a knocking.  Time to implement all conceivable savings.  And, your utility bills may be sources bigger than you can imagine. Read on.

Out of the $780 monthly income, how will we budget $90 or less for electric, gas and water? Wondering took me to familiar answer: get knowledge, apply and see results!

Southern California Edison (SCE) California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) came to our rescue during financially lean months. A leaflet with information on this helpful program was enclosed in our electric bill.  So, research was short; an answered prayer!

It was an easy process to enroll in the program providing you qualify.  Furthermore, low-income customers qualify for (continued) 20%+ discount on monthly electric bills.

Please visit https://sce.com/careandfera. Below are three options to qualified customers.

On-going Bill Support

You may be eligible for discounts on your monthly bill through: California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs.

On-going Bill SupportLearn More 

1-Time Assistance

Need a little extra help this month? The Energy Assistance Fund provides up to $100 to eligible customers once a year. You can participate by applying for assistance or make a donation.
1-Time AssistanceLearn More 

Free Upgrades

We can help you save over time through the Energy Savings Assistance Program. If you’re eligible, we’ll cover the cost of efficient new appliances and installation.

Free UpgradesLearn More 

Additional benefit of enrolling and, qualifying with CARE program is eligibility to apply for discounted rates with other service companies.  Nice! Since, we were under the CARE program, we automatically qualify for discounted rates with San Gabriel Valley Water and Gas Co. And, both companies, equally handled our discounted rate smoothly towards immediate implementation.

Our utility bill comparison:

Utility Co.:       Before:            After:

SCE                            $60                          $40

SGVW                       $35                           $25

GasCo.                      $30                           $25

$35 monthly savings which lasted almost 12 months.  Slowly and consistently, our income rose like droplets into flat empty money holder.   And, around the 352nd day, we received a pre-qualification letter from SCE.  For 12 months, we were relieved and truly thankful but their assistance program was no longer needed.

$420 in total savings!

LED Light Bulbs, $1.14 annual cost per bulb with approximately four hours of usage.

I remember researching LED bulbs.  Feeling of awesomeness was quick.  But, it’s not like the first time I heard about it.  And, after a simple read, we replaced most of our incandescent light bulbs with this energy-efficient lighting.   Thus, greatly reduced our home utility bills.

Excerpt from: http://thesimpledollar.com

Comparing Costs: CFLs vs. LEDs

When most people need to replace their light bulbs, cost is the biggest factor in their decision. But the actual cost includes more than just the upfront price of each bulb you buy; you should also factor in how much each option will cost to operate over the years.

As with most things, it turns out a bit of money spent today can often lead to substantial savings in the long run.

Buying one quality bulb that lasts decades is less expensive in the long run than buying a dozen or cheaper ones that keep burning out.

And then there’s the cost of the electricity used to light the bulb: Utility prices vary by state and by season, of course, but in 2013 residential electricity customers paid an average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour in the United States. Both CFLs and LEDs use considerably less electricity than traditional bulbs.

Here’s how much each type of bulb would cost to purchase and operate over a 25,000-hour lifespan (about 23 years at three hours per day):

Incandescent CFL LED
Approximate cost per bulb $1 $2 $8 or less
Average lifespan 1,200 hours 8,000 hours 25,000 hours
Watts used 60W 14W 10W
No. of bulbs needed for 25,000 hours of use 21 3 1
Total purchase price of bulbs over 23 years $21 $6 $8
Total cost of electricity used (25,000 hours at $0.12 per kWh) $180 $42 $30

Total operational cost over 23 years
$201 $48 $38

As you can see, buying longer-lasting, more efficient light bulbs can really pay off over time. Over a 23-year period, it will cost you over $200 (and many trips to the hardware store) to keep one 60-watt lamp lit with incandescent bulbs. By comparison, it would cost just $48 using a handful of CFLs, or $38 using a single LED light bulb — a savings of more than $150 either way.

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