Help Paying Utilities




Georgia Public Service Commission utility bill assistance plans.

There are several resources for Georgia residents to both reduce their energy bills and to also get help paying them. The Georgia Public Service Commission strongly urges consumers that they should begin preparing now for the upcoming winter heating season. Take action to ensure your heating system is ready, review your  current natural gas plans and accounts to ensure you know your rights and responsibilities when it comes to paying those winter heating as well as utility bills, and take advantage of all the plans that are available to you.

The Commission urges consumers to look into budget billing plans and compare marketer pricing options. In addition, Georgia customers can also take a number of steps to reduce the impact of winter heating bills. Some of them include:

Budget Billing Plans: Families and individuals who are on a budget, on a fixed income, low income, or retired may find budget billing plans to be an attractive payment option to help them keep up on their utility bills. These plans allow consumers to make levelized monthly payments on their bills, and this plan is available whether consumers have variable or fixed rate plans. Budget billing plans can help consumers avoid the spikes in their winter heating bills by averaging the bills over the course of the year, and they help people budget their expenses throughout the year.

Weatherization Programs: Weatherization assistance for low and moderate income families is also available in Georgia. The programs are offered through a program administered by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Agency, however local community action agencies and other groups implement the improvements and upgrades to homes.

Georgia Low Income Assistance: Low and moderate income consumers may qualify for assistance with paying their winter heating bills as well as summer cooling bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It is managed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, and they are tasked with distributing this federal government grant money through local community action agencies. In addition to the federally funded program, consumers may also be eligible for assistance with their utility bills through other programs sponsored by their social service agencies or local utilities.

Energy Conservation: One of the keys for people is conservation, and the Georgia Public Service Commission stresses this. It is vital to any plan of action to lower one's monthly utility bill. Every dollar saved is one less dollar a family needs to pay. Purchasing energy-efficient equipment such as a hot water heater , furnace, and/or stove, adding caulking around windows and doors, insulating floors, walls, and the attic, are just a few of the things that consumers can do to lower their winter heating bills and reduce their overall energy usage. And you do not need to buy all new equipment. It may just need to be tuned up. If you don't need to have any of your equipment replaced, you should be sure to have the equipment and home inspected by a professional to insure operation at maximum efficiency and that you do not have any obvious signs of poor energy usage.






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