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Need Help with Your Utility Bills? These Programs May Help!

In this economic climate, households are looking for ways to save money and decrease their monthly expenses.  Several utility assistance programs are available to City of Woodland residents who meet low-income guidelines.  For more information, please contact the program representative.

Low – Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Yolo County recently received $1.269 million in Federal stimulus funding for this program.  According to the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services, it has not received enough applicants to spend the funding allocation.

 The program provides:

  • Direct payment to a low-income client’s utility bill to help offset the cost of heating/cooling his/her home
  • Assistance to low-income households in a crisis situation (i.e. utility being shut off, energy-related crisis or life-threatening emergency)
  • Weather-stripping, insulation, caulking, water heater blankets, refrigerator replacement, heating/cooling system repairs, and compact fluorescent lamps to make dwellings more energy efficient and reduce usage/costs

 For more information call the HEAP line from 8:30 a.m. – noon, Monday – Friday, at (800) 233-4880.  For assistance with weatherization, please call (707) 463-0303.

Waste Management – Solid Waste Services Discount Program – Provides 10 percent discount on the trash portion of the Waste Management bill for low-income residents.  Waste Management also provides free services to move trash bins for seniors and disabled individuals who can provide justification from their doctor.  For assistance, please contact Waste Management’s Customer Service Center at (530) 662-8748.

PG&E – California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) OR Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) – Provides a monthly discount on energy bills for income-qualified households and housing facilities.  CARE assists all household sizes, while FERA is only available to households of three or more occupants.  For more information go to: http://www.pge.com.

City of Woodland – Water Assistance ProgramProvides a $15 discount on the flat rate portion of a resident’s utility bill for three consecutive months.  Go to www.cityofwoodland.org\waterassist.