Electric Assistance

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Step 1

Contact your utility provider even if you don’t have the money to pay the bill right now. Let them know you’re looking for help and ask about a payment plan or extension. This might help you keep the lights on while you look for resources to pay the bill. Be sure to let your provider know if you have electrically powered medical equipment or medication that needs to stay cold.

Step 2

Find an agency that may be able to help with your bill. Scroll to the top of this page to find a customized list of community resources in your area. Please read the details for each agency. This will help you learn how to apply, where to go, what to bring, and how to get help even if you can’t get in touch with the agency right away. Click here if you need to replace lost or stolen documents, such as birth certificates and social security cards.

Step 3

Make short-term plans. Your electricity may be shut-off.

  • Cook and eat perishable foods (milk, cheese, and other groceries that need to stay refrigerated) as healthy and appropriate while your lights are still on.
  • Search SC211.org to find food pantries that may be able to help you stock non-perishable foods.
  • If you have an electric stove, begin thinking of ways you may be able to cook non-perishable items when your lights go out (propane grill, friends/family, etc.).
  • Try to locate or borrow flashlights and batteries. Avoid using candles at night when possible; these may present a fire hazard as you may fall asleep or forget they are burning.
  • Look for a temporary place to stay while your lights are out, especially if you are expecting severe weather, require electrically powered medical equipment, or medications that need to stay refrigerated.

Step 4

Make long-term plans. Look for resources that can reduce the chances of future disconnections. This includes Weatherization Programs (programs to make your home more energy efficient), Benefit Screening (to find resources that may be able to help with other basic needs), and Job Training Programs (to help increase income), and other solutions.