Low-Income Assistance and Nonprofits
You may qualify for a discount on your SMUD energy bill.
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to cover all your expenses every month. Because we feel that everyone needs safe, reliable energy, SMUD offers the Energy Assistance Program Rate, or EAPR.
Eligible low-income SMUD customers can receive a discount on their energy bills, including:
- Discounts of 48% on electricity usage, up to a maximum of $42 per month
- The maximum discount includes an $11.50 discount on the $20 fixed monthly system infrastructure charge (found on your bill
- For customers with wells, the maximum discount is increased to $54 per month
How do I qualify and sign up for SMUD low-income assistance?
Look at the chart below to see if your household qualifies under EAPR income guidelines.
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EAPR income guidelines* (Effective August 1, 2017)
|Persons in Household||Monthly Income|
|Additional members (each)||$697|
*Households are eligible for the discounted rate if their income doesn’t exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. These figures reflect that percentage.
Do you run a nonprofit that provides housing or temporary shelter for low-income residents?
We want to help you lower your energy bill.
Energy Assistance Program Rate for nonprofit agencies
If you’re a qualifying customer who operates a nonprofit that provides housing or temporary shelter for low-income residents, we want to help. SMUD offers a discount for nonprofits. You may qualify for one of two programs if the residents you serve would otherwise be eligible for our residential Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR):
- Residential EAPR
- General Services Energy Assistance Program Rate (GS-EAPR)
Is my Nonprofit eligible?
This EAPR may be applied to qualified accounts with the following:
- The customer named on the SMUD account must be a nonprofit, IRC 501 (c) (3) organization
- The account must be a nonprofit public (state, county, city, etc.) or private organization
- The facility must be used to house people who would otherwise qualify for our normal EAPR program (low-income households)
- Documentation must be provided to substantiate the above
Other bill assistance programs
Please visit our Payment assistance page to learn more about other options.