Qualify for a monthly energy bill discount

CARE & FERA Programs

Almost 275,000 customers are receiving a CARE or FERA discount on their bill. Simply fill out our online enrollment form and we'll let you know if you're eligible for a monthly bill discount through either our CARE or FERA programs. You might also qualify for free energy-efficient home improvements. 

If you qualify on your application, you'll be enrolled in one of the following energy bill discount programs:

  • With the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program you'll receive a 30% or more discount on your bill every month. Under this program you'll also receive a lower rate for your electricity use. 
  • If you do not qualify for CARE, you may be eligible for the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program.  With FERA you'll receive a 12% discount on your bill every month. The FERA Program is only open to households with three or more people. Your total household income must be within the income range listed for the FERA Programs.

Apply now to see if you qualify

  Apply as a new CARE/FERA customer

  Renew your CARE discount

If you'd like to review the application in another language click here.

If you're a submetered customer or just started service with us in the past 30 days click here.

Applications for CARE are also available to the following customers

Tenants of Sub-Metered Residential Facilities

Qualified Non-Profit Group Living Facilities

Agricultural and Section 17008 Facilities

  • Program eligibility requirements

    Program Eligibility Requirements

    Eligibility is based on your household size and yearly income or by your household participation in certain public assistance programs.

    Here are the public assistance programs that qualify:

    • Medicaid/Medi-Cal for Families A & B
    • CalFresh (Food Stamps) SNAP
    • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF

    Here are the income levels that qualify:

    Qualification is based on household size and total current household income* (total income of all persons living in your house, condo, apartment or mobile home).

    Number in Household

    Total Annual Household Income
    CARE Program FERA Program



    Not eligible



    $40,321 - $50,400



    $48,601 - $60,750



    $56,881 - $71,100



    $65,161 - $81,450



    $73,461 - $91,825



    $81,781 - $102,225

    Each additional person +$8,320

    Effective June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017

    • The SDG&E bill must be in your name and the address must be your primary residence.
    • You must notify SDG&E if you no longer qualify.
    • You must maintain acceptable usage levels.
    • You may not be claimed on another person’s income tax return other than your spouse.
    • Your total current household income (all income of all persons living in your home) — before deductions — is no more than the income level listed and you may be asked to verify your income.
    • You must renew your application when requested.

    * Total household income is all taxable and non-taxable revenues, from all household members, from whatever sources derived, including but not limited to: wages, salaries, interest, dividends, spousal and child support payments; public assistance payments, Social Security and pensions, rental income, income from self-employment, and all employment-related non-cash income.

  • Questions or other ways to apply?


    Email us at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-411-7343.

    Other ways to apply

    PHONE: Please call 211 and ask for the Energy Bill Discount Program.

    TDD/TTY: For speech or hearing-impaired customers call us at 1-877-889-7343.

    MAIL: If you prefer to mail us an application, one can be found here: CARE APPLICATION.

    Our mailing address is:

    CARE Program

    San Diego Gas & Electric

    P.O. Box 129831

    San Diego, CA 92112-9985