Save 30% or More on Your Energy Bill Every Month

Almost 275,000 customers are receiving a bill discount through our programs designed especially for low-income households:

  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) - You'll receive a 30% or more discount on your bill every month.

  • Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) -  If you don't qualify for CARE, you may qualify to receive a 12% discount on your bill every month through FERA. FERA is only open to households with three or more people.

See our program qualifications, then fill out our online enrollment form and we'll let you know if you're eligible. You may also qualify for free energy-efficient home improvements.

Program Eligibility Requirements

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

Qualifying public assistance programs:

  • 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

Qualifying income levels:

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

CARE Program
Total Annual Household Income
FERA Program
1-2 $32,480 Not eligible
3 $40,840 $40,841 - $51,050
4 $49,200 $49,201 - $61,500
5 $57,560 $57,561 - $71,950
6 $65,920 $65,921 - $82,400
7 $74,280 $74,281 - $92,850
8 $82,640 $82,641 - $103,300

Each additional person +$8,360
Effective June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018

Other qualifying criteria

  • 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.

Apply Today



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.


Fill out this form and mail it to:

CARE Program
San Diego Gas & Electric
P.O. Box 129831
San Diego, CA 92112-9985

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