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DDOE Offers Low-Income DC Residents Discounts on Utility Bills

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

(Washington, DC) The District Department of the Environment offers discounted rates on electric, gas, telephone and water bills for eligible District residents through our Utility Discount Programs (UDP). Residents with electric space heating can save up to $240 per year on electricity bills, those without can save about $100 per year. Washington Gas customers can receive discounted rates during the months of highest usage; customers will be charged the regular rate for the months when usage is low.

The Utility Discount Programs allow eligible Verizon customers, 64 years and under, to receive local telephone service for $3.00 per month. Customers who are 65 years and older will pay only $1.00 per month for local telephone service. Washington Area Sewer Authority (WASA) customers who participate in the Utility Discount Programs can be exempt from paying a portion of the water they use monthly.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of these Utility Discount Programs. Those who participate in the programs must re-apply every year. For more information, please call the Energy Hotline at (202) 673-6750.

Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for Utility Discount Programs           

Household Size Maximum Annual Income