California Alternate Rates for Energy Program

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You may qualify for reduced energy rates through the Southwest Gas California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program. This program can help you save money by providing a discounted monthly basic service charge on your monthly gas bill at your primary residence.

CARE Program rate discounts are determined by your total gross household income and number of people living in your residence. Please review the income guidelines, and if you think you fit the qualifications, apply for the program below.

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What is annual household income?

Total annual household income means all money from all sources, both taxable and non taxable, before deductions for all people who live in your home. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Wages or salaries
  • Interest or dividends from: saving accounts, stocks, bonds or, retirement accounts
  • Workers' compensation or unemployment benefits
  • Rental or royalty income
  • Scholarships, loans, grants, or other aid used for living expenses
  • Profit from self-employment*
  • Refunds, insurance and/or legal settlements TANF (AFDC) and food stamps
  • Non-cash income; child, spousal, or other support
  • Gains realized from the sale of assets
  • Cash public assistance
  • Free housing or utilities
  • Pensions, Social Security, retirement benefits, veterans pension, disability income, SSI, and/or SSP

*To determine eligibility for this program from self-employment, refer to the net business income shown on the Internal Revenue Service form 1040, Schedule C.

CARE Program Income Requirements
Annual Household Income Guidelines
(effective 06/01/16 through 05/31/17)
Number of Persons
Living in Household
Total Combined Income
from ALL Sources
1-2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
For each additional person, add $8,320

Mail-In Application Forms

Other Programs and Services You May Qualify For:

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides bill payment assistance, emergency, and weatherization services. Call the Department of Community Services and Development at 866-675-6623 for more information.

Energy Savings Assistance Program offers energy-saving home improvements at no cost. For more information on program requirements or to fill out an interest form, please visit California Energy Savings Assistance Program.