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California Alternate Rates
for Energy (CARE) Program

The CARE program provides a discount on monthly gas bills to income-qualified customers at their primary residence.
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CARE Program Income Requirements
Annual Household Income Guidelines
(effective January 01, 2014 through May 31, 2014)
Number of Persons
Living in Household
Total Combined Income
from ALL Sources
1-2 $31,020
3 $39,060
4 $47,100
5 $55,140
6 $63,180
7 $71,220
8 $79,260
For each additional person, add $8,040

You may qualify for the Southwest Gas California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. The CARE program provides a 20 percent discount on monthly gas bills to income-qualified customers at their primary residence. CARE eligibility is determined by the total gross household income and number of people living in the residence.


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.

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 1-866-675-6623 for more information.

Energy Savings Assistance Program (formerly known as the Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program) offers energy-saving home improvements at no cost. For more information, please call:

Richard Heath and Associates:
1-866-812-5766