HELLO, I AM AN UNEMPLOYED RESIDENT OF COLUMBIA, SC AND I AM TRYING TO FIND HELP PAYING MY ELECTRIC BILL. I HAVE TRIED ALL OF THE AGENCIES HERE IN COLUMBIA, SC AND I'M BEING TOLD THAT THEY ARE ALL OUT OF FUNDS FOR THIS MONTH, BUT THAT I CAN TRY AGAIN NEXT MONTH TO SEE IF THERE ARE FUNDS AVAILABLE. BUT WHAT DO I DO NOW, WHERE DO I GO, IF THERE IS SOMEONE THAT CAN HELP ME OR LEAD ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, I WILL BE SO THANKFUL. I KNOW THAT IT IS THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT OF WORK AND OUT OF MONEY,BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT PAY THERE BILLS ALL YEAR WHY CAN'T THE ELECTRIC COMPANIES UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE JUST DO NOT HAVE THE FUNDS TO PAY THESE BILLS. NO ONE WANTS TO BE IN THE COLD AND THE DARK FOR CHRISTMAS BUT THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WILL BE, AN UNLESS I CAN FIND HELP BY THE 15TH OF DECEMBER, WE WILL BE ANOTHER FAMILY IN THE COLD. PLEASE IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT CAN ASSIST US PLEASE DO. PLEASE CONTACT ME @ DLABNEY27@YAHOO.COM
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There are many ways you can reduce electricity use in your home and help reduce your energy bills. Also, if you're interested in using a small renewable energy system to make your own electricity, reducing your electricity loads will help make your system more cost effective.
You can reduce electricity use in your home by focusing on where and how you use electricity in these areas:
Purchase energy-efficient products and operate them efficiently.
Purchase energy-efficient electric systems and operate them efficiently. Incorporate passive solar design concepts into your home, which include using energy-efficient windows. Properly insulate and air seal your home. Select an energy-efficient heating system that doesn't use electricity.
Im a single mother of6 children unemployed and in need of financial assistance with paying my bills and also with school loths etc.I do the best i can for my children but right now im very nervous about my bills at home its like a stress on my brain that i cant let up its hard raising 6 children but im doing it i just really could use a helping hand right now.I done tried calling agencies 4 assistance never get threw.Im running out of time and options i could really use some guidance
MY NAME IS TIFANIE I HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYEED SINCE LAST AUG 2008 AND IN DEC OF 2009 MY HUSBAND WAS LAID OFF AS WELL. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING EVERY WHERE FOR WORK IN CALIFORNIA WERE WE LIVE AND NOTHING WE HAVE EVEN STARTED LOOKING OUT OF STATE. NOT KNOWING HOW WE WOULD WOULD GET THERE IF WE GOT ON OUT OF STATE BUT WE AND IN NEED OF WORK ASAP. WE ARE GETTING UNEMPLOYMENT BUT WHAT WE BRING IN TOGETHER IT IS BARLY MAKING THE BILLS, ALL OF THEM ARE PAID BUT THE ELECTRIC BILL, I JUST GOT A LETTER FROM THEM TODAY THAT IS IT IS NOT PAID(THE PAST DUE AMOUNT) IT WILL BE SHUT OFF BY THE 14TH, THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSONE IN MY WHOLE FAMILY WHOM IS WORKING AND MY MOM CAN'T HELP US , SHE IS BARLY MAKING IT HER SELF, I AM ALREADY ON THE C.A.R.E. PROGRAM WITH SDG&E, BUT IT IS ALL WE CAN GET, WE ARE TRYING BUT THERE IS A WAITING LIST FOR MORE HELP.............. I HAVE NEVER ASKED FOR HELP BEFORE, SO THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME, BUT I REALLY NEED THE HELP PAYING MY BILL RIGHT NOW IT IS SUMMER TIME AND IT IS GOING TO BE HOT, ON TOP OF ALL THAT EVERYTHING IN MY APT. IS ELECTRIC SO IF IT GOES OFF I CAN'T EVEN FEED MY FAMILY. PLEASE HELP ME........................
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME
This program can help eliminate your worries about paying your electric bill during your hospital stay. Hospicare delays your electric bill payments until you leave the hospital. When you leave the hospital after an extended period, we will arrange a payment schedule with you. Contact Tampa Electric for more information.
Medical Watch is a notification program that identifies Tampa Electric customers who have been certified by their Florida-licensed physician as dependent upon electricity-powered life support equipment. Tampa Electric representatives will notify these customers when disconnection of electric service is required for non-payment of an electric bill; or when planned service interruptions must occur for power line equipment maintenance. For more information, contact Tampa Electric at (813) 225-5051 (Hillsborough County), (863) 298-6051 (Polk County), or 1-888-223-0800 (all other counties and out-of-state).
Neighborhood Radio Watch
Our specially trained employees are equipped with two-way radio vehicles to alert local law enforcement agencies of crimes, fires, accidents and other emergencies or potential neighborhood problems.
SHARE helps senior customers who are low-income and/or medically disabled pay their energy-related bills. Tampa Electric customers may make a voluntary, tax deductible contribution with their monthly electric bill payment. You can request an online form to make a monthly SHARE donation that will be included with your business electric bill or residential electric bill. If you chose to make a one-time contribution, enclose a check or money order for any amount payable to Salvation Army Share, c/o Tampa Electric, PO Box 111, Tampa Florida 33601.
Donations are collected by Tampa Electric and forwarded to the Salvation Army to help eligible senior clients. To determine if you qualify to receive assistance as a SHARE recipient, call (813) 226-0055.
TTY for the hearing-impaired
The Customer Care Department is equipped with a TTY device (special text telephone equipment for customers with hearing and/or speech disabilities). Customers requesting this service can call (TTY only) (813) 228-4613.
If you're over 60, own your home within Tampa Electric's service area and do not have the resources to weatherize your home, you may qualify for free home improvements available through Weather Care. This program, a joint service offered by Tampa Electric and The Centre for Women, is available exclusively to senior citizens on low, fixed incomes whose homes are in need of energy-related improvements.
The FPL Care To Share® Program is:
- sponsored by FPL and is designed to provide emergency assistance funds to customers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their electric bill
- funded by FPL corporate contributions, FPL employee donations and customer contributions
- administered by local non-profit and/or government agencies that qualify customers based on criteria established by FPL.
How much assistance can a customer receive?
A household may receive assistance of up to a maximum of $500 for electric service once in a 12-month period. Exceptions to this limit may be made by the administrating agency, based on special circumstances and with approval of FPL.
How to apply for assistance?
Customers seeking assistance may call FPL Customer Service, their local information and referral service, or the partner agency administering FPL Care To Share in their area. To inquire about FPL Care To Share assistance, view the list FPL Care To Share Partner Agencies. Here, you’ll find contact information (by county), including agency names and telephone numbers for the agency nearest you. Such agencies include The Salvation Army, government agencies and other social service providers.
You may be advised to apply in person at the Care To Share agency. You may also be required to provide proof of income for your entire household.
Each agency uses the program eligibility guidelines shown below in the qualifying process, but may add additional criteria, based on availability of funding, volume of applicants and other considerations. Households with seniors, children under 10 or those with disabled persons may be given priority consideration.
Please be aware that the need for assistance far exceeds the funding available, so many households may not receive assistance. Additionally, FPL plays no role in determining household eligibility or the amount of assistance an agency may provide. Such decisions are made solely by the administering agencies and their caseworkers/employees.
Who is eligible for Care To Share®?
To be eligible for FPL Care To Share® Program funds, FPL customers must:
- Physically reside in FPL’s service area
- Have an account with FPL or reside at the service location
- Have identification with the same address as the FPL account (client does not need to be customer of record to apply for assistance)
- Possess a delinquent FPL bill, final notice or disconnect notice (current bill may also be eligible, if the agency caseworker deems appropriate)
- Be in imminent danger of being disconnected (or have already had service disconnected)
- Have a plan to pay future bills
- Show proof of a personal or family crisis
- Have exhausted other available energy assistance sources, such as government funded programs
- Have a household income that falls at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (the incomes of all persons residing at the service address are to be included).
- Note: The administering agency may exercise flexibility in expanding income levels based on special recipient situations.
- Sign an Authorization for Release of General and/or Confidential Information not have a history of fraud or service tampering (the same applies to anyone living in the household). This may include - but not limited to - using a minor or fictitious name, unauthorized connection of the meter or tampering with the service in any way.
- Note: FPL views fraud and service tampering very seriously. A client with a history of fraud or service tampering is not permitted to receive an FPL Care To Share Program commitment, FPL reserves the right to pursue payment from the customer for any charges related to the fraud or service tampering activity. None of those charges can be paid for by FPL Care To Share Program funds.