Energy Conservation, Weatherization and
Utility Assistance Programs

Utility assistance programs helps low-income clients who need assistance paying their utilities, receive discounts, receive assistance during crisis and learn through consumer education how to conserve energy and reduce their energy burdens that results in savings. 

These programs include:

Upgrade Your Way into Energy Savings

Energy-efficient home improvements can make your home more comfortable and save you money now and for years to come. SDG&E has programs that can help you get started.

Home Upgrade Programs

Energy Efficient Appliances

Replacing old appliances with new energy-efficient models is a quick and easy way to reduce monthly energy costs. SDG&E offers rebates to help reduce the up-front costs of new appliances. See what rebates are currently available.


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HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)

HEAP assists clients who are in need help paying their electric or gas bill.  Clients determine which bill they need help.  Clients supply information that will be used to determine an established benefit amount which will appear as a credit on the clients’ bill.  If the bill is included in the clients rent, the client receives a check in the benefit amount.  Assistance is 1 (one) time every 12 months.

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ECIP or F/T (Energy Crisis Intervention Program or Fast Track)

ECIP assists clients who are in crisis of having their electric or gas service disconnected or that their electric or gas has been disconnected.   Clients whose utilities are included in their rent DO NOT qualify for ECIP/FT.  ECIP/FT pledges are called into the appropriate utility company indicating an application has been processed with the pledge amount to postpone or stop the pending loss of service.  If the service is already disconnected, the client is responsible for all deposits and/or reconnection fees.

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City of Rancho Santa Margarita, Minor Home Repair Grant

Grants up to $5,000 for low-income seniors and disabled persons who
own and live in a single family home in the City of Rancho Santa
Margarita. The repairs of single family homes are for minor repairs and improvements that address home-owners’ basic health, safety, and accessibility concerns.

Eligibility requirements for Minor Home Repair Grant Program:
·         You are a homeowner and reside in the home needing repairs
·         At least 62 years old or have a disability
·         A household income that falls within HUD’s Income limits  
·         The availability of program funds

Minor Home Repair Grant Program income limits are established by the U.S. Dept. HUD & are revised annually.
2016 Income Limits

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Examples of Eligible Repairs
·         Safety: installation of smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
·         Earthquake safety: water heater brace & seismic gas shutoff valve
·         Accessibility: wheelchair ramps, wood steps, handrails - hand held showers, bath/shower seats, toilet seat risers & grab bars
·         Interior: flooring, minor wall/ceiling, doors & windows
·         Minor electrical: light fixtures, outlets & switches
·         Minor plumbing: faucets, toilets & water heater
·         Exterior building: gutters, vents, siding, trim, fascia & stucco patch
·         Exterior: fences, gates, porches, steps and walkways
·         Roof: repairs

How do i apply for either or both programs?  

Call the Program Administrator:
Community Action Partnership
of Orange County
(714) 839-6199 or (800) 660-4232

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California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) Program

PG&E knows that it can be difficult to cover all of your expenses each month. That's why we offer the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)
Program. CARE gives qualified households deep discounts on their energy bills. CLiCK HERE for more Info...

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Weatherization Services

Weatherization programs are designed to lower utility bills and increase comfort in the home.   All work is provided at no cost to income eligible homeowners and renters through programs offered by The Southern California and federally funded programs (LIHEAP/ECIP)

Weatherization Programs

  1. Federally Funded Programs- LIHEAP and ECIP
    • LIHEAP-Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program



Basic Weatherization (same as So Cal Gas), plus Health & Safety repairs, and additional minor home repairs.

  • Weather-Stripping – Low Flow Showerheads
  • Caulking- Faucet Aerators
  • Attic Insulation – Duct Testing and Sealing
  • Switch & Outlet Gaskets – Door Replacements 
  • Glass Replacement – Window Replacement
  • Combustion Air Ventilation  CAS Testing
  • CO Detectors – Thermostats
  • Exhaust Venting – Duct Repair & Replacement
  • Water Heater Repair and Replacement
  • Furnace Repair and Replacement
  • Blower Door Testing – Smoke Detectors
  • Higher Limits on Doors, Windows and Minor Home Repair


    • ECIP – Energy Crisis Intervention Program


Heater repair /replacement; homeowners only and after client has called Gas Co. to check appliances.

LIHEAP/ECIP Income Guidelines 2014

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  • SOCAL GAS – Southern California Gas Co


Weatherization for renters and homeowners may include glass and exterior door replacement. The SOCAL program is available to income eligible renters and homeowners.  The guidelines for qualifying for SOCAL GAS are the same as LIHEAP/ECIP.

  • Weather-Stripping – Low Flow Showerheads
  • Caulking – Faucet aerators
  • Attic Insulation – Duct Testing and Sealing
  • Switch & Outlet Gaskets- Door Replacements
  • Combustion Air Ventilation – Other Minor Repairs
  • Natural Gas Appliance Testing

Check out the History of the Weatherization Assistance Program

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Refrigerator Replacement

A client may qualify, based on guidelines, for a energy efficient replacement refrigerator at no cost to the client.  Replacement consists of removing and disposing of the client’s old refrigerator and replacing with
a new energy efficient unit.

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Other programs operated by this department to help low-income populations include:

Information and Referrals

We also provide referral phone numbers for other agencies who assist with various services for the low-income and/or vulnerable population. The agency also provides application assistance to access other services.

Documentation Required

  • Valid CA picture Drivers Licenses or ID
  • Valid Social Security card or proof of Social Security number
  • Verification of total gross (before taxes) household income for the last 30 days
  • Current, within 30 days, gas and electric bills
  • Verification of home ownership for weatherization
  • Renters will need the owner’s name and phone number

For more information or assistance, please call our multi-lingual toll free hot line at :

For Assistance call:  714-839-6199 8am to 4pm PST.


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