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1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can get help paying for their electricity, gas, oil, and/or water bills. We—DC Government—will pay between $250 and $1,800 per year toward your utility bills from either PEPCO, Washington Gas, C & M Oil, or Griffith Oil. The amount you receive depends on your household size, what type of home you live in, and your typical bill amount. This assistance is part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


In addition, we will also help you lower your electricity, gas, and/or water bills by providing:

  • About 30% off on your PEPCO electricity bill (up to $475 per year);

  • 46% off on your Washington Gas bill from November to April (up to $276 during the winter season); and

  • About $77 off on your DC Water bill each month.

This assistance is provided by the Utility Discount Program (UDP). You need to reapply in September of each year to continue receiving LIHEAP and UDP assistance. Both LIHEAP and UDP are offered by the Department of Energy and Environment. The application process is the same for both programs.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • Your home is in DC.

  • Your name or the name of someone in your household is listed on your utility bills. If not, you must be able to show that someone in your household owns your home or is responsible for paying your utility bill.

  • And if one of these statements is true:

    • Your household receives support from at least one of the following programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or​

    • Your household’s annual gross income—your income before paying taxes—is at or below the limits based on your household size. You can check by answering the two questions below.

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This page was last updated October 2022.

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