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, or DC 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:
30% off on your PEPCO electricity bill (up to $475 per year);
25% off on your Washington Gas bill during the winter season (up to $276 per season); and
About $65 off on your DC Water bill each month ($780 per year).
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 eligibility requirements and application process are 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.
get help paying for your utilities?
DO YOU WANT TO
Am I supported through this Process?
Are there refunds if I’m unhappy with the course?
Since the valuable knowledge contained in this course CANNOT be unlearned once learned, this course is NON-REFUNDABLE. No exceptions.
When does this course start?
The course opens 3 times a year. If you email us, we will tell you when the next intake begins.
Who is this course for?
It is for those people who want to turn their skills and their passions into valuable online training. It will help you decide what to teach (if you do not already know), and it will show you how to construct your online program, host it and then launch it.
But I don’t have an existing business?
That doesn’t matter. This course will take you from zero to launch.
Is there a guarantee of results with this course?
We have been coaches for over 10 years, half of that time our programs have been online. As you can imagine we have many hundreds of success stories in that time. That being said, it would be illegal and unethical for us to guarantee your success.
What time should I show up for the module lessons?
There is no specific time, The modules are drip fed to you weekly to prevent overwhelm. Once you have your log-in you are good to go.
How much work should I put in?
That depends on how badly you want to be successful! If you are serious about claiming back your freedom and launching an online course then you will need no encouragement from us to put in as much dedicated hard work as it takes. However if you're looking for a ballpark figure we expect you to spend at least 5 hours a week studying and mastering the material.
Is this training in person or online?
This training is exclusively online.
How long do I have access to Blue Cow’s Digital Course Blueprint?
You will have lifetime access to the course.
4. Gather more information.
What happens after I apply?
We—DC Government—will tell you if you have been approved by phone or email within two business days of applying. You can also call 311 to get an update on your application.
You’ll start seeing the credits and/or discounts on your bills within two billing cycles of when you applied (about two months after). They’ll cover charges starting the day you applied.
Are there any additional requirements I should know about?
Who should I contact if I have questions?
First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to our Affordability and Efficiency team at (202) 535-2600, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Or, you can email us at email@example.com with the subject line, “LIHEAP/UDP Question.”
I still need help with my utilities. What should I do?
You can find information about other resources that might help on our utilities resources page.
Frequently Asked Questions
My utility has been turned off or will be soon. Can you help me?
An notarized income statement,
A screenshot of your "Claimant Profile" page on the Department of Employment Services (DOES) website showing that your "Balance" is zero ( see example),
A recent letter from your former employer stating that you no longer work there (if you've lost your job but are not yet receiving unemployment benefits from DOES), OR
A recent letter from the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) stating that your household doesn't have any income
Do all eligible applicants get utility assistance?
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This page was last updated May 2021.