Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced it is working with Goodwill Southern California to promote its energy efficiency and money-saving programs for qualifying customers. The Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program and the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) bill discount program help customers save money on their SoCalGas bill while also helping to improve the safety and comfort of their homes.

“Now more than ever, we need to make sure that all customers who qualify for these programs are aware of them and are getting signed up,” said Brian Prusnek, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas. “With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many families in Southern California economically, programs like these could help immensely.

“Qualifying customers are not only eligible for a 20 percent discount on their monthly SoCalGas bill from CARE; if they also take advantage of the ESA Program for home retrofits as well, their combined annual savings could grow to over $800,” said Prusnek. “Our partnership with Goodwill is another example of our commitment to our customers and our communities so that they have clean, reliable and affordable energy.”

“Goodwill Southern California is proud to partner with SoCalGas, an organization that recognizes the importance of giving back to the community,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of Goodwill Southern California. “We are particularly appreciative that this alliance will provide relief for families in the communities we serve.”

In addition to providing printed materials and applications inside 10 retail stores, SoCalGas will also work with employees at Goodwill SoCal Employment Centers who can work directly with their clients to provide information on SoCalGas’s energy- and money-saving measures.

The CARE assistance program aims to aid people in paying their utility bills. Qualifying customers can receive a 20 percent discount on their SoCalGas bill each month and save an average of $145 dollars over two years through this program. Currently, SoCalGas has over 1.5 million customers enrolled in the CARE program. This is especially important in light of increasing economic impacts caused by the pandemic.

The ESA program provides eligible customers with home improvements, at no cost to the renter or homeowner, that help conserve energy, reduce natural gas use and will enhance their safety, health, and comfort. SoCalGas provides this service to over 100,000 customers a year. Those who qualify receive services and professionally installed upgrades worth hundreds of dollars. Improvements may include clothes washer replacement, water heater replacement, furnace replacement, attic insulation, door weather-stripping and more. This program helps customers save money on energy – up to $700 annually.

To qualify for either CARE or ESA, the customer or someone in the customer’s household must be enrolled in a public assistance program or meet income qualifications. To learn more, visit socalgas.com/assistance.