In Houston, low income residential families have the opportunity to sign up on a new government program to assist families in obtaining a lower electric rate then they could achieve on their own. The way this program works is for you to go ahead and pick a low cost Houston electric company such as Affordable Energy. Once you have picked an electric provider the Texas 80th legislature has approved many low income families to receive an electric discount from their electric provider subsidized by the Texas government.
Who is qualified to receive a Houston electric rate discount?
If you are receiving food stamps or Medicaid then you automatically qualify for this program and will automatically be included. A problem could occur if the information you have provided the Houston Electric Provider does not match what the department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has on you. If you are not receiving aid via Medicaid or food stamps you may still apply if your total income is less than 125% of the federal poverty guideline.
When do the discounts happen?
You will have have your Houston electric bill discounted in May, June, July, August, and September of 2008 as well as May, June, July, of August 2009. The discount will begin at the time you are approved for the program once the information has been received by the Houston electric provider. Some Houston electric companies cannot provide the needed discount in July. In this case you will be credited on your electric bill for this in August.
How do I apply for Lite-Up Texas?
You can apply for this Houston electric rate discount program by calling this number: 1-866-454-8387
You will need to provide the following information when you call:
- A Houston electric Bill
- Two months showing proof of income
The electric discount is about 12% less then what you would normally pay your Houston electric company. Some people may qualify for additional electric bill assistance. There are assistance programs are offered by TDHCA as well as many retail electric providers. You can contact TDHCA at 1-877-399-8939 to see if you may qualify for additional assistance.