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Energy savings for low-income families

Low-income residents are eligible for discounts on their electric bills authorized by the state of Texas.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas OK’d a 15.5 percent discount on electric bills effective in May for low-income residential customers in areas participating in retail electric competition. The current LITE-UP Texas program is funded through August and amounts to an average monthly discount of $40 or more.
A customer qualifies if family income is at or below 125 percent of federal poverty level guidelines — $27,563 annually for a family of four — or if the customer receives benefits like food stamps or Medicaid.
The customer must have an electric account in an area with retail customer choice. Residents of master or sub-metered apartments cannot get the discount. The discount does not affect eligibility for any other government benefit.
Funding for the discount comes from the System Benefit Fund. The fund collects 65 cents per 1,000 kWh from electric customers in areas of retail electric competition within Texas.
Most eligible customers are automatically enrolled through a matching system operated by the Low-Income Discount Administrator — the PUC estimates nearly 500,000 customers will receive discounts statewide each month through that service.

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