• Payment Assistance Programs

  • We can help you prepare for and manage your energy bills through flexible payment options and assistance programs. The federal and state energy assistance programs below are available for eligible New Jersey residents.

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    Program provider
    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

    Who is eligible
    Very low-income residents

    Program overview
    This program helps provide finances for heating and cooling costs, and arranges emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance.

    How to apply
    Call 1-800-510-3102 or visit energyassistance.nj.gov.

    Universal Service Fund (USF)

    Program provider
    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

    Who is eligible
    Low-income residents

    Program overview
    This program helps residents afford their natural gas and electric costs by lowering their bill amounts.

    How to apply
    Call 1-866-240-1347 or visit energyassistance.nj.gov.

    Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE)

    Program provider
    The Public Board of Utilities

    Who is eligible
    Low to moderate-income residents that meet the following criteria:

    • Are not receiving LIHEAP or USF benefits for the current season
    • Have receipt of a past due bill notice, disconnection notice, or are currently disconnected
    • Have made two payments of at least $25 within the past six months, or $75 ($150 if for a combined gas and electric account) in the past 90 days

    Program overview
    This program provides credit for natural gas and electric bills for residents who have receipt of a past due bill notice, receipt of a disconnection notice, or who are currently disconnected. 

    How to apply
    Call 732-982-8710 or visit njpoweron.org.

    lifeline

    Program provider
    The New Jersey Department of Human Services

    Who is eligible
    Low to moderate-income residents of 65 years or older or 18 years of age or older and receiving Social Security Title II Disability benefits.

    Program overview
    This program provides a $225 credit on electric and gas utility bills.

    How to apply
    Call 800-792-9745 or visit www.state.nj.us.

    New Jersey Shares

    Program provider
    New Jersey SHARES, Inc.

    Who is eligible
    Moderate-income residents

    Program overview
    This program provides financial assistance for residents who are in need of temporary financial assistance and can provide proof of a good-faith payment history.

    How to apply
    Call 1-866-657-4273 or visit njshares.org.

    Helping Hands

    Program provider
    Atlantic City Electric

    Who is eligible
    Eligibility based on income and need

    Program overview
    If you are having difficulty paying your Atlantic City Electric bill, you may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $200 from our Helping Hands Energy Assistance Program.

    How to apply
    You can contact any of these non-profit organizations:

    • Affordable Housing Alliance: 732-389-2204
    • Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden: 856-342-4100
    • New Jersey SHARES: 1-866-657-4273
    • People for People Foundation of Gloucester County: 856-579-7561

  • For more information about energy assistance programs, call 2-1-1, New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 throughout the state, or visit  nj211.org.