Good Samaritans who want to support people who need help paying for utilities can often work through local charities, and some utilities make it easy for customers to add donations on top of a monthly statement.
For example, Puget Sound Energy encourages donations to the Salvation Army Warm Home Fund. PSE allows customers to donate by checking a box on the montly statement (either online or on paper).
Seattle City Light asks customers to donate to Project SHARE, either by contributing online or by completing the form included in each month's billing statement.
Energy assistance from governments and charities
- Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
- City of Seattle Utility Discount Program
- United Way of King County's 2-1-1 Community Information Line:
- HopeLink's energy assistance program.
- Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) -- Washington state guide and list of participating utilities.
- Kitsap Community Resources -- Energy Assistance: 360-479-1507
- Snohomish County energy assistance program: 425-388-3880.
Utilities' energy assistance programs
- Puget Sound Energy's Home Energy Lifeline Program (HELP).
- Additional Puget Sound Energy resources.
- Seattle City Light
- Tacoma Public Utilities payment assistance program
- Everett Public Utilities District assistance for senior citizens and the disabled.
Know of other programs and resources? Please drop them in the comments section of this page.