Lower Your Bill

If you would like to lower your bill, you may be eligible for one of the discount or assistance programs below. MCE customers are eligible for PG&E programs.

Discount Programs

As an MCE customer, you are eligible for discount programs, including the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program, Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Medical Baseline. Please note that special rate customers receive their discounts on the electricity delivery portion of their bills, so customers who are already enrolled will maintain their discounts with MCE; there is no need to reapply.

Qualified households receive deep discounts on their energy bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program. CARE eligibility is based on public assistance program participation or based on the number of individuals in your household and total gross household income. To learn more about CARE and how to apply, visit PG&E’s CARE webpage.

The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program can provide a monthly discount on your electric bills. The program is designed for income-qualified households of three or more persons whose household income is within 100%-125% of the CARE qualifying threshold. To learn more about FERA and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s FERA webpage.

Medical Baseline Allowance is a financial assistance program for residential customers that have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. To learn more about Medical Baseline and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s Medical Baseline webpage.

LIHEAP is a federally funded assistance program overseen by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and administered by 32 Action Agencies throughout California. Services include the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), and LIHEAP Weatherization. To learn more about LIHEAP, please visit California Department of Community Services & Development’s LIHEAP webpage.

Energy Assistance Programs

The Energy Savings Assistance Program offers free energy efficiency improvements such as installation of insulation, caulking and light bulbs, and replacement of appliances such as refrigerators, water heaters, and furnaces. Participants must live in a house, mobile home or apartment that is at least five years old and meet income guidelines. To learn more about the Energy Savings Assistance program and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s ESAP webpage.

The Single-family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program provides incentives to qualified low-income homeowners to help offset the costs of a solar electric system. The SASH program is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and administered by GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization. To learn more about the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes Program and how to apply, please visit GRID Alternative’s SASH webpage.

LIWP installs solar photovoltaics (PV), solar hot water heaters, and energy efficiency measures in eligible low‐income single family and multi‐family dwellings in disadvantaged communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. To learn more about the Low Income Weatherization Program, please visit California Department of Community Services & Development’s LIWP webpage.

The REACH one-time program helps you pay for energy during a crisis. REACH provides an energy credit for up to $300 based on the past due bill amount. To learn more about REACH and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s REACH webpage.

Energy Efficiency Programs for Non-residential & Multifamily Properties

MCE offers rebates, technical assistance and financing for non-residential and multifamily properties. Take advantage of our no-cost, walk-through energy assessments for qualifying business and multifamily properties. We also offer direct install measures — like swapping out incandescent bulbs for high efficiency lighting and installing water saving fixtures — at little to no cost to you.