If you're having trouble affording your utility bills, there are some options for help. Below is an overview of the assistance programs available through Sussex Rural.
- Levelized Billing helps even out your monthly payments by using a 12-month rolling average of your actual consumption. This is especially helpful for people with electric heat or who use air conditioning. You have to be current in your payments to be eligible for this program.
- Payment Arrangements can be made between a member and Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative to help you catch up on your electric bill. If you are not currently enrolled in a payment arrangement plan with Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative, you can apply by calling our office. This payment plan allows you to pay your outstanding account balance over a period of 12 months (for balances $600 and below) or 18 months (for balances higher than $600). No down payment is required and payments are to be made in equal installments. Your monthly payment plan amount will be included in your future monthly bills. If you need payment assistance, reach out today.
To see if you qualify for either of these options, please contact our office by calling 973-875-5101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help exists outside of the Co-op as well. Below are several organizations and other resources that Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative members in need may be eligible for. Click the tabs below to display more information.
New Jersey 211 is a free information and referral service that connects people with resources that are best suited to meet their specific needs. The 211 service is available nationwide and works on a state level to provide struggling individuals and families with a database of over 10,000 local programs and services that cover needs like housing, utility assistance, employment, and more.
NJ 211 is open 24/7, 365 days a year. It is a confidential, multilingual, and absolutely free longstanding service which is a great resource for Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative members in need of aid.
To receive help from NJ 211, simply use your phone to dial 2-1-1, or text your ZIP code to 898-211. You can also visit their website at www.nj211.org to find more information on how they can help you.
Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative members in need of energy assistance may be eligible to participate in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, HEAP, or HEA. This program is offered in Sussex County through Family Promise of Sussex County.
The Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded grant program designed to assist low-income New Jersey residents in paying their winter heating bills and summer cooling bills under certain circumstances. You can find a current fact sheet on the program here.
You can determine if your household is eligible for this program using the chart below:
If you are eligible, complete an application and submit it to your local application agency, which for Sussex County residents is Family Promise of Sussex County. You can submit your application using one of the following methods:
- To submit your application in person, visit 19 Church Street, Newton, NJ 07860
- To call for more information on other options, dial 973-579-1180
Important Notes for SREC members participating in LIHEAP:
You are subject to being disconnected even during the Winter Moratorium.
You must reapply every year. Applications for the 2022 period will be accepted from October 1st, 2021 to June 30th, 2022.
You must notify Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative that you have been accepted in the program. They do not inform us directly.
Required documentation is extensive and applications are not accepted without all the items. Be sure you have everything before going to apply.
Lifeline is a utility assistance program that aims to provide funding for qualifying disabled and senior citizens who need assistance in paying their utility bills. Recipients must reapply annually to continue to receive their $225 annual benefit.
In order to qualify for Lifeline, beneficiaries must be a recipient of Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) or meet PAAD eligibility requirements, or be a recipient of either Medical Assistance to the Aged (MAA), Medical Assistance Only (MAO), or New Jersey Care. To be eligible for PAAD, you must be a New Jersey resident who is 65 or older (or between 18 and 64 and receiving Social Security Disability) and have an income that is less than $38,769 (single household) or less than $45,270 (married).
Click here for more information, or call the Lifeline hotline at 1-800-792-9745.
Social Services in New Jersey may be aware of additional resources and programs. For assistance in Sussex County, call them at 973-383-3600 or visit their website.
If you are struggling and any of these options seem like something that would help you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Call our office at 973-875-5101 and ask for more details. We will let you know if you are eligible to enroll.