Georgia Public Service Commission reminds seniors of discounts

May is ‘Older Americans Month’ and the Georgia Public Service Commission wants to make sure eligible senior citizens are aware that they can receive discounts on their gas, electric and telephone bills in the form of a senior citizen discount or, in the case of telephone bills “lifeline assistance.”

Seniors receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, Medicaid, or a senior citizen discount offered by a local gas or power company, may receive up to a $9.25 credit on monthly telephone bills. This credit is provided through a program called Lifeline Assistance Program.

Customers of Georgia Power Company who are 65 years of age or older with a total household income of $23,540, or less, per year qualify to receive a monthly discount of $18 applied to the customer’s pre-fuel monthly bill amount. Also, seniors who get this discount will receive up to a $6 per month fuel credit to their bills. The electric service must be individually metered and in the senior’s name.

Customers with a total household income of $24,980 or less and who are 65 years of age or older qualify to receive up to a $14 credit to their bill. Also, the bill must be in the name of the senior who applies for the discount. The credit is applied to the Atlanta Gas Light Company base charge portion of the bill.

Contact service provider(s) to enroll.