For Immediate Release: December 18, 2017

Give a Helping Hand with EnergyHELP

SMUD thanks customers who donate every month to provide assistance to others in the community


Some Sacramento residents find it tough to make ends meet, particularly during the holiday season. With EnergyHELP, SMUD customers can quickly and easily help others in the community who are struggling to pay their electric bills.

Participating in EnergyHELP is easy. Customers can sign up at in about two minutes. They simply enter their account information, choose a donation amount and choose one of four partner nonprofit agencies—Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, the Salvation Army, Travelers Aid Emergency Assistance Agency or the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. Those agencies then provide up to $200 in bill assistance to low-income customers whose electric power has been, or is about to be, disconnected for non-payment.


The agencies also work directly with the households receiving bill assistance to provide in-person resources and support to help them get back on track and moving toward a more stable future. So far this year, the agencies have assisted more than 4,000 community members via the EnergyHELP program.


About 14,000 SMUD customers now donate monthly to EnergyHELP. Typical monthly tax-deductible donations range between $1 and $10, but some customers contribute as much as $100 per month. By December 31, SMUD customers will have donated more than $500,000 this year.


Since its inception in 2004, EnergyHELP has raised more than $5 million and benefitted more than 37,000 households in crisis.


If you have any questions or suggestions about the EnergyHELP program, contact us at