BC Hydro Gives Hundreds In Savings & 3-Month Bill Holidays If You Lost Income To COVID-19
A sigh of relief.
COVID-19 has got a ton of people worried about bill payments, but at least one power company's got your back. Your BC Hydro bills will be completely free for the next three months if you've lost your income because of the novel coronavirus. If you're struggling financially due to the pandemic, this could be just what you're waiting for.
BC Hydro said people who lost their incomes over COVID-19 won't have to pay their electric bills for three months in a conference on Wednesday, April 1. This includes anyone from individuals to small businesses that were forced to close due to the pandemic.
The average electric bill sits at around $159 per month. By getting rid of payments for three months, you'll be saving a total $477, none of which needs to be repaid.
"We expect to have the application forms ready for residential customers to start applying by the end of next week," said BC Hydro to Narcity. You'll be able to apply on their site when the forms are available.
If you're still having trouble making ends meet, you can apply forin grants from BC Hydro, given to people unable to pay their bills and facing financial hardships.
All the info about how they're helping out British Columbians is on their website.
"People who have lost their jobs or are unable to work due to COVID-19 shouldn't have to choose between paying their rent or mortgage and paying their hydro bill," said B.C. Minister of Energy Bruce Ralston.
All you need to be eligible for the three months is to be facing financial hardships and trouble paying bills.
These people include those who've been laid off, those with reduced hours, those in quarantine, those caring their children and therefore unable to work, and those self-employed with lowered work available.
BC Hydro also told Narcity that you'll need to prove your loss of income, as well as be an account holder from before Sunday, March 15, 2020.
"We hope that not having to worry about their electricity costs for a few months will help provide someduring these challenging times," said Chris O'Riley, president and CEO of BC Hydro in a press release.
As a bonus for everyone, the company is also reducing its rates for the first time in decades and all bills will be 1% cheaper now after April 1, 2020.