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Matching Payment Program

If you need help paying your energy bills, Eversource can help you.

Eversource's Matching Payment Program allows you to maintain year-round electric or gas heating service and possibly eliminate back balances, if you qualify and pay an agreed-upon amount on time each month. 

Here’s how it works. (Information about how to receive Matching Payments is also available as a PDF).

Eversource, through the Matching Payment Program, will match your payments once you are approved for and receive energy assistance from Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). For every dollar you pay toward your bill, a dollar will be credited to your past-due amount.

So, you pay a portion, energy assistance pays a portion, and Eversource pays a portion. Making all required payments in the Matching Payment Program protects your household from shut-off, in addition to getting the payment match.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a current Eversource residential customer and heat your home with electricity or natural gas.
  • Your household income must be at or below 60 percent of the estimated state median income.
  • You must have CEAP energy assistance funds applied directly to your Eversource account.
  • You must continue to pay your payment arrangement amount on time each month.

If you cannot afford your required monthly payment, please call us at 800-286-2828 to see if you qualify for a reduced payment (Below Budget Payment). If you’re eligible, we will refer you to your local Community Action Agency to help you process an application (Below Budget Worksheet). 

If you are interested in enrolling, please contact a Community Action Program near you, or dial 211.