Discount or exemption? Find out how to request a specific allowance on your electricity bill!

Keep your budget balanced in 2024. Discover how the Social Tariff can alleviate your electricity bill costs.

The year 2024 promises to bring financial challenges for Brazilians, with an average increase of 5.6% in the electricity bill.

The outlook exceeds the estimated inflation projection of 3.87%, according to the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel).

This increase in electricity bills will directly impact consumers, making the search for strategies that minimize costs even more relevant.

Save on your electricity bill in 2024! (Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia / pronatec.pro.br).

How to get discounts on your electricity bill?

In this context, the Social Tariff program stands out as a crucial alternative for low-income families to face challenges related to electricity tariffs.

Financed by the Energy Development Account (CDE) and the Incentive Program for Alternative Electricity Sources (Proinfa), this program has already benefited more than 24 million Brazilians in 2022 alone.

To benefit from the Social Tariff, it is essential to meet specific criteria. Being a low-income residential customer, being registered in the Single Registry (CadÚnico) and having a per capita monthly family income of less than half the minimum wage are some of the requirements for eligibility.

An important change occurred from 2022, with a partnership between Aneel and the Ministry of Social Development (MDS). Now, the benefit request process has become simpler, eliminating the need for action on the part of consumers.

All you need to do is be registered with CadÚnico and comply with the eligibility rules for the Federal Government to automatically identify and include the discount in your electricity bill.

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What is the discount percentage?

The Social Tariff program, in force for around 21 years, offers discounts and exemptions on electricity bills, being an important initiative to help low-income families have access to an essential service, such as electricity, without compromising further the household budget.

It is essential to understand how the discounts offered by the Social Tariff work. In the residential tariff category, discounts are cumulative and vary according to monthly energy consumption:

65% discount for monthly consumption between 0 and 30 kWh; 40% discount for monthly consumption between 31 and 100 kWh; 10% discount for monthly consumption between 101 and 220 kWh; Above 221 kWh there are no discounts offered.

This staggered approach ensures that families who consume less, often the most vulnerable, receive significant relief from their electricity expenses.

Who can request discounts on their electricity bill?

Namely, to be entitled to the Social Tariff, it is necessary to meet specific criteria established in the regulations:

Be a low-income residential customer; Be registered in the Single Registry (CadÚnico); Have a per capita monthly family income of less than half the minimum wage.

In the case of families with people with disabilities who require the continuous use of electrical appliances, the monthly income must be up to three minimum wages.

These criteria are essential to ensure that the Social Tariff is targeted at low-income families who really need this benefit, offering them adequate support for access to electricity.

With the expected increase in electricity bills in 2024, the Social Tariff becomes an even more relevant tool to ensure that low-income families have access to this essential service without compromising their finances.

Therefore, it is important that those who meet the eligibility criteria take advantage of this opportunity to reduce their electricity costs.

Therefore, be sure to ensure a more balanced household budget in 2024.

Also know: See how to request an EXEMPTION from your electricity bill in just 4 steps

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