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Who is entitled to a discount on their electricity bill in Israel?

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Last Updated on November 15, 2021

Discounts on electricity bills – are you entitled?

Hebrew: הנחות בחשבון החשמל בישראל

Certain sectors of Israel’s population are, according to the law, entitled to a discount on their electricity bill.

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I receive an allowance from Bituach Leumi.  Am I entitled to a discount?

Yes, indeed.  You are entitled to a discount if you are:

  • A pensioner
  • Elderly and disabled
  • Receiving a special services from Bituach Leumi
  • If you have a disabled child
  • If you have a child who requires specialized assistance
  • If you have a child who required specialized medical assistance
  • A person requiring constant nursing care
  • A person receiving an income stipend – ‘havtachat hachnasa’
  • A certified single parent caring for at least 3 children
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Force – IDF – under certain conditions

What is the actual discount?

Hevrat HaHashmal – The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) – gives you a 50% discount on the first 400 kilo-watts, you are responsible for the balance.

What do I need to do to get the discount?

  • If your electric bill is registered in your name then there is no need to do anything.  The electricity discount will automatically be deducted from your bill.  If for some reason you are not receiving the discount, call the Israel Electric Company at tel. no. 103 and inform them that you have not received the discount. If you are entitled to the discount retroactively, you will receive interest on the outstanding amount.
  • If your electric bill is not registered in your name then you must immediately have the account transferred to your name in order to get the discount.  Call 103.  Give them your identity number (teudat zehut) and arrange the transfer.  Once the transfer has been processed,  your discount should automatically be deducted from your account.  You will debited with a one-time administration fee.
  • If you live on a kibbutz, a hostel or retirement home,  liaise with the responsible person at your establishment, who will arrange the discount on your behalf.

Are new olim entitled to an electricity discount?

The Aliyah Benefit Basket – Sal Klitah – does not include electricity discounts. However, you may be eligible under the conditions listed above. Liaise with your Aliyah emissary, Bituach Leumi and the IEC

Save electricity

Do your bit to save electricity – switch off the lights, turn off the computer and TV when not in use. Install a timer on your hot water boiler and remember to install electricity saving light bulbs.

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