Can electricity company disconnect you after April 15 with an infant in the house?
Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:59 AM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:31 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:17 PM
ITA with hege. Contact Community Action and ask who you can turn to for help.
Most utility companies have an 'off season' payment plan that will work for you during warm weather months if you don't qualify for assistance.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:11 PM
I have applied for assistance for getting help withelectricity bill, I did receive a little to pay the bill, but seriously notenough and our bill is still high. We got a call on answering machine sayingpayment is due by april 2 or service will be disconnected april 3. Now is thereany other assistance we can go through to get help with our bill? I have a 7 weekold baby in the house, can they actually disconnect us? We have tried to make payment arrangementswith them, but it depends if we got the money or not, and the ppl that work there are so rude and snotty. My husband worksfulltime, but his checks go to the house payment and I work only 2 weeks out ofthe month and we are in such crisis with our bills and stuff already. Is thereany other ways to work it our or get assistance with our utility bill? I knowthere is no way we can come up with one lump sum by april 15 unless a miraclehappens.
Call them back. Tell them to apply the helping hand funds (Maybe called something else in other states). It should be around $100.00. They should do that automatically for those that are behind and got heating assistance in the winter. Also, tell them you are going to apply for Cash assistance, Food stamps at the local welfare office, you may also qualify for WIC. Work requirement should be waived for you because you have an infant-some states don't have work requirements. You should be eligible for some if not all of the programs since you were eligible for heating assistance. The salvation army can sometime help as well. The problem with them is they don't have the funds a lot of the time.
Edited by groze, 28 March 2012 - 08:13 PM.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:42 AM
Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:56 PM
As a regulator, they will not play games, just explain to you what your options are with that particular utility company. WIC I'm familiar with but it's a Federal program. Receiving certain types of aid isn't usually a qualifier, especially if this is a grandchild. You're right, times are tight but the phone is ringing off the hook and there are fewer dollars to go around for everyone in need.
If you have previously set up a payment plan with that utility and defaulted on the plan and not paid as agreed that may keep you from being eligible for another plan.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:44 PM
Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:01 PM
Most consumers can find ways to cut back on the electricity by lowering appliance use...finding cost savings thru "less " use. I stopped using A/c and now have a fan for the room that is most occupied. I no longer use a dryer on sunny days....Amazing how the sun can dry clothes along with the wind.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:34 AM
When you finaly get that electric bill situated do everything you can so save money and cut that electric bill down. You can get a few extension cords with switches on them and connect them to energy hogs like tv/cable box. When you arent using it or going to bed turn the switchoff. You would be SHOCKED how much energy you entertainment system draws when its supposed to be off.
Use ceiling fans (if you have them) instead of the AC, unplugg things that you dont use and turn off the lights when no one is in the room.
Every little bit helps and i promise your bill will be much lower next time.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:25 PM
Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:12 PM
I actually work for an electric utility, The only way that we cannot shut a house off is if an occupant is relying on medical conditions that require electric. I am on the line crew not at the office and most of the problem has to do with the public service commission. They have required us to go to a computer system that is black and white, no grey areas. In the past you could call the office and the operator or teller you were talking to had the ability to make arrangements for you but now if your account shows that you have made an arrangemnet and have defaulted it does not allow the option for anything else. It is kinda out of their hands. Im sure there are some help out there for assistance but as far as contacting the utility i doubt you will have much luck. With all of the storms and people raising h**l about why their power is out, we are strictly regulated on everything now. I guess its good for a reliability stand point but really makes it hard when people hit hard times.
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