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momxx5
01-23-2012, 02:22 PM
The Gas company CAN and WILL disconnect the services if the heating bill is past due more than 60 days (doesn't matter the amount....any from $50 - $350 - 3,500.)

The law states that they cannot if the tempurated is lower than freezing 32degrees for 24+ hours, then once the temp rises, then they can do the disconnect.

Just an FYI, because some around here are under the belief that the heat cannot be turned off during the winter and that is simply NOT true. I has been discussed a few time on the boards and I just found this info out and wanted to share.

A co-worker is the one who found this out. She was under the assumption that the heat could not be turned off in colder months. Now after confirming that is can be, she is making arrangements to be set up on equal year-round payments. That is much easier for a budget and she will no longer have worries.

ccgirl
01-23-2012, 02:46 PM
The Gas company CAN and WILL disconnect the services if the heating bill is past due more than 60 days (doesn't matter the amount....any from $50 - $350 - 3,500.)

The law states that they cannot if the tempurated is lower than freezing 35degrees for 24+ hours, then once the temp rises, then they can do the disconnect.

Just an FYI, because many around here are under the belief that the heat cannot be turned off during the winter and that is simply NOT true.

As you stated, yes they can and they will. It varies by state law. I believe in my state they cannot turn it off in the winter if there is a child under the age of 2 in the house or a disabled person. I'm not positive on that; I just know there are "conditions" on when they can't turn it off.

Gr8t Fan
01-23-2012, 02:51 PM
They are usually willing to work out payment arrangements if you contact them to let them know you're having trouble paying the bill beforehand and if your account has otherwise been in good standing up till now.

I'm not sure how willing they'll be to work with you after service has been disconnected.

Pembo
01-23-2012, 05:15 PM
Just pay the bill and then you won't have to worry about it. :confused3 I don't understand why we *need* to know this info?

marlynnp
01-23-2012, 05:19 PM
Where's the Paypal button?

RitaE
01-23-2012, 05:19 PM
I can't say I've seen *many* around here who have professed a belief that heat cannot be turned off for non-payment. Besides which, the regulations for that are localized and the standards you give probably only apply to people in your area.

Perhaps if you are seeing *many* threads like that you might PM them and suggest they turn off things like their internet and direct tv and pay the heating bill.

bjgrazi
01-23-2012, 05:23 PM
Just pay the bill and then you won't have to worry about it. :confused3 I don't understand why we *need* to know this info?

This... I'm guessing we're having trouble paying our heating bill can't be far behind.

When did freezing raise from 32 to 35?

Another PSA for those who have a hard time paying their heating bill, most utility companies have a thing called level billing. They'll look at your history of how much you've used in past years and charge you the same amount for 12 months. They average out what is a month for 12 months and that's your monthly bill. It's a great way to budget. I know every month our bill is $78 in the 11 month they will let us know if we're under or over. We usually come out just about even.

familyoffive
01-23-2012, 05:27 PM
Probably should have paid the gas bill instead of worrying about extra gifts for ds's gf at Christmas and then the thread looking for free birthday meals this past weekend. It was a very quiet Christmas season for charity attempts, but looks like it is going to be a busy Spring. :rolleyes1

Nayan
01-23-2012, 05:44 PM
Just pay the bill and then you won't have to worry about it. :confused3 I don't understand why we *need* to know this info?

I agree. You pay them, they won't shut it off. If you can't afford it, then get rid of the cable/internet/IPhone and then you can :thumbsup2.

angwill
01-23-2012, 05:45 PM
Bills should be paid in order of importance: Budgeting
House-need a roof over your head
Car-need it for work unless you have public transport then a pass for that goes here
Electricity
Heat if different from above
Water if no well
Insurance for car if you have one
Phone or cell which ever you choose but both are not necessary
Medical
What is left over goes to food and gas
After that come the extras like cable, internet, gifts, etc.

Figure out income monthly and subtract the above in order if there is enough to get down to heat there is no excuse not to pay it.

DisneyFan32WI
01-23-2012, 06:14 PM
Probably should have paid the gas bill instead of worrying about extra gifts for ds's gf at Christmas and then the thread looking for free birthday meals this past weekend. It was a very quiet Christmas season for charity attempts, but looks like it is going to be a busy Spring. :rolleyes1

:thumbsup2 heheheee

LilyWDW
01-23-2012, 06:16 PM
Well, they are not a charity. Pay your bills or contact them to see if they are willing to work with you. Then, you have nothing to worry about!

ilovemk76
01-23-2012, 06:28 PM
The Gas company CAN and WILL disconnect the services if the heating bill is past due more than 60 days (doesn't matter the amount....any from $50 - $350 - 3,500.)

The law states that they cannot if the tempurated is lower than freezing 35degrees for 24+ hours, then once the temp rises, then they can do the disconnect.

Just an FYI, because many around here are under the belief that the heat cannot be turned off during the winter and that is simply NOT true.

Here are 3 PSA:

1) Freezing is 32 degrees, so setting your freezer at 35 will not create ice.

2) Paying for DirecTV rather than the heating bill is a bad idea.

3) Pay your utility bills on time and you do not need to know the original PSA.

Scraggy
01-23-2012, 06:42 PM
I can see in this economy that some people really can't afford to pay their heating bill.

On my street there were 4 houses who had their water shut off right before Christmas because they were 60 days past due. Average amount these households owed was about $60. It then cost them double to get pay the past due bill and get the water turned back on. My acquaintance in the next town over had her water shut off too.

Some people really struggle with budgeting.

We have a savings account set up just for heating. $120 every 2 weeks get put automatically in year round. Any left over just stays in there because one day we may need to use those extra funds. You never know.

Grog
01-23-2012, 07:16 PM
Where's the Paypal button?

:lmao::rotfl2:

DISdreamin'
01-23-2012, 07:19 PM
I agree. You pay them, they won't shut it off. If you can't afford it, then get rid of the cable/internet/IPhone and then you can :thumbsup2.
But I NEED my iPhone!!! :lmao:

I've been keeping a close eye around here lately and I haven't seen a thread recently where anyone talked about how or if utility companies could or would shut off service. :confused3

Marionnette
01-23-2012, 07:20 PM
The Gas company CAN and WILL disconnect the services if the heating bill is past due more than 60 days (doesn't matter the amount....any from $50 - $350 - 3,500.)

The law states that they cannot if the tempurated is lower than freezing 35degrees for 24+ hours, then once the temp rises, then they can do the disconnect.

Just an FYI, because many around here are under the belief that the heat cannot be turned off during the winter and that is simply NOT true.
Did I miss a thread about gas turnoffs while I was away? Or are you referring to your neighbors when you say "many around here".

Every state has different laws governing public utilities. In fact, they can vary from one region to another within some states. You cannot make a blanket statement like that.

Sorry if your gas got turned of, OP. But around here, the gas company will work with anyone who is delinquent as long as they are making an effort to pay. But the kicker is, once they shut you off, you have to pay the whole amount PLUS a deposit because you're a bad risk PLUS a turn on fee. I worked at the gas company in customer service for a few summers while I was in college. You wouldn't believe how far they will bend over backwards to keep your gas on if you only make the effort to pay them.

sookie
01-23-2012, 07:31 PM
Probably should have paid the gas bill instead of worrying about extra gifts for ds's gf at Christmas and then the thread looking for free birthday meals this past weekend. It was a very quiet Christmas season for charity attempts, but looks like it is going to be a busy Spring. :rolleyes1

AMEN

Here is my FYI - PAY YOUR BILLS!!!

chamonix
01-23-2012, 07:51 PM
The Gas company CAN and WILL disconnect the services if the heating bill is past due more than 60 days (doesn't matter the amount....any from $50 - $350 - 3,500.)

The law states that they cannot if the tempurated is lower than freezing 35degrees for 24+ hours, then once the temp rises, then they can do the disconnect.

Just an FYI, because many around here are under the belief that the heat cannot be turned off during the winter and that is simply NOT true.

The laws vary by state. It's actually 32 in many states, and it's not "for 24 hours" it may be only "IF" it's forecast to be 32 sometime in the next 24 hours.

Check out this link for each state's laws:

http://liheap.ncat.org/Disconnect/disconnect.htm

Personally, I would go without gas for my car and even food before I would go without electricity during winter if I didn't heat with wood (assume it goes without saying I would pretty much go without anything else too....cable, phone, internet, etc etc.....)

JOCAmom
01-23-2012, 07:57 PM
Probably should have paid the gas bill instead of worrying about extra gifts for ds's gf at Christmas and then the thread looking for free birthday meals this past weekend. It was a very quiet Christmas season for charity attempts, but looks like it is going to be a busy Spring. :rolleyes1

MTE!

Where I live, the only time I really hear about utilities being shut off is from people who habitually don't pay their bills and make no effort at all to make things right.

And my FYI, most posters around here are onto you.

AlwaysMoving
01-23-2012, 08:39 PM
I keep the temperature at a constant 62 degrees. Sure, it is cold and we wear layers and use blankets, but it means we can afford to pay our bill. You should give it a try. Only use what you can afford.

Colleen27
01-23-2012, 08:57 PM
Shut offs are a matter of state law, so no one here has the ability to post absolutes on the subject that will apply every time the topic comes up. In my state, gas companies couldn't shut off in the winter for many years but they can now, due to a change in the law as it applies to heat providers. There is a payment plan that will avoid shut off but it requires 10% down and 7% of the annual bill paid per month (so no real "discount" or deferral) and if you're late once you'll not only be shut off, you can't re-enter into another arrangement for a fixed period of time.

And I was surprised how little help is actually out there for preventing shut off. I was helping a neighbor research her options and most of the options I thought were there to help people are turning down applicants who can't prove ability to pay future bills, so they're helping the chronically overextended but not people like my neighbor who was trying to get by after a job loss.

I think I missed a thread somewhere, though, because I'm not seeing where the cable bill comes in... ;)

bgirldeb
01-23-2012, 09:00 PM
Where's the Paypal button?

:lmao:

Swan4Me
01-23-2012, 09:53 PM
The Gas company CAN and WILL disconnect the services if the heating bill is past due more than 60 days (doesn't matter the amount....any from $50 - $350 - 3,500.)

The law states that they cannot if the tempurated is lower than freezing 35degrees for 24+ hours, then once the temp rises, then they can do the disconnect.

Just an FYI, because many around here are under the belief that the heat cannot be turned off during the winter and that is simply NOT true.

Sounds like you have first hand knowledge:rolleyes1

Does this mean you had no gas to cook the Birthday boy's meal?

It amazes me that I know more about your financial affairs than any of the real people in my life:sad2:

momxx5
01-24-2012, 12:13 AM
FYI: my gas bill is set up on equal monthly payments througout the year, so it is not my gas bill I am speaking of.
It is a co-worker, and people at work assumed that heat cannot be turned off. At least here in NC, they assumed incorrectly.

The co-worker is not from my retail job, but from my teaching ...where they are paid monthly.

Oh, and no smart phones or iphones here. I probably have one of the oldest cell phones of all the poster here. LOL! Never found the need to have the newest phones.

tasha99
01-24-2012, 12:17 AM
I just looked at Alaska on the link, and there is no temperature or date based deferment. I can't imagine that in a place like Fairbanks. :scared1: There must be a strong charity backup in place or something, because no heat at -40 would freeze pipes and could be deadly.

mdsoccermom
01-24-2012, 05:13 AM
FYI: my gas bill is set up on equal monthly payments througout the year, so it is not my gas bill I am speaking of.
It is a co-worker, and people at work assumed that heat cannot be turned off. At least here in NC, they assumed incorrectly.

The co-worker is not from my retail job, but from my teaching ...where they are paid monthly.

Oh, and no smart phones or iphones here. I probably have one of the oldest cell phones of all the poster here. LOL! Never found the need to have the newest phones.

Well, people who are paid monthly should also be able to budget to pay their bills.

You never felt the need for the newest phone, or is it just that you haven't gotten around to begging for it yet?

Marionnette
01-24-2012, 06:13 AM
FYI: my gas bill is set up on equal monthly payments througout the year, so it is not my gas bill I am speaking of.
It is a co-worker, and people at work assumed that heat cannot be turned off. At least here in NC, they assumed incorrectly.

The co-worker is not from my retail job, but from my teaching ...where they are paid monthly.

Oh, and no smart phones or iphones here. I probably have one of the oldest cell phones of all the poster here. LOL! Never found the need to have the newest phones.
And these are the people who are entrusted with the education of our next generation of leaders. :rolleyes:

Whether you get paid by the week or by the month, you still have a responsibility to pay your bills. It's not brain surgery and people from all walks of life manage to do it.

Robbiesmommy21
01-24-2012, 07:32 AM
You never felt the need for the newest phone, or is it just that you haven't gotten around to begging for it yet?

Can I just say WOW!!! I've read some pretty mean things on this board but this takes the cake. Not to mention it's a personal attack. I am reporting your post and I hope that other people will join me. I hope that maybe your just having a bad day and are not as mean to people in your everyday life.

Toad_Passenger
01-24-2012, 07:37 AM
Well, people who are paid monthly should also be able to budget to pay their bills.

You never felt the need for the newest phone, or is it just that you haven't gotten around to begging for it yet?

Wish list coming in 5...4...3...2... :rotfl:

Praying Colonel
01-24-2012, 07:40 AM
Can I just say WOW!!! I've read some pretty mean things on this board but this takes the cake. Not to mention it's a personal attack. I am reporting your post and I hope that other people will join me. I hope that maybe your just having a bad day and are not as mean to people in your everyday life.

If you knew OP's posting history you would understand the responses in this thread.

Nayan
01-24-2012, 07:41 AM
Can I just say WOW!!! I've read some pretty mean things on this board but this takes the cake. Not to mention it's a personal attack. I am reporting your post and I hope that other people will join me. I hope that maybe your just having a bad day and are not as mean to people in your everyday life.

Actually, since you are kinda new according to your post count you haven't witnessed some of the things we have here and we are on to the ways of certain posters.

DawnM
01-24-2012, 07:55 AM
Well, I hope noone's heat is turned off, but I think Dave Ramsey's Four Walls approach is worthy of mention.

Pay for housing, utilities, etc....first.

Extras are just that, EXTRAS.....cell phones, TV service, eating out, vacations.....if you can't afford them you can't afford them. There is no such thing as "I deserve this" and using that to spend more than you make or can afford.

:teacher:

Robbiesmommy21
01-24-2012, 07:58 AM
Actually, since you are kinda new according to your post count you haven't witnessed some of the things we have here and we are on to the ways of certain posters.

I'm not new, I've been a proud member since 2004, but I am a lurker. I come here to read info on budgeting and to help plan my trips since the Dis always has the newest info. :goodvibes I don't keep up with certain posters, so no I don't know posting history of others but does it really matter? Is it really an excuse to be mean and hateful to others? I know people who are behind in there bills do I say well you should know better, no I don't I give them ideas on how to budget better, how to cut out there extras and how to do better next month. What good does it do to make someone feel worse than they already do?

RitaE
01-24-2012, 08:10 AM
I'm not new, I've been a proud member since 2004, but I am a lurker. I come here to read info on budgeting and to help plan my trips since the Dis always has the newest info. :goodvibes I don't keep up with certain posters, so no I don't know posting history of others but does it really matter? Is it really an excuse to be mean and hateful to others? I know people who are behind in there bills do I say well you should know better, no I don't I give them ideas on how to budget better, how to cut out there extras and how to do better next month. What good does it do to make someone feel worse than they already do?

Feel worse? Please, since you don't know the "history," take my word for it. I doubt anybody will feel worse at all. Likely, there will be yet another sob story trying to get somebody to hit that Personal Message button to help her out next month. So what good does it do? It might keep those who don't know the history from handing over their cash --- or their American Girl dolls.

It starts to seem like the DIS version of the professional begger on the street corner who makes $80k a year panhandling.

Nayan
01-24-2012, 08:10 AM
I'm not new, I've been a proud member since 2004, but I am a lurker. I come here to read info on budgeting and to help plan my trips since the Dis always has the newest info. :goodvibes I don't keep up with certain posters, so no I don't know posting history of others but does it really matter? Is it really an excuse to be mean and hateful to others? I know people who are behind in there bills do I say well you should know better, no I don't I give them ideas on how to budget better, how to cut out there extras and how to do better next month. What good does it do to make someone feel worse than they already do?

Unfortunately in online communities (not just this one, but others I belong to as well) there are scammers. After awhile people get wise to them and they either ignore them or make comments. There are people who are generous and fall for their tales of woe only to realize later they'd been had. It bears repeating every so often that this is the internet and while there are quite a few folks who do truly need help there are those who make a living from scamming people. It's best to be weary no matter the forum.

tinkermom23
01-24-2012, 08:14 AM
ooops,

familyoffive
01-24-2012, 10:45 AM
I'm not new, I've been a proud member since 2004, but I am a lurker. I come here to read info on budgeting and to help plan my trips since the Dis always has the newest info. :goodvibes I don't keep up with certain posters, so no I don't know posting history of others but does it really matter? Is it really an excuse to be mean and hateful to others? I know people who are behind in there bills do I say well you should know better, no I don't I give them ideas on how to budget better, how to cut out there extras and how to do better next month. What good does it do to make someone feel worse than they already do?

History is your friend. Look up prior threads involving AG dolls, Honeybaked Hams, band trips to New York, broken oven, no propane, cats spilling laundry detergent, getting rid of Directv but needing HD, these are just a few. The posts are needy without outright asking for whatever the subject is. The story changes, the need is always there and somehow people feel the need to attack those of us trying to warn the unsuspecting posters who fall for these sob stories.

Princesca
01-24-2012, 11:50 AM
It starts to seem like the DIS version of the professional begger on the street corner who makes $80k a year panhandling.

When you see people panhandling on the street, do you go up to them and demand to know how and where they spent their money so you can question their motives? Or do you just ignore them?

If you don't like people begging, just ignore them. If everyone ignores them, they'll move on to greener pastures. If someone wants to help that person, that really isn't anyone's business but their own.

One of the quotes I remember most from a Disney movie is the classic from Bambi, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." It's proven to be wise words through most of my life - I think it applies even more to the Internet, where we have a tendency to say and do things we might not say and do if we were face to face with someone.

RitaE
01-24-2012, 12:04 PM
When you see people panhandling on the street, do you go up to them and demand to know how and where they spent their money so you can question their motives? Or do you just ignore them?

If you don't like people begging, just ignore them. If everyone ignores them, they'll move on to greener pastures. If someone wants to help that person, that really isn't anyone's business but their own.

One of the quotes I remember most from a Disney movie is the classic from Bambi, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." It's proven to be wise words through most of my life - I think it applies even more to the Internet, where we have a tendency to say and do things we might not say and do if we were face to face with someone.

When I see people panhandling on the street I do tell my children (and others who might need to know) that it is best not to give money to these people directly but there are several organizations around that will properly investigate need and help.

So maybe we can mention that in this thread. If you can't pay your heating bill, one of the best things you can do (in addition to cancelling Direct TV) is contact one of your local organizations which offer heating assistance.

Otherwise, I'm sure she appreciates your monetary donation to her family cause - well, unless you sent her the wrong American Girl doll, in which case she'll have to sell it and buy her daughter something better. They are such good kids.

familyoffive
01-24-2012, 12:11 PM
When you see people panhandling on the street, do you go up to them and demand to know how and where they spent their money so you can question their motives? Or do you just ignore them?

If you don't like people begging, just ignore them. If everyone ignores them, they'll move on to greener pastures. If someone wants to help that person, that really isn't anyone's business but their own.

One of the quotes I remember most from a Disney movie is the classic from Bambi, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." It's proven to be wise words through most of my life - I think it applies even more to the Internet, where we have a tendency to say and do things we might not say and do if we were face to face with someone.

Does this quote apply to coffee mugs?

North of Mouse
01-24-2012, 12:56 PM
FYI: my gas bill is set up on equal monthly payments througout the year, so it is not my gas bill I am speaking of.
It is a co-worker, and people at work assumed that heat cannot be turned off. At least here in NC, they assumed incorrectly.

The co-worker is not from my retail job, but from my teaching ...where they are paid monthly.

Oh, and no smart phones or iphones here. I probably have one of the oldest cell phones of all the poster here. LOL! Never found the need to have the newest phones.

Oh no, you're from NC? I think I ran into you the other day :scared1:

beaucoup
01-24-2012, 04:14 PM
Not re: OP. but my thoughts in general.

I am always grateful to the posters who point out anyone's history of trying to beg or scam for money on the internet. It saves someone from getting scammed here.

So thank you. If its a proven fact via PM history, then I am all for making sure other people know.

Message boards don't need anyone begging for money. Especially a Disney message board. Its always strange to me when anyone is planning a trip, but mentioning they cannot pay their bills.

I have heard forum stories of people being able to scrape together an entire Disney trip just by dropping hint after hint of how difficult things are going for them. I'm sorry, if people offer you money for your difficulties, use the money to get ahead in your bills, not a trip to WDW.

Swan4Me
01-24-2012, 05:29 PM
Click on OP
on drop down-
click-View Public Profile
click-statistics
click-Find all threads started by....

Look for the ones with lots of replies
Or the ones locked
Or those thanking A secret Dis angel for the package(usually a month after a sad post)

Laundry, Honey Ham, AG dolls, paypal........

AlwaysMoving
01-24-2012, 05:46 PM
When you see people panhandling on the street, do you go up to them and demand to know how and where they spent their money so you can question their motives? Or do you just ignore them?

If you don't like people begging, just ignore them. If everyone ignores them, they'll move on to greener pastures. If someone wants to help that person, that really isn't anyone's business but their own.

One of the quotes I remember most from a Disney movie is the classic from Bambi, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." It's proven to be wise words through most of my life - I think it applies even more to the Internet, where we have a tendency to say and do things we might not say and do if we were face to face with someone.

"Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
― Confucius

Alesia
01-25-2012, 07:57 AM
I don't keep up with certain posters, so no I don't know posting history of others but does it really matter?

It does when certain posters have been making a profit off of the kindheartedness of other posters.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people (and I suspect that you're one of them) that are so nice that they can't imagine someone taking advantage of strangers on the internet, but I assure you that it does happen. Before you report posts and accuse people of being mean and hateful, please do a little digging and find out if those posts are justified. Sometimes people are just trying to prevent people from being scammed.

Robbiesmommy21
01-25-2012, 08:40 AM
It does when certain posters have been making a profit off of the kindheartedness of other posters.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people (and I suspect that you're one of them) that are so nice that they can't imagine someone taking advantage of strangers on the internet, but I assure you that it does happen. Before you report posts and accuse people of being mean and hateful, please do a little digging and find out if those posts are justified. Sometimes people are just trying to prevent people from being scammed.

Ok i was going to go away and keep my thoughts to myself because you know what your right and i've already admitted to not knowing the FULL situation. However for you to assume (and you know the saying about that) that I would be stupid enough to give money or products to anyone that I don't know know personally really rubs me the wrong way. Maybe instead of saying offensive things about the OP people should put actual warnings. Like, Hey we think this person is a scammer.

Alesia
01-25-2012, 08:53 AM
Ok i was going to go away and keep my thoughts to myself because you know what your right and i've already admitted to not knowing the FULL situation. However for you to assume (and you know the saying about that) that I would be stupid enough to give money or products to anyone that I don't know know personally really rubs me the wrong way. Maybe instead of saying offensive things about the OP people should put actual warnings. Like, Hey we think this person is a scammer.

I never necessarily assumed that you would give her money (and I'm sorry that you took it that way,) but the fact is other people on the disboards have.

JB2K
01-25-2012, 01:36 PM
Can I just say WOW!!! I've read some pretty mean things on this board but this takes the cake. Not to mention it's a personal attack. I am reporting your post and I hope that other people will join me. I hope that maybe your just having a bad day and are not as mean to people in your everyday life.

Robbiesmommy21 - you're only 80-something posts into this website -- there's a bit of a history with OP, here...

marmalade
01-25-2012, 01:54 PM
I keep the temperature at a constant 62 degrees. Sure, it is cold and we wear layers and use blankets, but it means we can afford to pay our bill. You should give it a try. Only use what you can afford.

We keep our heat between 62-64 depending on how cold it is outside and my recent gas bill is still $282. :scared1: We just bought this 100yr old house in October and this is our first winter, I guess we need to do some serious winterizing.

Grog
01-25-2012, 02:57 PM
I am reporting your post and I hope that other people will join me.

Finally! I was wondering when the "Well, I never..." crowd would get here. Now the real show starts. :lmao:

kimblebee
01-25-2012, 03:15 PM
Here, they will put you on a load restrictor. It's enough for the furnace and one lamp. Want to use the stove, do it in the dark. They did change it a few years ago because I remember hearing ours (general ours) couldn't be turned off in the winter because we can get down to -40C (-40F freaky) at night.

Marionnette
01-25-2012, 09:21 PM
A co-worker is the one who found this out. She was under the assumption that the heat could not be turned off in colder months. Now after confirming that is can be, she is making arrangements to be set up on equal year-round payments. That is much easier for a budget and she will no longer have worries.
That's interesting. When I was working at the gas company here, you couldn't go on the budget plan unless your account was current. Someone who had gotten a shut off notice would have had to pay the whole amount due before we could put them on the budget plan.

Now, we could put them on a repayment plan, which is not the same thing. The repayment plan involved having the customer pay whatever amount was due each month PLUS an additional amount meant to bring their balance closer to zero. And it had to be paid in full and on time or we would issue a shut off notice right away. But like I said before, I worked during the summer months and gas usage was much lower during the summer. People found it easier to pay a little extra on those bills than they would in say, January. Some of those January gas usages could be unreal!

pixiewings71
01-26-2012, 11:52 AM
Robbiesmommy21 - you're only 80-something posts into this website -- there's a bit of a history with OP, here...

Just because someone "only" has 80 posts doesn't mean they aren't lurking regularly. Just wanted to point that out. :)
Edited to add.....I have a lot more than 80 posts and I'm not "familiar" enough with the OP to know she has a "history" on the Dis........

We keep our heat between 62-64 depending on how cold it is outside and my recent gas bill is still $282. :scared1: We just bought this 100yr old house in October and this is our first winter, I guess we need to do some serious winterizing.

Ours is almost that high, it's been a cold cold cold winter here...and our house is only 24 years old......

punkin
01-26-2012, 12:03 PM
Just because someone "only" has 80 posts doesn't mean they aren't lurking regularly. Just wanted to point that out. :)
Edited to add.....I have a lot more than 80 posts and I'm not "familiar" enough with the OP to know she has a "history" on the Dis........



Ours is almost that high, it's been a cold cold cold winter here...and our house is only 24 years old......

I have to laugh at this because I hardly remember any individual posters (there are a couple I know, but that's rare for me) and I've been on this board dang near forever. People must be much more observant than I am and have much better memories than I do.

LilyWDW
01-26-2012, 04:24 PM
I have to laugh at this because I hardly remember any individual posters (there are a couple I know, but that's rare for me) and I've been on this board dang near forever. People must be much more observant than I am and have much better memories than I do.

I only remember ones that do one of three things...

1) Have really made a positive contribution to the site and to discussions

2) I really agree with them most of the time and enjoy conversations with them

3) Have done things that send up a ton of red flags and have hurt others in the community through their actions (I'm not talking a one time thing, but over and over)

To put it simply, I DO remember the OP's previous posts and history... and it's not because it has been positive.

mickeysaver
01-27-2012, 06:23 PM
I work for a doctor's office and we are writing more and more letters for people asking for their utilities not to be cut off as a matter of medical necessity. For a gas letter, the house must be the home of a child either under the age of 12 months, or with a skin condition like eczema, or with health problems like asthma or cardiac issues to keep the gas on. For power, if there is no gas in the house, the same applies, if not then we are looking at only writing the letter if there is a patient with assisted living devices that allow for mobility or speech or if they have asthma because they might need to use the nebulizer. There has to be a real medical necessity for the doctor to write the letter and even with the letter, some folks still end up being cut off.

I know that gas service is not cheap. We are paying for service in the house we have in Georgia, even though we no longer live there. It gets too cold, typically, to not keep the heat on to protect the pipes. We keep the thermostat at 58 degrees up there and still with no one being there we ran up a bill of $94.10 this month and that is on a fixed rate plan. In the summer, it's usually about $35 due to the basic fees and the tiny bit that continues to be used by the hot water heater, which had a lowered temperature level before we moved.

It's not easy paying for utilities at two houses and two mortgages and all of that, but we do what we have to do. I am looking forward to the day when my car is paid off, the scooter is paid off, the mobility scooter is paid off, and the house in Georgia is sold. Then, maybe, if I am really lucky, I can breathe again, but being that we are raising our great niece, who is 2 years old, I would imagine that private school will be the next big thing that will eat all of that "freed up" money.

Dacky619
02-17-2012, 03:36 PM
I only remember ones that do one of three things...

1) Have really made a positive contribution to the site and to discussions

2) I really agree with them most of the time and enjoy conversations with them

3) Have done things that send up a ton of red flags and have hurt others in the community through their actions (I'm not talking a one time thing, but over and over)

To put it simply, I DO remember the OP's previous posts and history... and it's not because it has been positive.

I'm glad that some people do remember the OP. After reading through some previous posts, I'm sure I'll remember too. I mean, how many threads can 1 person start about needing money in their paypal account immediately?