If only it were as easy as thinking of the beach to warm up when the temperature drops. Keep paradise in mind, though, as you try to keep an optimistic attitude while dealing with this bone chilling problem.
The other good news, natural gas prices are at 5 to 7 year lows. The slowdown in the economy led to a slowdown in manufacturing and a surplus of natural gas.
Now to the rules. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, there are certain protections in place to protect residents who can’t afford to pay their bills. What’s interesting, the cold weather rule applies to two Midwestern states that are far warmer than Ohio. In Ohio, you’re subject to a different rule.
In Missouri, the program runs from November 1 through March 31st. It kicks in when the temperature drops below 32 degrees for 24 hours. It allows you to create a budget plan for 12 months, and even beyond 12 months for pre-existing bills.
In Kansas, the rule kicks in when the temperature dips below 35 degrees or it’s in the mid to low 30s for 24 hours. You must pay 1/12 of the current bill plus 1/12 of the overdue amount.
In Ohio where the winters are far worse, there is not a cold weather rule. They have a reconnection program, where you can pay $175 to reconnect your service or just pay the amount owed plus a reconnect fee of no more than $36. You can use it one time during the reconnect program which ran from October 19th through April 15th in 2009. There are no income requirements but you must sign up for a payment plan.
Related links you may like: Click here to read about Energy Assistance Programs