(Closed) please send positive thoughts our way….

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t think they’re allowed to turn off the heat when it is cold outside…. I think there is a law against that? I would call your local legal aid ASAP about that. Also, maybe do a little googling to see if there is anyone in the area that helps out with heating bills? I know in our area there are some programs that will help families with heating costs during the winter because that is such a big and unpredictable expense. 

 

Wishing you luck!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

there is a federal program (probably about to expire) that provides aid for heating if you make under a certain amount. call your local housing authority for information.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

See if they are willing to put you in budget billing. It will spread out the higher months throughout the year and you pay a set amount each month regardless of how high or low your bill is. So if you have a budget billing of $75 each month and in the winter your bills are $150 you still pay $75, then in the summer when it may be less, like $40 or what not, you still pay $75 a month.

Also, I dont think they can actually shut you off during the winter.

Remember, things always have a way of working themselves out 🙂

Hugs XOXOXO!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Awww! *Hugs* Definitely call and find out if they can set you up with a spread out payment system. Explain your situation to them. Hopefully that will help! Good luck finding assistance, too! I’ve had a few friends get hooked up with assistance programs and it’s helped a ton! Definitely sending positive thoughts your way, best wishes!!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MrsNerd: Is there a way maybe you could get part of your check advanced to you? My brother has done a payday loan before in the past. Maybe that could be a last resort?

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

If your heating bill is that high then you’re having a lot of draft/insulation problems (unless you live in a mansion which I’m guessing not from what you’ve said!). It is too late this year… but next year I think some preventative measures would probably really nip this in the butt. Do you rent or own? If you rent I would talk to your landlord about redoing some of the insulation and putting weatherproofing on your doors and windows. If you own you should consider the same. At a minimum you should put that plastic wrap stuff over all of the windows and get draft guards for under the doors. You’ll spend maybe $50 in supplies and it will probably save you well over 100/mo in heat. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Im so sorry!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

*hugs* Sorry, I’m with you on electric for heating….it’s rediculous!!!  Would it be better to use space heaters to jsut heat the rooms you’re in?  We have electric on the second floor and just turned it off completely and let whatever heat from downstairs rise up and use an electric blanket at night.  I know this doenst help at all with your current situtation but just wanted to throw it out there.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used to work for the United Way and I am pretty sure they do the same thing in your area. Call them and ask for your regional social services hotline. It is a phone bank answered 24-7 with places that offer assistance from utility bills to prescription assistance. They will point you in the right direction of what agencies have funding.

EDIT: Here ya go. Give it a try…it helped a lot of people I worked with while working in the nonprofit world.

http://www.211.org/

 

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