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FU$* MY GAS COMPANY ITS 30 DEGREES! update with question

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I recently moved to a new house , dh and i were staying at my parents house when our lease ran up saving to rent something bigger , meanwhile i was getting alot of help and and insight in caring for my first newborn from my mother, fast forward to 6 months later, we move dh loses his job (gets laid off from a construction company) one month after us signing the lease ,and i just returned to work from a unpaid maternity leave (my leave was a total of 6 months 3 paid last three unpaid). when we moved in it was under the plan that dh would also be working and we would have a combined income which would have been more than enough for us to pay bills and keep a roof over our head, even have money for mini vacations throughout the year.

well to get the gas on the deposit was 200.00 the electric deposit 250.00 rent and down deposit 1800.00 i paid this because i had 2k saved from the first three months of (paid maternity leave) dh spent 2k that he saved and furnished the whole house.

well when the gas bill came it was 275.00 - but since dh lost his job and rent was just paid i couldnt afford the full 275 so i paid 100.00 , then this month the bill comes again and its 500.00! dont ask me how this got so high i really dont know, were only home at night through the week and the heat is left at 71 degrees on automatic!

well this month is so tough , i had to pay rent 900.00 electric-100.00 (and misc things like gas for two weeks 75 bucks, netflix (we dont have cable) 8.00 , food, 100.00 , and pretty expensive bills from the hospital. (i was put on bed rest for a month there 20k delivery 1800, and my dd nicu stay for a month 200k my insurance is 80 percent coverage so i have to pay 20 percent of all of this so im on a monthly plan. so yes thats over 40k i am in with bills.

so dh and i reached out to 3 different charity groups who help pay your bill. this morning was our appointment to meet with them and hopefully get assistance, BUT our gas company gave us a disconnection notice the day before yesterday, we called them on Tues. explaining the assistance well be getting and that we have a 6month old so if they could just hold off for alittle longer, we also offered to make a 100.00 payment. but last night they cut us off! and its 30 degrees outside. were freezing and now we cant get the help from the charity because they said that they can only put us in the program if the gas is NOT disconnected :/ so i say fuck you gas company, heartless motherfuckers!


ok quick question and PLEASE do not tell me that im dumb or slow or whatever this just dawned on me since so many of you are saying 71 degrees is to high and warm, it literally is not that warm in here when we live it at that temp and when we get home at nights we have to actually put it up to 73 74 degrees for about twenty minutes to jump start the hit. BUT i rememeber a while back my mom and dad pointed out that all of my windows have condensation on them, you know the misty fog on the windows and they said "thats escaping heat that is making the windows wet." could that be the reason for the lack of warmth in the house and the bill being so high??

Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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NBean311
by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I think that they are required to turn it back on to heat the house if there are small children that live there, but don't quote me on that. You might wanna check your state regulations and file for emergency assistance. 

TeamTARDIS
by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Pretty much turn the heat off if you aren't there.
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Miller0305
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM


Quoting Dzyre1115:

 Everyone has bills to pay, even the gas company.  You got to pay!


Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I don't want to sound crass, but why is it the gas company's fault you could not pay according to their rules?  You can call the gas and electric company and ask how much the bills have been averaging at a certain address before you rent so you'll know what to expect. 

It's not their fault that you husband got laid off, or medical bills needed to be paid.  They are a company (probably a publicly held company) that has rules all people must abide by.  It would be unfair to to keep the gas on for one family and turn it off for another.  You owed $675.   Should they eat that?  Should they let people keep accruing a bill they can't afford?  Even with utility assistance you wouldn't have gotten close to paying off the $675 before another $500 bill was sent.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM
You should also layer the clothes on. If push comes to shove, rent or buy an RV


Quoting Anonymous:

Buy electric heaters and electric blankets from Walmart

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

i am on a payment plan to pay off the hospital bills (which also needed to be shorted this month )and we have only been in this residence for 2 months, we had the help to get the bill paid  and we paid 100 dollars again to the bill as a good faith payment they still cut us off. because they wanted the bill in full, i dont know about you but i dont have 500.00 to pay on one bill outright and still have the other necessities covered. 

Quoting Sweetest_Britt:

Well, it's not like you actually PAID the hospital bills outright.....is there some reason the gas bill didn't come first, especially since you were already behind on it?



Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM


this is a smart one i didnt think of that we went to 4 places looking for the electric heaters but they were all gone for spring, the stores have now brought out fans.

Quoting Anonymous:

You should also layer the clothes on. If push comes to shove, rent or buy an RV


Quoting Anonymous:

Buy electric heaters and electric blankets from Walmart



Diamepphyre
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Not necessarily true.

Quoting Omd12:

Fax over your child's birth certificate to gas so. Here if child is under one they can not legally shut the gas off ever
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littlesippycup
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

=( That's a lot to go through. Is your DH getting unemployment? My DH had to fry chicken for 2 1/2 years when he was laid off, until he found something good enough that he didn't have to do that anymore. It was horrible but that's just the way it is now. It's hard. I hope things get better soon and good luck.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 11 on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Sounds like maybe you should have kept some money in savings instead of buying new furniture :/ let this be a lesson, always have a rainy day fund!

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