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Old 01-13-2010, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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I live in a small apartment in MidTown and my electric bill is around 150 a month. I think that is pretty high for our apartment. I have a hard time paying the bill in full these last few months . I pay around 100 bucks a month but can't get the whole 150 so I am always behind and it ads up. Sometime I get extra cash and pay the maybe 250, and I am almost caught up until next bill come and I can't pay that in full and so continues the cycle.
Can anybody let me know how long I have before they turn my power off.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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I live in a small apartment in MidTown and my electric bill is around 150 a month. I think that is pretty high for our apartment. I have a hard time paying the bill in full these last few months . I pay around 100 bucks a month but can't get the whole 150 so I am always behind and it ads up. Sometime I get extra cash and pay the maybe 250, and I am almost caught up until next bill come and I can't pay that in full and so continues the cycle.
Can anybody let me know how long I have before they turn my power off.
CAll the power company, The phone number is on the bill. Explain to them exactly like you did here. There are thousands of people in town with that very situation. Sounds to me you are making a good effort to pay your bill, just you are on a treadmill of being a month late.

If you can not or will not call, until you get a notice to terminate service then I would not sweat it. Even IF you get a notice to terminate service, call or go to a branch and beg for some extra time to pay. They WANT your money, keeping you as a customer is how they make money.

Don't take my suggestion as a reason to put this bill last in the line, continue to pay like you have and do the best you can, what more could anyone do?

Best of luck.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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I live in a small apartment in MidTown and my electric bill is around 150 a month. I think that is pretty high for our apartment. I have a hard time paying the bill in full these last few months . I pay around 100 bucks a month but can't get the whole 150 so I am always behind and it ads up. Sometime I get extra cash and pay the maybe 250, and I am almost caught up until next bill come and I can't pay that in full and so continues the cycle.
Can anybody let me know how long I have before they turn my power off.
Instead of being the usual approx. $30 (I don't run the AC), my November bill was about $60 and my December bill was $112. This is for a 1 bedroom apartment on Mud Island. I think my December bill was partially higher because my mom was with me for 10 days leading to more electricity use (lights, cooking, etc.). If you log into your account at MLGW you can see where you fall in relation to the average cost of electricity for a home your size. Mine was close, but still less than average for December, according to the website. So $150 may not be unreasonable if you have a family (I'm single).

I also tend to keep the temperature at about 70 degrees when I'm home, 65 at night. Look at your temperature settings and see if they really need to be where you set them or can you adjust them at all to use less electricity by adjusting the amount/type of clothes you wear around the house. If I am planning on leaving my apartment for a long time (>1 hour) I used to shut the heat off. Now with this cold spell I've been setting it at 50 (apartment never got that cold anyway as far as I know).

Try to unplug stuff you don't need. I hear (no proof) cell phone chargers are notorious for using electricity even if they are not charging anything. So when I'm done using it I unplug it. Same goes for the toaster.

If you are $150 almost year round you may also have an insulation issue. I always knew my room was colder than the rest of the apartment. When my mom was here she felt a breeze from one of the windows. It looked closed, but when we opened it we found a small stone at the base. Since removing that and placing some weather seal strips there is less of a difference. The weather seal strips really helped.

These little things eventually add up.

As far as the bill paying, all I can do is second Donho3's post. I hope things work out for you.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:11 AM
 
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I live in a small apartment in MidTown and my electric bill is around 150 a month. I think that is pretty high for our apartment. I have a hard time paying the bill in full these last few months . I pay around 100 bucks a month but can't get the whole 150 so I am always behind and it ads up. Sometime I get extra cash and pay the maybe 250, and I am almost caught up until next bill come and I can't pay that in full and so continues the cycle.
Can anybody let me know how long I have before they turn my power off.
in one fiscal year, a customer is allowed to make late payment arrangements on bills 9 times. two month arrears must be paid according to the late cycle you are on, unless you have made previous arrangements. if not, your service is terminated the day after the 6th week, unless the temperature is at 32 degrees. in that case, power is continued until the daytime temperature reaches 42 degrees. if you have made no arrangements, you will be required to pay the bills for both months, in addition to the late fees, and a deposit, which, in most places, is from $125.00-$250.00. moast utility companies "don't play."
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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I have never received a late notice.
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