Can a utility company legally turn off electricity for non-payment in the winter if children live on the premises?
Our electric company turned off our electric today. We have 3 kids, all under 5 years of age. We received no phone calls or cancellation notice. We had to pay $300 just to get it turned back on
Some states (the majority) do allow for utilities to be shut off even during the winter months. However, some states list such services as a "protected utilities" (iethose which cannot be shut-off during the winter months). WY is such a state that affords this protection, or at least limited protection. Pursuant to state law, electricity (as well as other utilities) cannot be shut-off during the months of November-April if the utility in question is home's main heating source, unless it can be reconnected the same day
Note: People with limited incomes may be eligible for a variety of programs that provide grants to pay home energy bills. You should speak with your local social services office for further information.