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|Well, I don't think it is illegal.... we do have a fireplace, therefore a source of heat.|
|If a member of your household has a medical condition where the disconnection of electric service would be especially dangerous to health, you may be eligible for a medical certification which would retain or restore service for a period of 30 days. Medical certifications may only be used three times per household in a 12-month period, and must be completed by a certified health care professional.|
|Electric companies can disconnect service for nonpayment year-round, including during the winter months. From Nov. 1 through April 15, electric companies must give you an additional 10-day notice before disconnecting your service.|
Heat is not the only reason why they can't turn the electricity off.
What does your water heater run on?
A fireplace will NOT heat a house enough to keep pipes from freezing.
Yes people used to live with no heat but alot of people died because of it. They also had wood stoves which provide more heat than a fireplace does.
how far behind in payments are you? If you aren't actually late yet call them & arrange a payment plan.
This is from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
It looks like they can disconnect, however the 10 days is in addition to the 14 days after you're late on payment so you have 24 days after you're late to pay. If you can get the medical thing listed above that's an additional 30 days-90 days.
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Yes, I think it's highly likely your pipes will freeze. And a fireplace is not really a good way to heat your house - it's way different from a woodstove. They're very inefficient and mostly for decoration/ambience.
Modern houses are built to be heated. What if you just paid them a little bit? Could they turn it off then? Do you have a credit card you can pay the bill with?
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|I don't see a problem with this providing that your kids can sleep in a room that is over 62 degrees.|
Um. In most states where it gets actually cold it is illegal to turn someone's heat off between November and April.
Please make sure your fireplace is able to stand a big roaring fire. I've heard this recently on a home improvement radio talk show. Many fireplaces are only meant for wee little fires for "atmosphere," not big roaring fires to keep warm by. A too big/too hot fire could cause damage to the firebox or the chimney.