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Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kansas cold weather rule begins Nov. 1

October 31, 2012

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— Thursday marks the start of the cold weather rule period in Kansas, restricting utility cutoffs for nonpayment of bills.

The rule is in effect from Nov. 1 to March 31. It prohibits shutoffs of residential electricity or natural gas service when temperatures are expected to be at or below 35 degrees over the following 24 hours.

Utilities also must contact a customer 24 hours before a disconnection, and offer a 12-month payment plan for the customer to maintain or re-establish service.

The Kansas Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, says residents can help control heating costs by keeping furnaces maintained, weather-stripping and caulking doors and windows and setting thermostats at reasonable levels.

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optimist 1 year, 5 months ago

No. Insulating the pipes properly or areas of the home that allow cold air to come into contact with the pipes prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Turning off the water to the home is the best way to prevent water damage to the property in the event a pipe freezes and bursts.

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jj14 1 year, 5 months ago

Why does this not also include the Water Bill? If they shut off your water then can't your pipes freeze (and burst)? On super cold days they tell us to leave our water at a drip.

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