With energy costs continuing to rise during the winter months, many people are trying to find ways to help pay their heating bills.
There are a number of services out there, but some people haven't been able to take advantage of them, forcing utility companies to turn off their service.
Dominion has seen enough delinquent users that it is offering customers a way to notify others when there is a danger of their electric service being disconnected.
Dominion's third-party notification program lets customers designate a relative, clergy member, social service agency or friend to be notified in the event that electric service is in danger of being disconnected for nonpayment.
The service allows both the customer and the designated third party to receive notification of any past-due amount owed and the due date for that amount. The third parties are not obligated to pay the bill, but can assist the customer with arrangements to ensure the electric service continues without interruption.
There is no charge for using the service.
But before a shutoff is necessary, check out the links below to find ways to get help.
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