Cold Weather Rule Changes

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The Cold Weather Rule lets you keep your power on even if you can't pay your entire bill. The rule was put in place to make sure everyone has heat during the cold winter months.

Critics of the Cold Weather Rule say many customers are abusing the system and using cold temperatures as an excuse not to pay. They want to make it easier for utilities to cut people off for not keeping up with their bills.

Lawmakers recently looked at eliminating the rule altogether. Instead, they asked the Kansas Corporation Commission to look for changes that may make it harder for people not pay.

Salvation Army Spokesperson Tim Brown is not in favor of the change. He says it would make it difficult for people to stay warm during the winter. Brown says some customers desperately need the Cold Weather Rule and the Salvation Army already has a tough time helping people with their bills.

Westar spokesperson Karla Olsen supports a change in the Cold Weather Rule. Still, she hopes something can be done to help customers catch up on their bills.

The Kansas Corporation Commission has not decided whether they will take action to change the Cold Weather Rule. In the meantime, Westar continues to knock on doors, asking their customers to pay up.


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