How Long Before Electricity Is Cut Off?

Typically, an electric bill is due 21 days after the meter is read.

If it isn’t paid by the due date, you should receive a late notice that gives you five business days to make the payment.

Afterwards, the utility company can disconnect your service with a few exceptions that vary from state to state.

What happens if you’re late on your electric bill?

You may have heard before that paying your bills on time can affect your credit score. Let’s say you’ve made a late payment on your electricity bill. If your electric company reports this bill as delinquent to the credit bureaus, and you continue to not pay the bill, then the company can get a judgment against you.

Can electricity be cut off?

Cut-Off Process Information

The basic process is that if you don’t pay a bill, the electricity supplier will give you 28 days between sending a bill and sending a notice to disconnect you. They must then wait at least seven days before coming in to perform the cut-off.

Can the electric company shut me off if I have a child?


Electric, gas, and private water companies cannot shut off your service if you, your child, or someone else in your household is seriously ill and you cannot afford to pay your bills because of financial hardship.

How long do you have to pay a bill after its due?

Most credit card payments are due within a minimum of 21 days after the billing cycle, but remember, the grace period is only 30 days so you’ll want to pay them off as soon as possible.