It’s a shame that paying utility bills later than the designated time will yield penalties. It hardly qualifies as something punishable, and those who make ends meet paycheck from paycheck are forced to pay even more. Maybe, it’s a ploy to get people to pay earlier or on time, but the truth is, who benefits from this strategy?
But, barring penalties and power cuts, people may be swayed once they understand that late/unpaid utility bills will affect their credit scores. It may not be important as of now, but good credit enables qualification for financial packages among other things. For businesses, a good credit score could land them a prime location.
Forget Penalties, Mind Consistency
The first and last thing about business operation is planning expenses and spending enough. With that in mind, monetary penalties are anything but a distraction. In addition, it’s not about paying more: it’s more about staying consistent. That way, enterprises can stabilize expenses and find where the profit and losses come from.
On the other hand, utility companies may not send records of late payments and unpaid to creditors, they do send it to debt collectors. They are the ones who report it to the creditors; it’s where the notion that late payments affect the credit scores. A small thing, but without automated billing or utility billing software to manage, it will keep piling on the problem.
Once again, it’s about consistency. Paying bills on time is a critical responsibility that, in hindsight, keeps everything in full operation. Without any of the following: electricity, water, heating or cooling, it will be harder to conduct business.
To those who use their credit cards to pay bills electronically, there’s more incentive to pay on time. They will downgrade credit ratings if they see anyone pay their dues late consistently. For them, it simply means evasion of duties. More often than not, it just results in unnecessary debts that hamper finances.
Many don’t keep track of their credit record, maybe even unaware of it. Poor scores act like disabilities, showing a person incapable of keeping their commitments. It’s not expensive to be financially capable, which means fewer problems in the future.