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Old 02-09-2010, 11:09 PM
 
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has anyone gotten the new electric meters. our bill went from $90 in november to $330 in december after one of these was installed. our heat is gas and even in the summer our bill is never this high. the meter has an error 9 flashing and neither reliant energy or centerpoint knows what that means. they both insist that the reading is correct. has anyone had a similar problem after getting the new digital meters installed.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Houston
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has anyone gotten the new electric meters. our bill went from $90 in november to $330 in december after one of these was installed. our heat is gas and even in the summer our bill is never this high. the meter has an error 9 flashing and neither reliant energy or centerpoint knows what that means. they both insist that the reading is correct. has anyone had a similar problem after getting the new digital meters installed.
No, I don't ,but I've had a broken meter before. It's a HUGE hassle to fight it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Yes, my bill went up by a factor of 8. I called and they said the new meter was MORE accurate. I will be double checking and doing a reading the next few months to check.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:10 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Its been about 2 years, but they started installing these in NE TX (Lufkin etc.) when they first came out and there were all sorts of problems with calibration and errors. There were several articles in papers about it back then. Try googling them. I would take pictures of the error code readings and challenge them. If they don't fix it, call the media. These meters are not fool proof from what I have read and the mechanical meters seem much better.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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Mine flashes error 9, I have had one since I moved here and I have bills of $500 month in the summer which everyone here says is nuts for a townhome.

Maybe they've been robbing me?
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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Just to play devil's advocate, do you think they were actually reading your meter before, or were they billing you for an estimated reading? Even though StarTex (my energy marketer) said Centerpoint was reading the meter each month, we got hit with a massive "true-up" bill one month last summer than knocked our socks off.

We have had the new meter since August, and haven't noticed any discrepancies. However, I agree that the meter could be faulty...they can't all work properly!

eta: Ours flashed the error 9 the first month we had it, but not any longer. I assumed it was because they hadn't set it up at the main office.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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Mine flashes error 9, I have had one since I moved here and I have bills of $500 month in the summer which everyone here says is nuts for a townhome.

Maybe they've been robbing me?
yes. more like rape
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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Interesting! We had over $400 bill for December as well and normally it is in the $260s. Will be checking into this.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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I am glad I came across this thread! About two months ago, I had an issue with Direct Energy when they did not setup an appointment to relocate my service in the new apt we moved in July 2009.

Basically, we were without electricity and a new digital meter was put in place. We DO NOT use heater or A/C since we like the temps in the 50s - 60s range inside the apt. and have a fairly similar daily routine that yields a constant electric bill of $135. After they changed to the new digital meter, they charged me $338 for December!

I called Direct Energy to complaint, I read my meter and found Error9 as well. Direct Energy insists that the meter reading is correct and if they send a technician and the reading is OK, they will charge the visit. What make this even funnier is that the rep was able to verify the consistency in my readings and my $135 bills.

How is it possible that I was charged an extra $200??? Next, I want an investigation with CenterPoint.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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So I checked with the hubby and it was actually our water meter that was changed out. Our electric bill did go up that much though and I find it hard to believe that a few Christmas lights run only on days with no rain would cause a $200 increase.
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