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Old 09-09-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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i recently moved into a new place. the person who's living there was in the middle of the billing cycle on the electric bill. we finally got the bill for the end of that billing cycle and its jumped tremendously.

usual electric bill is around 100$. since i moved in, the bill jumped to 400$. 2 high end computers were added, a 75 gallon saltwater tank, and a few random appliances. no portable/window ac units. no second fridge, nothing... yet somehow the bill managed to quadruple.

at the last place we were living at, the electric bill was about 100$ during the summer with the AC at 77 and a full apartment of appliances. i simply refuse to believe that moving into a house thats double the size of the apt i was living in somehow resulted in a 300$ increase on the electric bill.

is CPS estimating again? is it possible that CPS added my final bill to the bill here? i have a balance of ~190$ with them that im about to pay off, but am now hesitant because i feel they may be doing something fishy to ensure they get that money.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Why don't you call CPS and ask the details? We have no way to know what's going on.
There might be many factors: house size, insulation, location, shade, A/C condition and your appliances energy usage.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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the gist of it was to see if anyone else was getting slammed with gigantic electric bills. absolutely nothing has changed in the house sans 2 people moving in and adding 2 computers + a few random appliances to the mix.

its funny because after i posted this, what do i see on the news? cps getting accused of estimating, AGAIN, and charging people insane amounts of money for no reason.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:32 PM
 
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is CPS estimating again?...
Your bill will indicate whether the meter was read, or your amount due is based on an estimate.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Your bill will indicate whether the meter was read, or your amount due is based on an estimate.
Also, if the previous bill(s) was estimated and this one was from a reading, then that could account for it as well.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Walk out to the meter and read it, and compare it against the current bill.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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get ahead of the curve.. go out and get the electronic meter.. its going to happen sooner or later.. might as well get it now.. that way you don't have to worry about if some person is too lazy to get out of their truck to read your meter and estimate it. The meter is read from the office.. now if it goes down.. cant do anything about that but it should be more accurate with the electronic meter.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Grey Gardens
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Can you ask for a detailed study of your line? I've been overcharged a few times and they would come out to re read the meter. Bill dropped down afterwards.
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