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Old 08-20-2007, 06:44 AM
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Apparently according to them no one has read the meter since April and these were guesstimations, which apparently were close to our other power bills since moving in here November. Basically we were told pay or get disconnected. I have had things happen before on other homes where they didn't read the meter, but $1000 off? Geez! I really wonder what people on limited incomes do? The guy next door was $850 off.
HOLD ON!!! They have not read your meter since April, so they have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how much power you have consumed. Yet they are telling you to pay a figure they have pulled out of thin air or get disconnected? Hell no. They need to correct your bill TODAY.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Allen, Texas
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I'm sorry I think I wasn't clear.

They had not read the bill in April, May, or June. So they read it end of July or beginning of August and adjusted the bill for April, May, June, and July. Basically they billed us $150-200 a month during April through July--but realized that they were apparently way off on their guesstimations. The amount of power was used. DH checked the meter and apparently it seems okay to him, i.e., he turned all or as much power off to the house as possible and watched it for a few minutes.

I hope that's clearer.

I am fortunate that at least we can afford to pay the bill without too much damage to our income, but I worry for people that can't. I remember reading news stories about this happen up in the northeast and in Arizona or New Mexico, and I know it has happened to MIL before in Louisiana. I just think there should be a law that if it is X amount over due to the electric company's inability to send someone to read the meter MONTHLY the electric company should eat it, something like say 10% or whatever.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:09 AM
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I'm sorry I think I wasn't clear.

They had not read the bill in April, May, or June. So they read it end of July or beginning of August and adjusted the bill for April, May, June, and July. Basically they billed us $150-200 a month during April through July.
Ok, I thought you meant this was a one month bill. Power bills can easily be $150 or much, much more per month during the summer, but are rarely that high during cooler months.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Allen, Texas
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Yeah we were just kind of surprised that they averaged out to be $300 more a month IN ADDITION to what we were billed. Coming from Texas, which is notorious for high power bills, we did NOT expect it to be more expensive here for milder heat and smaller homes. But it's probably more to do with age of this house and building code I imagine. Live and learn
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