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so everytime a bill comes they estimate what i use, but its way off what i actually use i.e they are undercharging me so how does it work if they keep undercharging me? will they hit me with a lar… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
so everytime a bill comes they estimate what i use, but its way off what i actually use
i.e they are undercharging me

so how does it work if they keep undercharging me? will they hit me with a large bill for all the arrears?
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
In short, yes.

As soon as you get a bill and it's an estimate, you should go to your meter and get the actual numbers, then call them back (usually a freefone number) and give them the actual ones. They'll then send you a revised bill.

They can only estimate based on previous usage, so if you never tell them you're using more they'll keep underestimating and you'll have a wad-load to pay back.
#2
I got hit with a £480 gas bill by British Gas, ridiculous. I'm gonna have to check my meter cos I'm sure I havent been using that much. Anyone else had an unexpectedly high gas bill recently?
#3
Xb0xGuru;4563183
In short, yes.

As soon as you get a bill and it's an estimate, you should go to your meter and get the actual numbers, then call them back (usually a freefone number) and give them the actual ones. They'll then send you a revised bill.

They can only estimate based on previous usage, so if you never tell them you're using more they'll keep underestimating and you'll have a wad-load to pay back.

when will this big bill come? i havent kept tabs until this particular bill which i thought hmm thats a bit low for 4 months usage, then i just went to check now
who knows i could owe them loads from way back
#4
muffin247
when will this big bill come? i havent kept tabs until this particular bill which i thought hmm thats a bit low for 4 months usage, then i just went to check now
who knows i could owe them loads from way back


Why don't you just ring them to give an 'actual' meter reading now, and then again when the next bill comes. Don't give them the actual reading... give them one that is in the middle of their estimate and the real reading. Then when the next bill comes.... bring it up to date? ( or spread it over more bills if needs be?)

Just don't let them read your meter while you are catching up! :w00t:
#5
If you owe them lots of money (as i did with npower) due to the same thing as you. They just increased my monthly bills to what i told them i could afford, i owed them £350 they upped my bill by £20 a month and they dont add interest on to what you owe.
#6
dickslash
I got hit with a £480 gas bill by British Gas, ridiculous. I'm gonna have to check my meter cos I'm sure I havent been using that much. Anyone else had an unexpectedly high gas bill recently?


Ours is usually over 400 this time of year in a 3 bed detached. :thumbsup:
#7
muffin247
when will this big bill come? i havent kept tabs until this particular bill which i thought hmm thats a bit low for 4 months usage, then i just went to check now
who knows i could owe them loads from way back


Also I would imagine when you get charged for a proper reading they will just base the rate charges on current rates, which will cost you a bit more than if you had paid at the time. :thumbsup:
#8
esq3585
Also I would imagine when you get charged for a proper reading they will just base the rate charges on current rates, which will cost you a bit more than if you had paid at the time. :thumbsup:

Yes if the underpayment goes back a very long time. But if it's since the big price hikes then it could work in the OPs favour. Suppliers are now dropping rates so it might be better to wait for the rate to drop before submitting a reading.
#9
mine has jumped up huge,, it was estimated nw actual apparently and got a 500 gas bill and 300 electric. ouch
banned#10
checked my consumption with last years bill, slighly less untis used and 50% more in price
#11
got a gas bil for nearly 800 quid for 3 months. Thankfully had seen watchdog edf had billed me in cubic feet when i had a metric metre so bill was roughly 3 times what it should have been. Still nearly died when i opened it.
#12
vannus
got a gas bil for nearly 800 quid for 3 months. Thankfully had seen watchdog edf had billed me in cubic feet when i had a metric metre so bill was roughly 3 times what it should have been. Still nearly died when i opened it.


wow!
banned#13
vannus
got a gas bil for nearly 800 quid for 3 months. Thankfully had seen watchdog edf had billed me in cubic feet when i had a metric metre so bill was roughly 3 times what it should have been. Still nearly died when i opened it.


interesting, our gas is cubic ft too....how do you tell what measurement they are charging you in then? just says kWh on the gas bill
#14
the metric meters are newer though... but thats a huge mistake for them to make. bet they wouldnt make it the other way round!
banned#15
okay reading into the bill there is 1 cubic feet = 0.02832 cubic metres
there is a calculation of [multiplier value 2.83] so they are converting into cubic metres I guess?
#16
lumoruk
interesting, our gas is cubic ft too....how do you tell what measurement they are charging you in then? just says kWh on the gas bill


They all charge in kWh. Its just the conversion if meter is imperial(measures in cubic ft)they have to multiply by 2.83. If meter is metric they dont.
#17
We got a bigger than normal gas (and electric) bill recently. I think they prices have hiked up :(
#18
prices are supposed to be coming down
#19
An imperial meter will have f3 on it, a metric will have m3. I think there are pictures on the internet.

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