I have a small shop, which I run 8 lights and a PC in, 8 hours a day. My first quarterly electric bill was and estimate, £170, around £14 a week which is what I was expecting.
They read my meter a few days ago and I got my second quarterly bill, (which is off a meter read) and its £580 for three months! There is no way I use that sort of energy. I opened the meter cupboard and just below there was a plug socket with a plug in that goes up through the ceiling, seemingly into the flat above.
I know when the landlord was doing up the flat above he had an extension lead going up there as there was no electrics. I also know hes a cowboy.
Anyway, I unplugged the plug and my meter has slowed down by around three quarters. The trouble is, how do I prove what he's been doing, am I liable and what can I do???
Ive only had the shop open 6 months, I cant afford to relocate or to close down but I certainly cant afford to pay for some tarts electricity (above is a 'massage parlour'.)
I phoned the landlord who played dumb and said he'll see me in a week, I phoned the electric company who are going to check the meter and my usage but the trouble is of course, the meter reading is technically correct.
Im losing sleep over this!