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Very High Electric Bill

gorgeouseyes Avatar
6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Hi there... Does anybody think this sounds odd.... I had my electric meter read a few days ago, and got an Actual bill today from british Gas.... statement is for 26th Feb - 17th Aug 2010 Costing £1092.60 in debit....... Feb reading was esitmated at 44976... May reading was estimated at 52117........june reading was estimated 52117 and August reading was actual 56944.......Im a little confused as my last statement, 6 months ago was £25 in credit and now im £1092 in debt.... surely for 6 months this is wrong??? Im in a small 2 bed room house, with gas central heating.. no dishwasher or tumble dryer.. and the only major appliance i have is a washing machine and 42 plasma Tv.... I have been in this house for 2 years and never had a bill like this before.. I am due to move in 2 weeks and cannot afford this bill................. at 11:25 i read the meter to be 57027 and now at 1pm it reads 57028... Nothing has been on except the laptop and the microwave for 30 seconds... does the counter normally move this fast for such small electric consumption? any advice would be appreciated
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
i normally pay £90 a quarter - but i have gas central heating and gas cooker.. 2 bed house with normal appliances
#2
Same, I have gas central heating, gas hob and electric oven (but i 90% use the hob to cook) small 2 bed house... im very confused!
#3
Who are you with? I think you should call them and get it suspended while they check it out.
As an example my parents live in a 4 bedroom house, have a pond, hot tub, big fish tank, 2 42" tv's and their office is in the house as well - this has 2 computers, 2 laptops, 2 printers etc.
Not to mention all the other gadgets around the house and their bill doesnt even come close to that for the year let alone 6 months!!
#4
What was the last actual reading you have, and when? Sounds like the bill is probably accurate, why did they not get an actual reading in February?

You can't really judge the use over such a short period of time as you don't know\say what the sub-units were (ie if it was 57027.9 at 11:25 and its now 57028.0, that would be perfectly normal..).
#5
Sounds very high I pay about £45 per month. In a 3 bed, with lights and computer left on 24/7, about 3/4 washloads and dryer going, xbox, telly etc. I had this in my previous property not such a large amount but you should ring and ask them to double check your initial reading against previous occupiers. This is what screwed mine up I gave the figures wrong so my fault but after 12 months of constant calling, finally got someone who knew what they were talking about and found the error instantly!
#6
you said your february one was estimated as well - what you need to do is go back to when you last had a 'proper' reading - i pay £ 211. per month for my gas & electric and I am not at home during the day (but mine is a 3 bedroom) if you look at an average £ 25 - £ 35 per month since start then you should be able to work out how much it really should be
#7
To me it would seem like they have been estimating too low for a long time and when it has come to the actual reading it has balanced out that you owe them a lot. If their meter reading is near to what your current usage is then there isnt a lot you could do I imagine.
#8
imafish2002
To me it would seem like they have been estimating too low for a long time and when it has come to the actual reading it has balanced out that you owe them a lot. If their meter reading is near to what your current usage is then there isnt a lot you could do I imagine.


They will generally be quite reasonable and responsible in arranging a fair payback rate - if you explain you can't afford to pay it all at once, they will likely arrange an agreeable rate, probably say around £100 per month, and you probably have grounds to make some sort of complaint that they have been unreasonably undercharging you for too long.

You really need to find your last actual reading, its date, and work out what payment schedule they recommended from that, to see if you have grounds for complaint on them being unrealistic... (and also to see if you electricity usage is actually unusually high)
#9
jah128
imafish2002
To me it would seem like they have been estimating too low for a long time and when it has come to the actual reading it has balanced out that you owe them a lot. If their meter reading is near to what your current usage is then there isnt a lot you could do I imagine.
They will generally be quite reasonable and responsible in arranging a fair payback rate - if you explain you can't afford to pay it all at once, they will likely arrange an agreeable rate, probably say around £100 per month, and you probably have grounds to make some sort of complaint that they have been unreasonably undercharging you for too long.You really need to find your last actual reading, its date, and work out what payment schedule they recommended from that, to see if you have grounds for complaint on them being unrealistic... (and also to see if you electricity usage is actually unusually high)

That is a very good point. When I said "there isnt a lot you could do" I meant it in the way that they are unlikely to reduce the bill for you as you have used those units. However as jah mentions, they will likely help you out by allowing you to pay it back over a period of time rather than as a lump sum.
#10
You need to find out the reading from when it was last read.

if you have been on estimates for the last year, then the bill may be correct.

How much have you paid them in the last 12 months ??

Also, they can only back date you for 12 months worth of payments & ask for a discount, i bet you can get a 5% discount by just asking on a bill like that.



Edited By: RickT on Aug 27, 2010 13:28: edit
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Turn off the sodium lamps in the cultivation room.
#12
moob
Turn off the sodium lamps in the cultivation room.

I literally just shot coffee out of my nose. Thanks... :P
banned#13
Bill sounds correct as looks like you didnt give them accurate readings over the last year or more so were seriously underpaying for electricity consumed. New bill reflects this as readings are now up to date.

Ring and ask for a repayment plan for the debt.
banned#14
moob
Turn off the sodium lamps in the cultivation room.

now that was funny !
#15
i live in a 3 bed house 2 kids who alays leave lights/telly on i have laptop on all the time and the xbox is always on and we pay £40.00 per month. that sounds really high to me
#16
Phoned BG and had it sorted .... the Meter reader had read my meter wrong and it turns out that in fact I only owe £50 and they had been Over estimating me.... Not £1092 !!! instead of my meter reading 57207 it actually read 47207
banned#17
gorgeouseyes
Phoned BG and had it sorted .... the Meter reader had read my meter wrong and it turns out that in fact I only owe £50 and they had been Over estimating me.... Not £1092 !!! instead of my meter reading 57207 it actually read 47207


Now that sounds like the obvious reason!
#18
BG have been weird with me recently also, moved here 2 months ago but as was away a lot forgot to change details to my name(was a pre pay meter) added my details about the 2nd of August, and on the 4th got a voicemail telling me to urgently ring them but as I had no credit on mobile I only found out yesterday and since then they have left about 5 messages and I rang up and for some reason got this foreign sounding person who said there was no issues with my account but they did say they had me down as bill payer at a old property when the bills were actually paid by someone else(which worried me)
#19
master_chief
gorgeouseyes
Phoned BG and had it sorted .... the Meter reader had read my meter wrong and it turns out that in fact I only owe £50 and they had been Over estimating me.... Not £1092 !!! instead of my meter reading 57207 it actually read 47207


Now that sounds like the obvious reason!


It explains a lot - but the OP had twice read the meter themselves remember! I assume its an old-style dial-based meter rather than a digital one...
#20
jah128
master_chief
gorgeouseyes
Phoned BG and had it sorted .... the Meter reader had read my meter wrong and it turns out that in fact I only owe £50 and they had been Over estimating me.... Not £1092 !!! instead of my meter reading 57207 it actually read 47207
Now that sounds like the obvious reason!
It explains a lot - but the OP had twice read the meter themselves remember! I assume its an old-style dial-based meter rather than a digital one...


Yes it is an old style dial based meter... so i guess it is easy to mistake what number each dial reads
#21
I had this problem once on a day/night rate meter - the Meter Man put the entries in the wrong way round and my bill was humungus, it took me 3 weeks to get them to accept they'd done it wrong and change it so congrats to you for getting it sorted :D

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