"Excessive" electric bills despite no one in property any ideas?

Found 30th Apr 2010
This is for a friend, he moed to a few days before end of Feburary but his parents won a months holiday a few days later so he gave me the keys to look after place.

In the first few days about £10 electric vanished over 5 days despite all being on was the fridge, I then put in £10 as planned to be there 4 nights but ended up being 3 and just used laptop about 8 hours over 3 nights, had energy saving bulb on for about total of 16 hours and used oven for total of about a hour and used about £4 this period.

My friend decided to spend longer with his family so hasnt been back yet as living with parents so I still have the keys, I have been back about once a week as get my important parcels sent there and the meter is guzzling electric, I went there 2 weeks ago today and turned main fuse box off so no power was going through house and came back 9 days later to find £4 vanished.

How can £4 be taken off when standing charge is £1.21 a week?

By my checking the times I have been there its been taking about 46p a day off instead of half that so why is it taking exactly double the amount it shoud when theres no debt on meter?

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Debt, my brother had this bother when he moved to a new premises? If your friend owed the electric company money that comes out of the top-up afaik.
You using the right key?

Banned

Drug dealers have tapped his electric, knock on the neighbours doors either side and see if they look stoned or the 'type'

I have one of these key meters. There is no standing charge with my supplier. Sounds as though he needs his meeter looking at. Get him to contact the supplier ASAP.

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Paddy_o_furniture;8497348

Debt? If your friend owed the electric company money that comes out of … Debt? If your friend owed the electric company money that comes out of the top-up afaik



Its his first place that hasnt been bills included and I know he is good with cash since we shared a place before as he hates credit he gets none, doesnt even have an overdraft of contract phone.

1.The house is haunted and the ghouls play that ghost film when youre not there.

2.The neighbour has drilled through the wall to pliug in his sunbed.

3.Ring your energy supplier and ask.


Simples.:thumbsup:

ryouga;8497368

Its his first place that hasnt been bills included and I know he is good … Its his first place that hasnt been bills included and I know he is good with cash since we shared a place before as he hates credit he gets none, doesnt even have an overdraft of contract phone.


He using the key the electric company supllied him with? he may be paying someone elses debt if not

Nothing horticultural in loft or sheds?
Get supplier to check meter and any wires running to neigbours.

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Paddy_o_furniture;8497382

He using the key the electric company supllied him with? he may be … He using the key the electric company supllied him with? he may be paying someone elses debt if not



He is but I know he rang up company when he moved in as I was there with him that gave him some sort of reset code so he could use the old key and he said company told him there was no debt as did his landlord.

:thumbsup:Immersion heater left on for hot water, these use 3kw an hour while heating up?

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DEALWARRIOR;8497500

:thumbsup:Immersion heater left on for hot water, these use 3kw an hour … :thumbsup:Immersion heater left on for hot water, these use 3kw an hour while heating up?



Nope I found that and turned it off over a month ago.

I'm all electric and I always have my hot water left on, as well as the shower since the cord broke. With my cooking, PC, TV and their various attachments as well as a debt, I'm only using £10 a week.

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cookiemonster83;8497732

I'm all electric and I always have my hot water left on, as well as the … I'm all electric and I always have my hot water left on, as well as the shower since the cord broke. With my cooking, PC, TV and their various attachments as well as a debt, I'm only using £10 a week.



That sounds reasonable though I would try and get it down to £7 or £8 if it was me though thats possible if you have debt.

One of the main reasons I want to ge this sorted is I was wanting to move there once contract ends for current place but if the bills are high its not worth it.

I did notice that even with the hot water left on and fridge on it seems to use the same amount as if they are turned off so somethings wrong somewhere give or take a few pence extra.

I used about £6 a week last July for having a plasma screen on as well as a pc and lcd monitor and had heating on at least a hour a day, the weeks when I used no heating and only watched tv about 2-4 hours a day used about £3.50 those weeks so strange more is being used for less now.

Though my standing charge was about 90p whereas this is £1.21 I think

Tell the Electric Co your meter is running backwards or you are gaining credit - they'll be there in the hour!

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goto fuse box and turn off 1 switch at a time, while keeping an eye on the meter......should be able to narrow it down

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casparwhite;8498381

goto fuse box and turn off 1 switch at a time, while keeping an eye on … goto fuse box and turn off 1 switch at a time, while keeping an eye on the meter......should be able to narrow it down



But it counts down even when fuse box is off so that wouldnt help.

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ryouga;8498386

But it counts down even when fuse box is off so that wouldnt help.



eh, so nothing in the house is on and its sucking your credit.

better speak to power company then and ask whats goin on if it bothers you or ask your mate.....


how do you know theres no debt?

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casparwhite;8498447

eh, so nothing in the house is on and its sucking your credit.better … eh, so nothing in the house is on and its sucking your credit.better speak to power company then and ask whats goin on......has it always been like this or has someone been to "look" at the machine?



Its my friends company so cant ring up, but its has been this way since he moved in though he was told the meter was only just intstalled just before he moved in.

The neighbour seems to pay about £15 electric but they are there every day and listen to music a lot and has a boyfriend so its understandable.

Theres 3 flats and meters, one seems to use about £1-£2 a week though so I did get a bit suspicous at their low usage.

Pikies in the other flat

When I had to have a meter checked a while ago they wanted to charge me (about £85 I think) before they would come and look at it. Then when they agree there is something wrong they give you the money back, but if it is ok they keep the charge.

If it is taking money when the fusebox is switched off there must be something wrong, musn't there? They must be able to confirm that much over the phone?

Rented, has the landlord set the tariff to high?
Still ask the power provider or leccy to pull the main fuse below meter and see who complains.

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Ok so I was with my friend and he spoke to electric company and they said the standing charge is wrong, about 37p a week too high but their systems had it correct, they said though their systems show no debt it could be paying off debt from a former tenant and needs updating correct as it could be a glitch in the system and my friend has to put his key in the meter and go to the display that only shows when key is in.
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