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Old 02-19-2007, 03:34 AM   #1
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someone stealing my electricity???

i got my first bill last week.....$366 ****in dollars for my 1000 sq foot place???

i called the last owners and they said they avg'd $65-$80 a month. and maybe $100 during peak summer.

anyone have thoughts??? energy leak? someone stealing electricity......

my bill says i'm avg'ing 66 kw hours per day???? wtf........my parents place whch is 3 times as big and they leave the tv's and on all the time....is only avging 32 kw hours per day
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:35 AM   #2
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whats up Flip? Havent seen you in a while. Anyways, what company are you with right now? i have been battling this for a while now. gimme a bit more info. did you pay a deposit yet?
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whats up Flip? Havent seen you in a while. Anyways, what company are you with right now? i have been battling this for a while now. gimme a bit more info. did you pay a deposit yet?

lotsa happened in the past few weeks.....i totalled my s2k, my gf totalled her sebring 6 days later, so i've been taking care of her.


i paid a deposit when i bought my townhouse in jan. and i got this rediculous bill...i'm pretty right now...there's a elec. meter next to mine thats never moving....and mines moving the fastest out of all 4 i see. i need to call centerpoint..and the HOA, and prolly my real estate agent to use my homeowners warranty
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lotsa happened in the past few weeks.....i totalled my s2k, my gf totalled her sebring 6 days later, so i've been taking care of her.


i paid a deposit when i bought my townhouse in jan. and i got this rediculous bill...i'm pretty right now...there's a elec. meter next to mine thats never moving....and mines moving the fastest out of all 4 i see. i need to call centerpoint..and the HOA, and prolly my real estate agent to use my homeowners warranty
yeah man, sorry to hear about all that . i was right there with you. wrecked a bike, friend went to jail, i got a ticket and someone broke into my house and stole all our ...while i was sleeping.
anyways. if you wanna gimme a ring it will be easier to figure out over the phone. pm on the way
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My bill is $436 this month. We have been using our heater alot tho
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It's all those heat lamps you have going.
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Who is your electric company and what is their rate?

You may have an expensive provider

Go here to see who is cheaper.

http://www.powertochoose.com/
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Have them come put a new meter on. Those things do go bad and give whack readings.
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my bill for last month came in for 350 bucks. I have a 950 s.f apt that has never seen a bill higher than 180. I called, told them to re-read (if it they were right, it would have cost me 7 bucks for a re-read) as I went and looked and it was lower than what was stated on the bill. They re-issued my statement and it was 1/2 of what they orioginally billed me for.
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those meter readers are usually lazy....and they guesstimate numbers....and then they'll come back another time....and get the actual numbers. it all adds up in the end. it just sucks that you have to pay a large lumpsum sometimes. you can always ask for a re-read....but again, they may just not show up and say it's correct. and a re-read will cost you like $25 or something like that if they are correct.
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those meter readers are usually lazy....and they guesstimate numbers....and then they'll come back another time....and get the actual numbers. it all adds up in the end. it just sucks that you have to pay a large lumpsum sometimes. you can always ask for a re-read....but again, they may just not show up and say it's correct. and a re-read will cost you like $25 or something like that if they are correct.
This is why I told them I went and checked the meter over a week after the "initial" read and it read lower than what was on my bill. This way I knew they would actually looked at it. I also placed some electrical tape over the meter so it would have to be removed to read it. I've heard of people doing this and getting bills and the tape was never touched
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Can't they read these things remotely now?
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Can't they read these things remotely now?
If that is the case, there should be slim to none when it comes to errors although computers will always have flaws.
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Did you have the bills for the last year pulled before you boght the place? This should give you an idea to what was being shelled out before. After comparing that read your own meter next month and see how off they have been. Otherwise you probably have a crappy AC / Heating unit. Electric heating will eat up electricy quick!
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when I moved into the house I'm in now, I asked prev owners about what they averaged. Mine would be more because of more ppl/computers/etc. After the first bill, which was waaaay high, I started checking the meter everyday at like 9pm. I wrote it all down and when I got my next bill, it was higher than the month before, but from my checking it, I was way under the usage they sent. I called in, complained, they sent a reader out to me, I was there when the guy came. I watched him read the meter and he said "Oh, sorry about that, I'll have customer service call you when I get back in." I got a call from cust service and a new, correct bill was issued. Same thing happened the next month, same actions from me, a new bill. The third month it happened, I told them that I was checking the meter myself daily and if they didn't get their straight, they're dropped. My meter has been right ever since. Company is Entergy fyi.
I recommend you to check your meter daily, write it down. After a while you'll figure up about what you're using, then maybe switch to checking it weekly. Someone mentioned to me that my readings may not be admissible if it came to that, so I've started to take pics/video footage every week.
I did ask them to install a new meter and was told I'd have to pay a $100 service fee. I'll just stick to writing/videoing/pics of my meter for the time being.
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You don't have to check daily. You just need to check it and compare it to your bill once a month.
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sounds like the power companies are a bunch of thieves
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Sounds like?

Do you not pay your own electricy bill?
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Sounds like?

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