I got my power bill a few days ago. It once again showed a stunning amount of dollars for a person living alone (the other half and I have considered moving in together but not quite yet). Over the past few years I have seen my bills go from under $100 in winter to over $300 while using less electricity.
I had become so concerned that I started to worry that someone was stealing my electricity. Then a couple of bills ago I went to check my meter readings, because I thought maybe they were being read wrong. I was surprised to note that the meter reading was way out of line with the number recorded on the bill. So I started recording the reading every week. For my last two bills, the meter reading on the bill could not have possibly fallen anywhere within the readings I recorded every Friday. (yes I was analy retentive about it but it is a lot of money we’re talking about here!)
So, now that I have evidence that my power company is defrauding me by making estimates, what can I do about it, and how can I make them pay for not only the money they defrauded me of, but also all the anxity, grief and freezing cold days I had to ensure because I was too worried about having to pay for the electricity? By my recordings, I have used about a third of the power I was being billed for. This could have been happening as far back as 2006.