Originally Posted by Livefree
The bill was an actual bill. Can a faulty meter actually track a Higher reading?
I'm glad I read this thread. This week I am contacting my utility company with evidence there is something wrong in their meter reading. A few years ago, they developed technology that allows them to access readings by driving down the street -- they say.
Here's what I found out, after I bought a second home and spent time away from my principal residence.
Sept 08: I had no
gas use at all. I did not have the gas hot water heater on and I did not have the heat on. I have an electric stove. But my meter reading said my gas use was up 25% from the month before, and up from the year before, when I was home full time in September.
Jan 09: I have the thermostat at 45 the whole month, down from 58. The outside temperature is not colder than January 2008. I have the hot water heater on less, very regulated. Meter reading shows 20% higher use of gas from previous January.
I think these new meter reading techniques are faulty, or perhaps the people using the equipment are doing something wrong.
I plan to contact the utility company this week, because I am very curious.
My heat is gas hot water (a boiler), with electric ignition. Plumber says it's in fine shape.