The electric bill is too damn high
October 10, 2011 7:55 PM Subscribe
How much are your Con Ed bills? Help me work through some issues with my electricity bill in NYC.
posted by dixiecupdrinking to home & garden (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently got a bill from Con Ed for about $1,100. I called and they told me that they just got their first meter reading in about 15 months and that was the balance I owed over and above the estimated charges. I hadn't really been paying attention, but apparently my bills had all been estimated charges since June of 2010 or so.
My bills have averaged around $35 a month, year-round. I live alone, in a small one-bedroom, am out of the house a normal amount, run A/C in the summer, and don't pay for heat or hot water. In retrospect, $35 a month, especially in the summer, seems low and I don't doubt I owe something. However, pro-rating that $1,100 over the relevant time period would mean that I was actually using something like $110 a month in electricity. This seems wrong to me.
So, question #1: What is a reasonable electricity bill in NYC for someone in my situation? I really don't know, I've only ever lived with roommates in bigger apartments before.
Question #2: I rent in an owner-occupied brownstone. I have a suspicion that my meter might accidentally (let's say) be rigged to something I shouldn't be paying for, like the common area lighting. What are my options for investigating this? This question has both a technical element and a human element; I'd like to know both what I can do, legally and physically, to determine whether I am being charged correctly, and how to go about doing so without alienating my landlords, who after all do live in the building and have been pretty decent to me.
Question #3: Are there other ways I should be following up on this that I am not thinking of right now?