Why do I have three electricity meters? And how to choose a provider?
June 17, 2014 4:52 PM Subscribe
I just moved into a new house (in Sydney). We have three old fashioned looking electricity meters
in the meter box. Why are there three?
posted by lollusc to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I watched them for a while this morning (around 9am) and two of them were moving. First one for a minute or so, then it stopped and another one moved a bit. When the second one was moving I checked inside the house and the only electrical thing working was the lights. When the first one was moving, the heater might have been on. I haven't seen the third one move at all yet.
Does this mean I have on-peak/off-peak measurement? Does that affect which power company I should sign up for? I just moved from Canberra, where we don't have a choice of power company, so I'm a bit confused. We have a letter from AGL saying that the previous tenant was with them and sounding vaguely as though we have to sign up with them too for that reason, but they don't come right out and say so, so I think that means we don't actually have to. Is that true?
And finally, most power companies seem to want a 12 or 24 month contract. We only have an 8-month lease on this house and are likely to move at the end of that. Does that mean we will have to pay some sort of contract breaking fee, or is it okay as long as we stick with the same power company, even at a different address?