Electricity Bill Too High?
January 17, 2007 9:10 AM Subscribe
We live in a two bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Our electricity bill averages between $60 and $80 a month. Yesterday, however, we received a bill in the mail seeking an additional $645 for the past 215 days.
posted by suasponte to home & garden (13 answers total)
Apparently, ConEd conducted an actual meter reading last week, as opposed to the estimates it had been using. This seems extraordinarily high, and breaks down to an extra $80 a month on top of what we've already paid. Are electricity bills of $160 a month at all common in NYC? Granted, over the summer we used window air conditioners, but we did the same thing last summer without having to pay this much.
Do I have an recourse with ConEd? They're coming to re-read the meter, but I have a feeling they're not going to say they're wrong.
One wrinkle is that last spring, ConEd discovered that the two tenants in the building were paying for the electricity in the common areas, and that the landlord never had his own meter. Over the past month or so, this has been remedied. Could the work being done by my landlord's electrician (around the same time the meter was read) have somehow changed the reading? It is now unclear exactly which tenant (me or my neighbor) was paying the landlord's bill. ConEd seems to think it was my neighbor, because they've received a reimbursement.