There is many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

“DIY ? Nobody told me mate”.

Posted by Big John on February 22, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I received letters and emails from both my domestic electricity and gas suppliers saying that if I wished to avoid estimated quarterly bills and have my monthly payments adjusted to a realistic figure I should telephone my meter readings to an 0800 number or register them on-line.

This sounded like a good idea to me as my bills were nearly always estimated and incorrect, and the meter readers usually knocked at my door halfway through my breakfast, or when ‘she who must be obeyed’ is in the shower and I’m still snoring my head off.

So, I registered my meter readings on-line at the utility companies’ websites, and by return received polite emails thanking me for my co-operation.

Today, in the post, I received an electricity usage statement showing that the supplier owes me £80 ($125) and one from the gas company showing that I owe them £150 ($230). OK, so it’s “swings and roundabouts”, but strangely neither company adjusted my monthly payments.

I had just read these bills and was halfway through my second cup of coffee when the doorbell rang. I opened the door and guess who was standing there ? …

Yes, you guessed it ….

… a bloody meter reader !

5 Responses to ““DIY ? Nobody told me mate”.”

  1. Grannymar said


  2. Jay said

    There are some areas here that wanted to make meters wireless so that they wouldn’t need a meter reader. The electric company would get all the info electronically and it would be more efficient and all that. But, they can’t because some people said it would be the government monitoring people and all kinds of conspiracies and blah, blah, blah.

  3. I have not taken up their offer for the following reasons.

    1. I pay handsomely for the privilege of being supplied with electricity and gas. Why should I do the work that I am paying someone to do (and, additionally, deprive someone of a job)? Does the shopkeeper expect me to tot up the bill and work the till? Of course not: the idea is absurd.

    2. They will not trust you to return correct figures for ever and ever because people cheat and people make mistakes. So they will have to check your readings against the meter every so often. I am happy to wait until then for them to correct the estimated readings.

    Incidentally, I once had the following conversation with a meter reader:

    Meter reader: Can I ask you… Do you understand the meter readings?

    SilverTiger: Yes, thanks.

    Meter reader: Oh right, well… Would you explain them to me, please…?

  4. Big John said

    Guess what ? … The other meter reader turned up today !

  5. rummuser said

    This will take the cake Big john. The electric meter reader took the reading. Our bills show the photographed readings on them. When the bill came the reading keyed in by some data entry operator showed a reading that I am likely to reach next year.

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