“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 !