Apr. 23rd, 2008 @ 09:21 am
My experience with meter reading is in more dense urban areas--think Grand Rapids, Michigan. *grin*
I don't think they have any way of knowing one way or another if the starting reading was good--which is the bitch of the thing.
Hm. It's been years since I worked at CP, but I do have a vague recollection that when they loaded the handheld computers with each day's routes, each meter to be read did have the prior month's reading in it. I think.
Another thing you can do is find out what day each month your meter is supposed to be read--should be about the same day each month, like the 11th working day or whatever--and take a picture of the meter on that day so you have proof of what the meter reading should be on your bill (probably not to the exact number depending on when the reader reads the meter) and compare it to your bill when you get it.
Are utilities regulated or deregulated in Texas? They just deregulated ours a couple of years ago and we got hit with a 57% rate increase which BLEW CHUNKS. There's talk of re-regulating our utilities and there's also agood deal of serios talk about putting in a windfarm offshore, too. I think wind power's pretty rad.
Yes, we're deregulated, but it hasn't really affected me - we're Co-op, not Utility company, so we haven't seen a lot of BS. Until now.
I like the photo idea - and I'll be implementing that. Looks like my meter is read on the 9th..so, I'll start a photo log. The website has a spot where *I* can list my meter reading....so I think I'm gonna do *that*, too. :evil grin:
And, according to the website, they have "over 50,000 meters" . :snerk:
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