This is a special blog update about my broken electricity meter…..
The meter started playing up late June and this is when I stopped making payments to SSE. SSE understood this and early August I had something called a “check-meter” installed. The check-meter is installed next to my normal meter and it looks like just another normal meter, but a single rate one and not the day rate and night rate that I normally have.
Since then SSE have been round a few times to read both meters and we are all agreed something IS wrong and it’s now been passed onto a third party, this third party is not SSE, but 100% independent, this third party will come and test the meter, then at the same time totally rip-out the meter and install a brand new one, this old meter is then taken away and pretty much demolished with all the testing. This is good news as the problem is close to being over, but the bad news is there is a wait, of 3-6 months!
I’ve haven’t paid a penny to SSE since June and truth be told I feel bad. I get awesome customer service from Rosemary my account manager and Jo who runs the social media and it feels sort of wrong to keep holding off payments. So last week we came to a arrangement. I will be paying the check-meter single rate since the install in early august till the new meter is installed in 3-6 months. Then after the tests have been done I will be billed for the correct electricity used from between late June (when the meter stopped working) and early august (when the check-meter was installed), this is all below.
- Week – 11th August 2014
This week is 00010, Means I used 10 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.59, plus VAT = £1.67
- Week – 18th August 2014
This week is 00019, Means I used 9 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.43, plus VAT = £1.50
- Week – 25th August 2014
This week is 00027, Means I used 8 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.27, plus VAT = £1.33
- Week 1st September 2014
This week is 00035, Means I used 8 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.27, plus VAT = £1.33
- Week 8th September 2014
This week is 00042, Means I used 7 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.11, plus VAT = £1.16
- Week 15th September 2014
This week is 00049, Means I used 5 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £0.80, plus VAT = £0.84
- Week 22nd September 2014
This week is 00058, Means I used 9 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.43, plus VAT = £1.50
- Week 29th September 2014
This week is 00066, Means I used 8 units @ £0.1591 per unit = £1.27, plus VAT = £1.33
So there we are, 100% bang up-to-date. Then as from Monday I will be making weekly payments again like I used to and using this check-meter readings till this third party install me a new meter in 3-6 months. Then when they have finshed I will be left with a bill for the between late June (when the meter stopped working) and early august (when the check-meter was installed). Oh and also you will notice I have been under £2 per week for the last 8 weeks so that’s put me in a good mood too.
On a side note – If you are with SSE and on a ebico tariff too you will get a £12 credit on your account next week, we are all getting that. More info here: that’s works out at well over a month of free electricity for me so I’m happy here too lol