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It’s easy to sometimes just blame your energy provider for making a mistake or for thinking they have intentionally overcharged you. The truth of the matter is that providers being only human can make errors with bills and overcharge and of course corruption happens in every industry. But you shouldn’t just jump to these conclusions when you get a high electricity bill.
Rather you should first do an honest assessment of your electricity usage ( have you been using it more?). Also check to see if it’s peak time. Remember consumers pay more for electricity during peak times. Check peak times below:
It’s always a good idea to contact your electricity provider (over phone is best) and raise your concerns. If it turns out you have used a lot of electricity or more than usual and are struggling making the payment you can arrange for a payment extension. Energy providers can also set up a payment plan which allows you to pay the amount in installments over a period of time. This way you could avoid any overdue fees. If it turns out that you’re paying too much for your electricity shop around for a better deal. Compare a range of electricity deals here. Link to page once live!
Remember it’s always a good idea to take a meter reading and compare it with your least meter reading. Learn how to check your meter reading here. It may have been recorded inaccurately or estimated incorrectly. Your energy provider will adjust your bill.
Here are some simple steps you can immediately take to reduce your electricity costs: