Wondering if anyone got a very inflated Con Ed bill this summer during the lockout (ours is usually around $70, but was $135 in August).. If so, were you able to get them to reduce the bill at all? I found some references to it in the news here and here. A friend's bill which is usually around $80 was almost $200. Grr.
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Super high con-ed bill?
My bill last month was extremely high ~$600 but this current month's bill was the lowest it ever was ~60 (without the extra zero).
so its a wash as far as i'm concerned
I have central air and it the warmest July summer ever and con ed was on strike.. so what you gonna do?
My bill was a bit high last month, $133, but I did not restrict my AC usage at all so I did not really think about it. This past month my bill was only $80 and I still had the AC on all month so now everything is starting to make sense.
during the strike they couldnt read all the meters so they estimated usage. supposedly they are retroactively correcting the bills now. if yours hasnt been credited yet you can read your meter and contact them.
Upon receiving a con ed bill of over 350 dollars (more than twice my usual bill) I compared my usage with that of a year ago, and saw that according to con ed, I had used more than TWICE as much. I had to go down to the con ed office because the wait time over the phone was so long.
I was told that, in June, because of the impending strike, and the forcast for prolonged heat, con ed intentionally reduced the voltage output by 5%. When I asked if a 5% reduction would cause me to double my electrical usage, the rep. said that he was not an electrical engineer, but he believed it could.
I've sent an email to Councilman Lander requesting that he look into this to see if con ed is acting fraudulently, but haven't received a response yet.
It seems to me that we've been victimized by a corporate monopoly.
First of all, there's many providers you can get your power from. Con Ed would rather just deliver it than generate it. Second, as stated in other posts, your bill was probably an estimated bill and will be corrected on the next go round. My bill in my office was around $42 for the month of August but then, I don't have a/c here.
If you are too busy to speak to a human at Con Ed who might be able to split your bill for you because of the extenuating circumstance (strike + estimated bill)...
Just pay the same amount you paid last year, pay the balance + whatever is due on your next bill.
Can't say Con Ed won't report you to Credit Agencies or shut off your power but just a wild guess that neither will happen.