I moved into a new 4-office building once and the meters were switched
around on everyone's bill. I got billed for the much bigger space next to
me until I figured this out. Trace your wires. Shut everything off and
see if "your" meter still spins.
First, I'd talk to some other tenants in the complex of offices and
find out what their bills are running,
Second, turn off or unplug would be better, everything (includes
unplugging electric clocks). Wait for a couple minutes and check
your meter to see if it is turning.
Third, Talk to power company and landlord again and if that us still
unsatisfactory, then I'd talk to the city (don't know your city
departments) and to your states utility commission.
It may also be a good idea to leave the breaker off a couple of nights, just
in case something is happening after hours.
Not mentioned is reading the meter itself. I'd read it every few days and
track the usage according to the meter. Check the billing/reading also.
Many commercial and industrial readings have multipliers for the particular
meter. IOW, you read the meter and from the start to present it indicates a
use of 100. There may be written on the meter a multiplier of say 10, 35,
70, etc and that 100 becomes 1000, or 3500, etc.
I've had numerous situations with incorrect readings for electric, gas,
water that amounted to thousands of dollars (in both directions) because of
errors in reading, missing a decimal point on a digital meter (shocking when
you get a $6000 bill instead of a $600 one)
Also, I just checked my home bill and last month is was 618kW and I run a
lot more "stuff" than the op has in his office. two computers for 12 hours
a day, TV, reading lights, two refrigerators, one freezer a few night
years ago I installed a outside outlet then found my neighbor would
plug in our house outlet rather than drop a extension cord thru his
So I added a master off switch inside our kitchen.
One day my neighbor knocked on the door, and asked my grandma to turn
on the power. she said sorry I dont know where the switch is, while
she stood right next to it...:)
That swich has been very useful for stuff like christmas lights.
I didnt mind the few pennies of power he was using, it was the
principle of the thing...
It is possible that other tenants circuits are tied to meter. This happens
after a building has gone through many remodels over the years. As other
have suggested, I would try shutting off some of your circuit breakers and
see if someone complains.
Another possibility is that you may have a "Demand" meter. These are
different from residential meters. In addition to measuring consumption the
demand meter will also record your peak use for the billing period. The
power company will then charge you as if you used that peak for the entire
billing period. This can make your bill quite high even though your actual
consumption may be low. If you know where your electric meter is, go and
take a look at it. There may be an extra needle in the center.
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I want to thank everyone who helped out. I am sorry this is a little
late but sadly, I forgot my Gmail password and I just had it reset.
Anyways, I am glade to say that we got to the bottom of this; one of
the other offices' heat and/or AC was running off our meter!!! The
landlord got that taking care of and I just got June's bill, it was
$35. We are still discussing how much they are paying me back for the
last three months of AC usage if any but I am not very concerned with
that. Again, thank you all and GOD bless.
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wrote:<BR>> Just rented this office space 2 months ago. It is a new
business so I<BR>> don't really have much here that draws electricity yet.
I have a PC/<BR>> modem/router, mini 1.7 Cu. Ft fridge, and 3 40W
fluorescent lights.<BR>> The pc is on for 6 hours, 4 days a week. The
fridge is obliviously on<BR>> 24/7. the lights are hardly use. Did
not use the heat but it is gas<BR>> anyway, the AC is still off, no need
for it yet.<BR>><BR>> My March bill stated that I used 700KWH, April was
710KWH and May was<BR>> again, 708KWH. This is more than what I am using in
my house! I called<BR>> the electric company and they said they'll send
some one to read the<BR>> meter and I should call back in few days. I
called back and they said<BR>> everything looks OK and nothing more is to
be done. They were terrible<BR>> on the phone, extremely rude and they
basically said, go F yourself.<BR>><BR>> I bought a kill-a-watt and
according to it; the fridge is using 22KWH/<BR>> month, the PC is using
1.4KWH in the 6 hours it is on daily. That adds<BR>> up to about 42KWH
assuming 30 days usage. The light are hardly used<BR>> but I'll give it
another 20KWH.<BR>><BR>> All this adds up to 84KWH and I am paying for
700KWH. What is going<BR>> on? The electricity company is no mood of
helping and the last time I<BR>> talked to a supervisor he told me, "if you
don't like our service you<BR>> can go somewhere else"!!<BR>><BR>> I
talked to the landlord and I told him if this is not taken care of<BR>>
soon, I am moving out! is there something I am missing here? What<BR>>
would you do? TIA and hope someone has some pointers.<BR>><BR>> BTW, I
am in Toledo, OH and my "shitty" electric is Toledo Edison.<BR><BR>I want to
thank everyone who helped out. I am sorry this is a little<BR>late but sadly,
I forgot my Gmail password and I just had it reset.<BR><BR>Anyways, I am glade
to say that we got to the bottom of this; one of<BR>the other offices' heat
and/or AC was running off our meter!!! The<BR>landlord got that taking care of
and I just got June's bill, it was<BR>$35. We are still discussing how much
they are paying me back for the<BR>last three months of AC usage if any but I
am not very concerned with<BR>that. Again, thank you all and GOD
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