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    Default My gas bill

    ... is $22.66 for a 91 day period. WTF?
    Should I ring them and see what's happened? I feel a bit odd wanting to ring them and ask for a bigger bill lol, but I'm worried that if I don't, I might just get a double bill next quarter.
    Although in saying that, I'm in a post-Christmas/pre-return-to-school financial slump, so maybe I should take advantage of getting a lower bill at this point in time? I actually wouldn't be able to pay a bigger bill at the moment.

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    In summer it's generally low as you're not running heating!
    You can check to see if it's an estimate or an 'actual' read to be sure.

    Sometimes if it's an estimate reading they may have under estimated and when they do an actual reading next time and there was a large discrepancy your next bill can be a lot higher than you expect.

    Hope that helps.

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    I'd ring them.

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    What do you use gas for in your house?

    I used to have hot water, a big heater, and the cooking on gas. Naturally, in Winter we got a much higher read than what we did in Summer.

    If you only have cooking and heating on gas your bill for Summer will really only be for gas use for cooking purposes. That would explain a lower bill.

    I'd check the bill to see if it's an estimated or an actual reading.

    I'd think about my current gas use versus what I was using it for last season.

    I'd double check that all supply charges (not the usage, but the actual cost of supply) have been included.

    And if all that checks out, happy days! Just pay the lower amount and move on


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    Was a previous bill estimated too high perhaps, then when they did the reading for this bill they adjusted the amount you owe? It should say on the back in the detailed section what the readings were.

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    I have gas hot water and cooktop only.
    The graph of monthly usage dropped a bit last quarter, then dropped significantly this quarter. It's a fraction of what it was this time last year!

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    That's a bit suss then....

    Not that I'm wishing a higher bill on you but maybe a phone call might be in order.

    Maybe there was a quarter you were overcharged?

    The only reason I could see hot water and cooking costs go down would be if (A) You had someone move out of home or (B) You set your hot water unit to a lower temperature.


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    It is simply unfathomable to me that the price of gas could have gone down

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    Hmm ok so it says it's an estimate. Not very good estimators are they!!

    So do I now expect a very high bill next time?
    Or if I ring them, can I request they come and do an actual reading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    Hmm ok so it says it's an estimate. Not very good estimators are they!!

    So do I now expect a very high bill next time?
    Or if I ring them, can I request they come and do an actual reading?

    Yes, I believe you can. And that is exactly what I would do. At some point, if you have used more than they estimated, you will be liable for the difference. If they did underestimate, the longer that goes on the bigger the liability you will have to catch up on.

    IMO estimated readings are simply an indication that the company is too cheap/lazy to get someone out to your property to do the reading. They have little consideration as to how that will affect you down the track.

    I'd given them a call and ask for an actual reading for that exact reason.


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