An Economy 7 meteR

Hi we have An Economy 7 meter and so far this year have spent £850 on electricity. We are out all day and most weekends, our heating is rarely on and is usually about 12 degrees in our 2 bedroom maisonette. Can anyone explain why it is so much? It doesn’t seem normal and we can’t figure out why it is so much. Please can someone help :disappointed:

Hi @bethany.leask - welcome to community :wave:

It’s very rare for a meter to start recording usage inaccurately (93% of meters submitted for accuracy testing are found to be operating within statutory limits), but it would be worth performing a ‘burns test’.

For electricity

  1. Turn off your power at the fuse box

  2. Take a photo of the meter reading and make a note of the time.

  3. Wait 30 minutes -1 hour

  4. Take another photo and make a note of the time.

  5. Check if the electricity meter is still clocking consumption. It should have stopped, as no electricity is being used – so if it’s clocking, it’s probably faulty.

Please let us know how you get in with this.

– Meg :bulb:

Hi we have tried this and nothing happened. We are having our electrics looked into as they are currently tripping all the time with everything on the same circuit. I am wondering if this will cause the meter readings to increase and therefore us getting a large billl? Thanks

Hi @bethany.leask :wave:

So following your burns test it sounds like the meter is recording accurately so this does not sound like the issue. It sounds like a good idea to get an electrician to visit the property. When the circuits trip this will not increase the readings on the meter. It sounds like maybe there is a faulty appliance in the property using too much energy which could be causing the trip.

If the issue is found to be with the meter please let us know and we can look into resolving this for you. We can also compensate you for the electricians visit (up to £120) if the issue is specifically with the meter.

If you have any other questions please let me know.

Best,
Luke :bulb: