I called PG&E and they made me call the Smart Meter # 866-743-0263.The guy I spoke with could offer no explanation and said they were not receiving a large number of complaints. When my husband called to complain about our personal bill the rep at PG&E told him "off the record" that the old meters were not efficient and did not read correctly.
This NEW METER method shows them that you're using power at what they call peak periods and they double and triple the price for these periods all under the excuse of "conservation" and the need to teach you to use your appliances at different hours (which won't help you at all).
The hours between 2pm tell 7pm are those hours and here in Bakersfield the temp is around 104 to 117 and PG$E say that we should use fans during these hours to save money..
AS I SAID, this is a way for this MONOPOLY to get more money only, we need to take action now and fight to stop this.
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I have spoken to other home owners who complained about the same problem. Also, if you have the same problem, let me tell you now that PG&E customer service is a joke.
I have not purchased any new appliances or changed anything in my home to create this high of a bill increase. If you live in the state of California, I have provided an address for complaints. have a small apartment on my property with seperate electric.
In fact, we have change our thermostat to 84 degrees in 104 degree weather. The "Smart Meter" was installed and my first bill shot up to 0.00. we had it turned off for over a year & just turned it back on for a day.
There is something terribly wrong with this smartmeter. The electric company came out & put a new meter on the place because the old one wasn't reading any usage.
Now we have rented the apartment & the electric compnay sent us a bill for assumed usage for the past year when all electric was turned off. I totally agree and I just got off the phone with them.
My home bill doubled and I just received the bill at my work and it went up 42%.
I did an analysis of our average monthly Kwh usage over the last 24 months and the average daily Kwh was 62/day. I just went out and read my meter and for this month was are at 105 Kwh/day.