Never thought I would be so excited about an electricity pole! Isn’t that a cool picture of our electric pole!
REALLY? Yes, pathetic as it is, I was excited that after all of the complications and delays, we had our electricity.
And we had our meter hooked up too!
Then we got our first bill! WHAT!?!
Yes, of course, now we are paying for the use of a meter, and electricity.
We HAVEN’T even used the electricity, and the bill was close to $100. You have got to be kidding me!
I was shocked to say the least. I had been told that once we got the temporary meter up, we would ONLY pay for the electricity that we used.
Which would be a $0 bill in my book!
So I call! UGHH!
What is have is not ‘temporary’. We are paying $65 monthly for the rental of this meter, since it is not a ‘temporary’ set-up. Can you say, “I’m confused.”?
I was thinking that everything we had done was for the temporary service, and we were just connecting it underground because we ultimately did not want the wires above ground.
THEN, this is the kicker. . .wait.til.you.hear.this! We got charged $25 for the base cost of the electricity whether we used it or not, and then they added on for the electricity that we used. We got charged for one unit of electricity on top of the base cost. No biggie, right?
WAIT! We didn’t plug anything in to the outlets on this meter hook-up ONCE. Not once! So how is it that we are being charged for ‘using’ the electricity (albeit a teeny tiny amount) when we haven’t even used it???
I have to say this whole bill thing for our electricity was NOT making sense to me.
What’s a girl to do? Call the electric company, of course. So I did.
We decided to unhook the meter because we weren’t using the electricity at this point. It was too cold to do any work down there anyway. So why pay for it when we are not using it, right?
So unhook it already! (After all of that, we want it unhooked~~ Yeaaaaah!)
I know, wishy-washy here, but there were some things not really clear.
To proceed from here, we had unhooked that ‘rental’ meter and determined to get a ‘temporary’ underground service set up. That way, we don’t have to pay for the meter every month. We just have to pay for the electricity that we use, and we will start using it soon, so . . . .
Here we go again.
1) We had a company put in our temporary underground service.
2) It has been inspected.
YAY, now we can use the electricity, right? WRONG! The meter has to be put on. WHAT? I thought that came with the temporary underground service. WRONG again!
WHATever! (note the cynical tone there!) So. . .
3) I send the required paperwork to the inspector so that he can release the work so the new meter can be put on.
4) I call the electric company to make sure everything is a go. NOPE! They tell me they are waiting on a check for the meter, AND. . .ba dum bum! There have been tornadic storms in our area lately, and they are still cleaning that up, so they do not know when they will get to setting our meter up.
As I write, it still has not been connected. It is okay. We haven’t had a chance to get down there and do any work. It has snowed, been cold rainy, and we have traveled on some other days.
Just “Thank you LORD!” that my trust is in you, and now I won’t have much to do when it comes to getting our permanent meter put on our house. We are all set with basically everything!