Loire Posted December 16, 2015 Share Posted December 16, 2015 Morning allI have a problem with the functioning of my EDF elect meter HC/HPand hope you can help shed some light on whether I might have to pay a hugeamount for past consumption. Sorry it’s so long, but I wanted to make thesituation as clear as possibleI bought my house 11 yrs ago, and had it re-wiredimmediately. It was until about 6 yrs ago, my maison secondaire, in which Ispent little time, particularly in winter, but had very high bills. The housewas heated by electricity, but I was very frugal with it. I am with EDF. Alllocal opinion, which might well not count for much, was that my bills were fartoo high, and a few years ago, though at the moment I can’t recall when, thoughI think about 2 yrs or more, I had an EDF technician out to check the meter. Beforelooking at it, he told me that he had never found a meter to be defective, andthat I should have to pay for his call were he to find that there was noproblem with the meter. He told me after checking the meter that that he hadn’tfound a problem, the meter was working as it should. I have never received abill, and my bills following that were lower, so I assumed that he had notwished to let me know that he had found a problem. As I have been very ill andhad numerous problems to deal with and there didn’t seem to be one there, Ididn’t look into it any further.Last winter I had a pellet burner installed, but it was inplace only few months as it was found to have been installed incorrectly, was dangerous,and, due to being next to a listed church, no installation that would satisfythe Architects des Batiments de France, mairie etc and meet the safety regscould be made, so after a long battle, it was uninstalled, and I reverted toelectric heating.I have been paying for my electricity every two mnths, submittingreadings to EDF each time, except each June and December when an EDF calls toread the meter and the bill is based on that reading. I noticed a while agothat the heures plein reading wasstaying the same, but initially put that down to the technician having probablyfound a problem which he hadn’t admitted and that EDF might be in effectrecalibrating to account for making my past bills higher than they should havebeen. After a few such readings however, including those by EDF meter readers,who said nothing about it, a few months ago I asked an electrician to check mymeter. He did so, but explained that only EDF could gain access to the meter controls,and that there is a seal to prove that I have not done so. He also thought thatthe (consumption) wheel was turning too quickly, but couldn’t find out why. He toldme not to worry about the HP problem and say nothing as any problem with themeter was not mine and I could not be held responsible, it was EDF’s, and theseal proved that I hadn’t tampered with it. The meter reader came out from EDF this morning for theusual December reading, and said that I have a problem with the HP reading andthat one if their technicians would make an apt with me in the new year.I’ve tried to access my EDF account to see the worst possiblescenario for if they make me pay the difference, as money is very tight at themoment, but am able to access very little - it says there is a problem and Imust try later. I have been able to look sometimes today at the consumptionchart, which shows that HP hasn’t changed since Jan 2014, so around 2 yrs. Whathas been changed today is that nearly all the readings on that chart are beingattributed to me, including the EDF meter readers’ readings each Dec and June.I can’t access my bills to see if they show that the meter was read by an EDF meterreader at the times they took the readings. Call me suspicious, but what a coincidence that I can’tcurrently access all my account, and that the only meter readings shown to havebeen done by the EDF meter readers are immediately before the problem, which isjust not true, as I said, they have been each six months. I’ll keep trying to accessmy bills today, though I have a number of other urgent things to do and am notwell. Does anyone know if in the circs EDF could make me pay asum. which no doubt they would pluck out of thin air and be far higher than anyjustifiable amount, for the “difference” between the bills that I have paid fortwo yrs as all HC, and what they consider they should have been HP, even thoughthe meter prob was not of my doing, and they have read it 3 or 4 times in the intervening period? Isthere any limit on the time for which they can demand such money? Any quote ofthe law would be particularly welcome. I have a horrid feeling I’ll receive abill to be paid very quickly amounting to thousands of euros, though without beingable to access my past bills I don’t have much idea of the worst poss scenario.Any help/advice you can give on this would be verygratefully received. Kind regards Loire Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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