I just got my eBill from Mother Fortis, and as I just had a meter installed in my new shop, I wanted to see what I had to pay for the hook up, etc.
I was also interested in how much they were going to "estimate" my usage at as it was a brand-new building and they had no history to "estimate" from.
They somehow "estimated" my reading at 1,423kWh.
How in the name of heaven do you estimate something you have absolutely no knowledge of? I guess the powers that be at Fortis are second only to our beloved politicians in their omnipotence.
I have only used 7kWh from the hook up in mid-July till my September billing day, as I have very little wiring done yet.
All this started me thinking.
They lock out the meter readers and then overestimate every one of their customers' power bills. As they now have no meter readers, your bill is going to be their estimate unless you do their work for them and help them get rid of meter readers by reading your own meter - unless you don't mind them ripping you off.
What a racket - and our politicians stand idly by as we get fleeced.
And what about the two-tier system they now have. They estimate your usage and then charge you the second tier rates for every kWh they estimate you've used over 1,600kWh for that billing period. But, your meter will not be read for months and, if and when it finally is read, how will anyone know which rate you paid for the overages?
Here's the biggie: at what rate will they pay you back or credit your account?
I think we all know the answer to that, don't we? I'll bet it will net them millions in the end.
Bigger bonuses for the elite and no jobs for the meter readers, that's where this is going.
Also let's talk about their whole eBill system.
They push for you to sign up, but if you do, they have no system in place to let you view your previous bills.
You have no access to your account data unless you phone or email them. What kind of system is that in this day and age?
Of course, keeping people in the dark is to their benefit.
Also, I live in an area with no gas service and as such am forced to use much more electrical energy than someone who has access to gas, yet I have to live within the same tiers as the people with other options.
Totally wrong in my humble opinion.
Kim L. O'Reilly,