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Title: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: Matt on June 24, 2020, 01:20:21 PM
I've been receiving estimated bills from ConEd since April. Originally the bills stated that this was due to safety precautions related to COVID-19, however my June invoice did not state this.

The estimates are based on the usage during the same month in the previous year.

Like most of us, I've been spending significantly more time at home and I'm likely using more energy. I'm not sure what to expect when a bill with an actual reading arrives.

Has everyone else been receiving estimated bills? Has anyone begun to receive bills with actual readings?

As many people have lost some or all of their income, I'm guessing there may be a very unwelcome surprise arriving from ConEd soon.
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: ljr on June 24, 2020, 02:03:37 PM
Yes I have gotten some estimated bills, but also received an email stating that ConEd would soon be installing meters that can be read from a central office, so we won't get estimates anymore.
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: r on June 25, 2020, 02:48:34 PM
When ConEd starts charging the real amounts I think they are going to start receiving some estimates themselves of when people can actually pay. I am expecting some enormous bills...
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: abcdefghijk on June 25, 2020, 03:07:13 PM
Are folks expecting bigger CON ED bills due to air conditioning?
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: dssjh on June 25, 2020, 04:06:24 PM
Are folks expecting bigger CON ED bills due to air conditioning?

the bills always spike when AC use goes on. i keep my bills for seven years, just to be safe, and bills go up between 50 and 60 percent when ACs go into use. this is for someone who works at home, has one AC and keeps it on "saver" mode  to go off when it hits the set temperature.
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: Matt on June 26, 2020, 08:25:43 AM
Are folks expecting bigger CON ED bills due to air conditioning?

I was thinking I could be seeing a larger than normal bill just based on being home all the time and using more electricity. The estimates are based on the same month in 2019, which isn't a fair comparison - there isn't one. I would imagine this is true for many people as we normally have jobs to go to or are out doing other things. AC is a factor of course, but that season is just starting.
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: abcdefghijk on June 26, 2020, 09:01:38 AM
Are folks expecting bigger CON ED bills due to air conditioning?

I was thinking I could be seeing a larger than normal bill just based on being home all the time and using more electricity. The estimates are based on the same month in 2019, which isn't a fair comparison - there isn't one. I would imagine this is true for many people as we normally have jobs to go to or are out doing other things. AC is a factor of course, but that season is just starting.

Makes sense.
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: petegart on June 26, 2020, 01:35:55 PM
Way back in 2008, we had our Con-Ed billing changed to Level-Billing.  They look at past history, and take the typical annual figure and divide by 12.  In this way our bill is consistent and predictable.  At some point they do read the meter and recalculate the monthly figure, but it has been great for us..
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: hum@njukebox1 on June 26, 2020, 01:50:11 PM
I do too.  Your bill is the same every month until December when you'll either have a little lower bill (if you haven't used as much energy that year) or a little higher bill (if you have used more energy).  Last year, they recalculated my monthly bill in September because I had used my AC much more than usual last summer and it was clear my December bill was going to be high.  You can always check the back of the bill for actual usage and costs.  That way, you can keep track of if you are in the red......or the green.
Title: Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
Post by: Donald G on June 28, 2020, 10:41:00 AM
Several years ago the Super of my building and his family went out of the country on vacation.  For 2 weeks I was the temporary Super assistant.  My job was to let utility people into 2 buildings for them to read meters.

During a Con Ed meter reading visit, the guy said that Con Ed was installing new meters on all buildings.  With the new meters, there would be no need for an individual to actually come inside the building.   They would only have to drive down the street in a van and point some sort of instrument to read the meters.  My understanding is that these new meters have not yet been installed.

FYI