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    Stone Fox
    Some advice on coin operated electricity meters
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:33 PM
    Some advice on coin operated electricity meters 1st Mar 10 at 12:33 PM
    I've just moved into a studio flat in a big blog of similar studio flats where every studio has it's own coin meter.

    The problem is, it seems to be charging me an absolute fortune!

    I've read another thread on here saying that the landlord can't charge me more than he's paying but how do I work out what he's charging me from the meter? And what do I do if he won't provide me with evidence of what he's paying?
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    • markharding557
    • By markharding557 1st Mar 10, 12:47 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 12:47 PM
    You should ask him what the unit rate is first
    if he has nothing to hide then he will tell you,the charge should not be more than 14p
  • Stone Fox
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    • 1st Mar 10, 2:32 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 2:32 PM
    thanks, yes I'll ask him what he's paying but is there anyway of telling from the coin meter in my studio what I'm being charged?
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    • By macman 1st Mar 10, 3:24 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 3:24 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 3:24 PM
    Run it to empty, note the meter reading, run it to empty and note the meter reading again. Deduct one from the other to calculate the units used. Divide total cost by units used to calculate unit cost.
    Edit, should have said the obvious-put some more money in it once run to empty and meter reading noted!
    Last edited by macman; 01-03-2010 at 3:39 PM.
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  • Stone Fox
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    • 1st Mar 10, 3:49 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 3:49 PM
    thanks mate, i'll try it the run it empty trick.

    How come it shouldn't be more than 14p? And what is normal / fair?
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    • By frugalmacdugal 1st Mar 10, 4:19 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 4:19 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 4:19 PM
    Hi,



    if it's this type of meter, on the coin slot, if you look round the outer edge it should tell you how many units/coin.
    Y'all take care now.
    • macman
    • By macman 1st Mar 10, 4:27 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 4:27 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 4:27 PM
    thanks mate, i'll try it the run it empty trick.

    How come it shouldn't be more than 14p? And what is normal / fair?
    Originally posted by Stone Fox
    Whats normal is what you would pay per unit in your region.
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    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 1st Mar 10, 4:53 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 4:53 PM
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    • 1st Mar 10, 4:53 PM
    Hi,

    managed to get a close up but not the full picture,



    on the unused units face there should be a pointer at A or B, then on coin slot mechanism look for the A or B circle, think A is the outer, then, where the coin box fits over the locking nut there should be a wee pin telling you how many units you are getting for each coin.
    Y'all take care now.
  • Stone Fox
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    • 4th Mar 10, 7:34 AM
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    • 4th Mar 10, 7:34 AM
    I looked, at it says 'B' rate, and I can see the rate on the dial, but I can't see any indicator of which rate it's charging me.

    I tried the run it empty, read it, put 50p in, run it empty and read it thing but either I wrote the first reading down wrong or there's something wrong with it;- I read it half way and it seemed to go DOWN, then back up for the final reading...

    It seems to be charging me around 5 per day to run an old fridge (the type with the little open fronted freezer box at the top) and a convection heater set to the bare minimum to keep the room warm.

    Any thoughts?
    • spiro
    • By spiro 4th Mar 10, 8:23 AM
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    spiro
    Hi,

    managed to get a close up but not the full picture,



    on the unused units face there should be a pointer at A or B, then on coin slot mechanism look for the A or B circle, think A is the outer, then, where the coin box fits over the locking nut there should be a wee pin telling you how many units you are getting for each coin.
    Originally posted by frugalmacdugal
    Surely if the dial on the left shows the unused units and you put a pound in the meter you will see how many uints are added. That will tell you how many to the pound and therefore roughly how much per unit.
    IT Consultant in the utilities industry specialising in the retail electricity market.

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    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 4th Mar 10, 8:43 AM
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    frugalmacdugal
    Hi,

    as spiro says that'll give you a rough idea, the 'pin' that tells you how many units per coin is off picture, but should be roughly in the 7 o'clock area, where the coin box sits on locking nut.

    Edit: if it's set as in the picture, looks as if about 2.5 units per coin.
    Last edited by frugalmacdugal; 04-03-2010 at 8:46 AM.
    Y'all take care now.
  • Stone Fox
    It turns out that I wasn't being deliberately overcharged, the meter was running fast as a symptop of it's imminent demise.

    The meter died last week, the landlord replaced it and my power bill has gone from 40 p/w to 14!
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