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Screwed up gas bill -- so confused

November 7th, 2006 at 04:01 pm

Something funky is going on with my gas bill, and I'm not sure what to make of it.

FYI, the gas company is Southern Connecticut gas, and the account is under my roommate's name.

It started last month, when the bill for September came in--

--as being $0.

Now since gas was obviously consumed during the month of September, it was kind of baffling. I told my roommate to call the gas company and ask, but he moaned and groaned and of course did nothing. His argument? They messed it up, they fix it themselves. The implication being--don't argue with a good thing, he'll take the free gas.

Um, okay. Not what I would do, but hey--his account, his problem, ultimately.

I surmised that the bill would probably be double for October.

Well, the bill for October just came in. It was... $3.48. Again--very, very wrong. Again, I told my roommate to call the gas company. Again, he's dragging his feet. I really can't get him to do anything that he doesn't want to do, because he is Just. That. Stubborn.

*bangs head*

I really don't know what any of this means. I just don't want him to accidentally default on the bill and get our gas cut off or something, or slap me with half the late fee/penalty when it finally catches up to him.

Has this ever happened to anyone else?

4 Responses to “Screwed up gas bill -- so confused”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    It sounds like an error...but I dont see how they can hit you with any late fees if you retain those bills for proof. However, they CAN and most likely will be knocking on your door for any amount not yet billed---so I would continue to save your portion of the bill just in case.

  2. frugalmomof1 Says:

    Tthey will come looking for payment sooner or later.

  3. jodi Says:

    Are you on a budget plan? If so, could they have been overcharging you in the past few months and are now trying to even things back up? Just a thought. Otherwise, I have no clue - but hold on to those bills and set your money aside, because they probably will catch on sooner or later.

  4. baselle Says:

    Lots of reasons, none of which is illegal.

    Is your gas metered? It could be that the meter is broken. (On the daily farm in my youth, that happened.) Is someone coming to read your meter - sometimes the gas company doesn't bother if they can model your gas consumption. Or are you in an apartment complex and your bill is confused with another address?

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