Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Electricity meter mix-up costs golf club bill for £63,000

Members of a golf club were stunned to get a business electricity bill for almost £63,000. It was sent to Honiton Golf Club for power it has used over a period of more
than five years. Now the club’s committee is seeking legal advice over whether it has a case not to pay the demand from electricity company E.on.

Club vice-chairman John Chew said the bill arrived out of the blue. He said: “Without doubt it came as a huge shock. We were astounded. It came out
of the blue. Everyone has been astonished. The amount covered an undercharge of electricity over a period extending over five-and-a-half years.”
He said it came to light after checks of the club’s electricity by E.on’s meter readers.

It showed five digits, instead of six on the meter – meaning a false reading was given for years.

Mr Chew said the club changed to E.on from another utility company in May 2005.


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