The impact of not taking regular reads
After a prolonged period of estimated billing, the result of a supplier taking an actual read or you providing an actual read can be multiple credits and rebills. This is partly due to the obligation of the energy provider to reflect this usage fairly between actual reads. It’s not an exact science, as differing suppliers take differing approaches in how they apportion the usage between the previous and current actual reads. Where this crosses different contract periods and/or suppliers, it can be a complex and disjointed exercise with an equally tricky paper trail for members to follow at the end of it.Photos of meters
On some occasions, we may request a photo of a meter and the readings – this is the most efficient way to resolve meter issues with a supplier. Please ensure photos include a clear view of the meter read displays and meter serial number. There is a good reason we ask for this as it gives us evidence to tackle the energy supplier.Software
Our validation software has additional checks to ensure member reads are considered 10 days prior to and 10 days after the bill period, as well as during the bill period. This helps to ensure estimated bills reflect actual reads.
We are finalising an updated portal for member reads, which will give access to historic reads and half hourly data.Contact us
If you need help with your meter reads or energy billing, please contact AF’s knowledgeable Energy team on 01603 881 818 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgGlossaryMAP
Meter Asset Provider – The owner of the meterMOP
Meter Operator – installs and maintains the meter in working condition