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#41 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:40 PM

I wonder what component inside the old meters was allowing for inaccurate measurement of power.


On another note - I have been told that the smart meters used by BCH have a usable lifespan of about 10-15 years.

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Probably reasonable, you would not be using a 10-15 y.o. computer.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:50 PM

I wonder what happens when a smart meter kicks the bucket. Does it start reporting funny numbers? Does it send a distress signal? Does it catch fire and cremate itself on the side of the house?

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:56 PM

I can't believe BCH would tell someone that they might have a "power leak".

Me thinks there's more to these high bills than just "catching up"...

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#44 selector

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:58 PM

me thinks they have a big problem and dont know what to do.
I mean 983 for two months. come on.

#45 selector

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:03 PM

We use only wood for fuel and dry the bulk of our clothes on a rack in front of the wood stove.
Now we're even scared to turn a light on.

#46 LJ

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

For 2 months...they told me I had better hire an electrician?
This has more than doubled.
You guys got your bills yet?
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Even half that seems high, especially if, as you say, you don't use it to heat or dry clothes etc. You would seem to have a problem somewhere, perhaps you should contact an electrical engineer to sort it out.
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#47 Sparky

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

http://www.optimumen...r-for-accuracy/

#48 selector

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:02 PM

The problem is mounted on the outside of my house. I shouldnt have to hire anyone. we have NEVER questioned our hydro bill in 15 years of living here. They install a smart meter and bam a huge spike resulting in a huge bill. Our bills have always been normal like everyone else we talked to until this smart meter...someone F#@cked up big time.
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#49 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:07 PM

That's crazy. $983 would power my condo for over five years.

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#50 selector

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 09:40 PM

I know, I feel totally burned and there doesnt seem like there is anything I can do outside of hiring an electrical engineer and that will just add to my cost and more than likely prove nothing. What do they want me to do? rewire my house? It was just fine last billing period.
Bc Hydro was VERY rude in our phone conversation...there pr sucks.
This completely blows me away.

#51 Bingo

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:07 PM

We use only wood for fuel and dry the bulk of our clothes on a rack in front of the wood stove.
Now we're even scared to turn a light on.


I'm going to install solar panels to charge my 12 volt battery bank that powers the inverter to service the 110 outlet that my toaster is plugged into.

#52 Sparky

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

FYI. The cost of a kilowatt hour from BC Hydro has increased 31.2% in the past 24 months.

The tax that the government receives from homeowners for hydro has increased over 100% in that same time period.

If we are going to live like this when we are old....we are going to need a lot of money.

#53 North Shore

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:42 PM

^ [Shakes head] They'll jack up the hydro rates, ICBC and MSP premiums, and then claim that they didn't raise taxes:mad: Politicians wouldn't say sh!t if their mouths were full of it..
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:59 PM

^ [Shakes head] They'll jack up the hydro rates, ICBC and MSP premiums, and then claim that they didn't raise taxes:mad: Politicians wouldn't say sh!t if their mouths were full of it..


Maybe they are trying to depopulate British Columbia?

#55 Sparky

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

Liberal slogan for "Families First" might not be accurate...sorry VHF.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:27 PM

the family compact is who I believe they refer to in such statements.
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#57 Sparky

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:34 PM

^ What does "Family Compact" mean?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:36 PM

http://www.bcliberal...ly-first-agenda

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:59 AM

the family compact is who I believe they refer to in such statements.


Actually, Families First applies only to the families of Christy Clark and her friends. You have to learn to read between the lines!
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#60 Bingo

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:00 AM

^ What does "Family Compact" mean?



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