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Is gas and electricity for the rich?

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We keep hearing about prices hikes in gas and electricity but have you ever thought there's something you can do to make sure you're not landed with an even bigger bill?

Thousands of people are paying estimated bills without getting their actual meter readings, then when the meter man does comes along, they get a shock and a big bill!

The One Show's Dom Littlewood has found out that your supplier can take up to two years to come and read your meter. That's a lot of money.

Equally, there are cases where suppliers have overestimated bills, which is money in your pocket.

The gas and electricity watchdog, Energywatch has a number of tips to help customers ensure their bill is accurate.

One of the recommendations is to make a note of when price changes happen and check your supplier has made the necessary adjustments to your kilowatt hours for the new rate.

Another tip is learning how to read your bill.

Two years is a long time to be doing guesswork on your meter reading. Isn't it time we took responsibility for our meter readings? How often do you read your meter? Or is fixed rate pricing the solution to your bills?


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