All of a sudden, 3 months earlier, I start to get crazy $135 and $125 bills! Our consumption hasn't changed. Same routine every day, every week, every month. And even comparing winter months of 2019 to winter months of 2018, it is still too high (over 50% higher consumption)!
I also have a friend who is living in the same building (family of four), in a bigger 3-bed apartment, same utility company, and still pays 30% lower than I pay.
I have checked the meter reading vs what is mentioned in the bill, and it was close enough (actual readings not estimates).
What else can I do? Can I call the utility company asking them to come over and check if something is wrong? And is that visit usually free? Any laws on my side here, or it is all up to the utility company decide whether they choose to help or not?
Edit to add information:
- Heating is gas.
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2018 1st quarter consumption: Jan: 504 KWH + 38.696 Therms Feb: 424 KWH + 33.264 Therms March: 301 KWH + 25.527 Therms 2018 Q1 total: 1229 KWH + 97.487 TH 2019 1st quarter consumption: Jan: 567 KWH (12.5% more than Jan 2018) + 39.84 Th (3% increase, I am ok with that) Feb: 516 KWH (21.7% more) + 38.845 Th (16.8% more) Mar: 464 KwH (54.15% more!!!!) + 36.625 Th (43.5% more "avg temp this March was lower than last year, so I am ok with that one) 2019 Q1 total: 1547 KWH (25.88% more) + 115.31 Therms (18.28%)