Friday, 14 November 2014

The New Meter

We have had Pay As You Go Hydro (Aurora ) meter for many years.
This means you have a card, take the card to an Agent, usually a service station or newsagent, pay money and the amount is put on the card via a chip, then you put it in the slot on the meter, and power is available.  We found this very convenient and still do, as you just don't 'forget' to keep money on the card.

Power this way was always cheaper, but it's not anymore, as there are different tariffs throughout the day and at weekends.  The amount of money left on the meter has been unreadable these past few years.

A letter was received last week telling us a new meter was going to be installed.  We decided not to have Pay As You Go anymore as a 'whisper' was roaming around that it was more expensive than the normal meter.  So hence the price and not being able to read the amount of money left we decided to go back to the old way, which by the way is a cheaper tariff.
This meter was installed today, only took 15 minutes, so now we will get an Account.




16 comments:

  1. Very interesting gadget...have never seen one before.

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  2. I hope it works out well for you.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  3. It's interesting to learn how things are done in different parts of the world.

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    1. Yes it is interesting, i was thinking the same thing when doing the post.

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  4. I've never heard of them. My partner told me of having to put coins in meters in houses in England for power. I think your style might be good for people who struggle to pay electric bills and my instinct tells me the power would cost more. You can get quite good discounts on your electricity bill just by paying on time, but you have to ask, or threaten to go elsewhere for your power.

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    1. The pay as you go meter served it's purpose at the time. It was a trial thing and we were offered to have it installed way back. Unfortunately we don't have another provider to choose from. Anyway it's gone now so hence the new normal one. Did you know that Tasmania sells power to Victoria, then i believe we have to sometimes buy power from Victoria! (So i was told)

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  5. I have heard of pay as you go power but never knew of anyone who had it I think it would be good idea for those who don't pay their power bills

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    1. That's a good idea Jo-Anne. Pay As You Go would be good for Tenants who come and go as in leasing.

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  6. It is so fascinating to see how things are in different parts of the world!

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    1. What is normal for us is often weird to someone else :)

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