POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 4:48pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 10:24am
We’ve been covering the fight between a local businessman and his power provider.
The problem is electric bills that are far higher than they should be.
Tonight, we hear from the folks at Oncor.
Chris Smith has been on a one-man crusade to fight electric bills he says simply don’t make sense.
And for months, the big problems were meter readings he said were too high, and delivery charges from Oncor that suddenly escalated, and stayed high.
“If we consumed it, there’d be no problem paying the bills,” Smith says. “But it’s just unwarranted charges.”
But now he has changed from TXU to another power company, while still using Oncor for delivery, and the bills are a fraction of what they were
“Everything has stayed essentially the same, yet our bills are substantially lower,” Smith claims.
Charles Hill with Oncor says, there is an explanation.
“This first month’s bill he got with Reliant shows to only be a 20 day bill,” Hill told us. Essentially, two-thirds of a month. The last month’s bill that I’m showing with TXU, shows to be $186.”
But Chris says he whittled down his power consumption to a trickle, but the bills stayed high.
“I looked at last year’s bill with this year’s bill, and even went back 2 years,” says Hill. “Usage, with taking dollars out of the equation because the price of electricity will fluctuate, but usage was almost identical. So, I’m not really finding a problem. He may very well be able to buy electricity cheaper. We encourage people to shop around. But his usage patterns are very consistant.”