You’re probably on this page because you have received an estimated bill from us.
We’d rather not send you an estimated bill but sometimes we don’t have an actual meter read to calculate your bill from.
Your distributor should be reading your meter about every three months. Here are three reasons why we might not have received an actual read:
If the reason for the estimated reading was one of the first two above, then you can request an adjustment to your electricity bill by providing us with a ‘customer read estimate’ before the due date of your bill. A customer read estimate is when we use the meter read you submit to calculate your bill.
If the reason for the estimated reading was the third point above, unfortunately you can’t submit a customer read estimate. In this case, your distributor or metering coordinator will have sent us a notification setting out the reason why a reading can’t be obtained, so we’ll be in touch separately to arrange the replacement of your meter.
The best way to avoid estimated bills in the future is by asking us to arrange for a smart meter installation at your property. These are often free* of charge and will record your consumption each day to the nearest half-hour.
For more information on how to read your meter and to request a smart meter, give us a call on 1800 686 686.
For DC Power Co to accept your customer read estimate, you can provide us with a photo.
Your photo must:
* The smart meter installation will be free for all standard meter installations. However, if a non-standard meter installation is required, DC Power Co will levy a fee of no more than $100 to cover the cost of the installation. Examples of non-standard meter installations could include where minor asbestos removal, fuse replacements and link installations are needed.