Gas bill doesn't quite add up

Gas bill doesn't quite add up

There are 70 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 13, 2008, titled Gas bill doesn't quite add up. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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#65 Dec 3, 2008
Shocked wrote:
I just turned 19 years old, Moved into my very first apartment! Recived my first every electric bill in the mail $12,000+...**** I yelled at the top of my lungs! needless to say i am 26 years old now they refuse to cooperate, The "Legal System" has gotten me nowhere.. At least my Fiancee has credit, so i can get electric... oh yes i have refused to pay a single penny, how does any1 rack up a $12,000 electric bill?
Get the Better Business Bureau on the horn.
Lillian

Chicago, IL

#66 Dec 3, 2008
I total agree with double checking your bil. I feel that Nicor is constanting over charging everyone. I turned down my heat and kept it at the same temp for months - monitored everything yet we still received a very high variable bills. I would think that our electric would be more than gas. Nicor's complete policy needs to be reviewed by the local governement.
SW Burbs

United States

#67 Dec 8, 2008
NICOR is nothing like Peoples Gas.Peoples Gas read meters every other month via a electronic meter reader mounted on the meter.Every since we moved to the SW burbs it has been a joke dealing with this company.We try to call our meter reading in or report it on-line on the company web site.Nothing works.They're over estimating for unjust profits.
Freedom

United States

#68 Dec 9, 2008
This is a great blog because I see that I wasn't going crazy. I swear I pay too much for gas, and I dont even use it. Nicor has giving me credit back for over estimating last year but the high bills still keeps coming every month. I am going to listen to some of you and look for an alternative company. Thank you.
joany devine

Bristol, RI

#69 Jan 13, 2009
shouldn't your bill show you a meter reading and some sort of calculated rate? We own a shop and the heat is turned on for only 5-6 hours a day then set low when we aren't there. Our first bill was 575.00! There was only a amount owed but no recorded information that leads me to believe this is feasible. How do you do your own meter reading and calculate the usage yourself?!
Kimmy

Crystal Lake, IL

#70 Jun 23, 2009
Nicor is horrible!

I talked to three incompetent women today, that couldn't use proper English. They were rude when "Ax" ing me my personal information, and then downright rude in answering my questions.

I know how to talk to people, so I call nice, and sweet, asking for help.

What do they do, give away free cheese and minimum wage?

I am going to all electric.
rico

Chicago, IL

#71 Jun 23, 2009
Kimmy wrote:
Nicor is horrible!
I talked to three incompetent women today, that couldn't use proper English. They were rude when "Ax" ing me my personal information, and then downright rude in answering my questions.
I know how to talk to people, so I call nice, and sweet, asking for help.
What do they do, give away free cheese and minimum wage?
I am going to all electric.
That's the way it usally is when dealing with any customer service. You get bad apples, but there are some good too.
Dana

Oshkosh, WI

#72 Mar 21, 2011
Kathie wrote:
My house has the meter in the basement and I've have fought with Nicor for 7 years now about moving the stupid thing outside. I've been told that I can pay to have them move their equipment outside. I've been told that it will cost me $700 to move the meter outside. So, I read my meter every month and put in the readings. However, keep in mind that you can only do this for 12 months before they start throwing fits about needing access to your home and meter. Nicor doesn't come out after 5 and doesn't have Saturday appointments that they keep. I can't take time off from work to be there during the week to have them read my meter. And I finally got them to agree to a Saturday reading....only to have them not show up until two weeks later. They were lucky I was home. Nicor is horrible to deal with.
If you live in Chicago it is people gas not nicor. Nicor handles the suburbs of chicago only.
never

Morris, IL

#73 Sep 10, 2011
never does
Jim

Chicago, IL

#74 Apr 23, 2012
Has anybody had any experience with increasing the size of their meter? If so, does NICOR charge for that? any infor would be appreciated.

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