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Old 19.05.2007, 18:08
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How do you interpret an electric bill?

I got my first electric bill a few days ago from ewz. I was living in the UK when I got the bill before this one.

I searched the forum for

electric
electricity
utility
bill

but only a couple of relevant threads turned up and they didn't have the answer.

My German is terrible, so I may be missing something obvious, but I can't find anything that tells me if this is an estimated bill, or anything that looks like a meter reading.

All I know is I am on "Tarif A".

How do I find out how much electricty they think I've used? Can I get the serial number of the meter they are billing me for?

Can I request they correspond with me in English?
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Re: How do you interpret an electric bill?

In general they base themselves on an estimation (considering how much the previous tenant consumed). They then read your meter once or twice a year and adjust your taxation accordingly.

It's been two years since my last Zürich bill, so I don't know it by heart anymore, but if you can scan it and PM it to me, i can interpret it for you.
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Re: How do you interpret an electric bill?

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In general they base themselves on an estimation (considering how much the previous tenant consumed). They then read your meter once or twice a year and adjust your taxation accordingly.

It's been two years since my last Zürich bill, so I don't know it by heart anymore, but if you can scan it and PM it to me, i can interpret it for you.
Since I posted, I found an example bill on their web site. This bill had three pages, including what looked like a meter readings.

All I got was the page with the total and the orange slip at the bottom.

So it seems there are missing pages. Perhaps because it's my first bill? Or I was drunk when I opened the envelope and binned them .
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All I got was the page with the total and the orange slip at the bottom.
This sounds a lot like an estimated bill, does it say "Akontorechnung" on top? These are just a single page with the orange payment slip. You will receive the first detailed bill after about a year. (Or after you moved to different place.)
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Old 19.05.2007, 19:17
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This sounds a lot like an estimated bill, does it say "Akontorechnung" on top? These are just a single page with the orange payment slip. You will receive the first detailed bill after about a year. (Or after you moved to different place.)
Ah. There is

1. Akontorechnung für Energielieferung.

just below my address. So that makes sense.

Thanks for the help.

Another reason I was interested in the meter reading was to see how much it would cost me if I signed up for the ewz.solartop Stromprodukt at the outrageous price of 91.46 Rp./kWh.

The web site says (as interpreted through babelfish) that joining ewz.solartop provides money to construct more solar stuff. At those prices, I'd expect to be given shares. I'm not sure I'd be happy to subsidise an electricity company in this way. I'd be more likely to buy shares in such a venture though.
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