Electricity stolen by neighbours

AOA,

Hope everybody is fine.

We have 2 meters installed. major consumption total 4x1.5 ton ACs. 2 Ac run about 12 hours a day and other two about 6 hours a day. 1xwater pump, 2xrefrigerators. and remaining ordinary household appliances

last month we got bill of 23000+21000 = 44000, after taping the wires with a tape because there were cuts on the wires which were coming out of the meters.

this month bill goes double 48000+35000 = 83000

for the last 2-3 years we are facing such problem. i checked my neighbour bill on internet, its only Rs 1100. how could it be possible. they also use Ac. the bill doesn't justify their usage of electricity. they also steal our water from our tank which is on the roof.

now tell me what to do. complaint to wapda.

tomorrow is the last date to pay the bill. can i get stay not to pay the bills.

what are option with me.

Thanks

First of all, check the number of units in the bills and on the meters. If the "PRESENT" units readings on the bill are less than what is on the meters now, then your meters have actually utilized this much electricity and you have to pay the bills. If readings on the meter is less than what is "PRESENT" units reading on the bill, you are a victim of over billed units. You may contact WAPDA in this case.

Regarding your doubt about theft, the way electricity meters are installed on very open locations these days, it seems unlikely. However it depends upon the location of your meters.

BTW: Are your meters digital ? If yes, is your Neutral wire common with your neighbors after passing through your meter ?

@khurram89

If you are concerned that somebody is consuming your share of

units, turn off the main trip switch in your home and monitor the

meter. If it has stopped, then there is no leakage, downstream.

If you wish to check the accuracy of your meter, you can get any

electrician to come with a 1000 ohm resistance (it's shaped like

a rectangular block) and put it across one phase of your meter

with the neutral, for 1 hour. Your house breaker will remain shut

during that hour. (You can do this experiment for 30 minutes as

well, after making the needful changes in calculation).

If after one hour your meter shows 1KWhr expended (with under

5% +/- margin of error), then your meter is accurate and working

properly.

After successfully completing both these steps, you are still getting

high billing from Wapda, I would suggest that you get your A/C

compressor(s) looked at. (Do your lights dim, or fluctuate when

your A/C compressor kicks in ?)

Sheikh 'Meter Reader' Chilli

@ sheikhchilli My lights dim/fluctuate when A/C starts.

I got 31000/- bill. My previous bills are not more than 20000/- on same usage.

Is the problem in wiring?

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@khurram89

If you are concerned that somebody is consuming your share of

units, turn off the main trip switch in your home and monitor the

meter. If it has stopped, then there is no leakage, downstream.

If you wish to check the accuracy of your meter, you can get any

electrician to come with a 1000 ohm resistance (it's shaped like

a rectangular block) and put it across one phase of your meter

with the neutral, for 1 hour. Your house breaker will remain shut

during that hour. (You can do this experiment for 30 minutes as

well, after making the needful changes in calculation).

If after one hour your meter shows 1KWhr expended (with under

5% +/- margin of error), then your meter is accurate and working

properly.

After successfully completing both these steps, you are still getting

high billing from Wapda, I would suggest that you get your A/C

compressor(s) looked at. (Do your lights dim, or fluctuate when

your A/C compressor kicks in ?)

Sheikh 'Meter Reader' Chilli

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Thanks. its very useful, i'll check it with electrician.

Yes lights dim/fluctuate when the A/C starts. why does it happen? when the golden pump starts, lights also go dim.

we have single phase meters. 2 AC on one meter and the other two are on the other meter.

Have you taken any actions for water tapping? IMHO you need to resolve that first; use it as the means to confront your neighbor about stealing electricity.

@khurram and tramper

your light fluctuation issue seems to be a problem with your transformer. usually everytime a heavy load like an AC is started the voltage will spike drop for a sec always.. its normal.. but try that with a smaller load like an iron or a deep freezer,, it its still dimming, you have

1 -Very poor and weak aged wiring in house

2 - there is overall low voltage in your house, check all phase and individual sockets.

3 - your transformer is very weak.

PS: overall this year, due to 3 times increase in unit price, the bill itself is increased 3-4 folds without any extra unit spent, so keep that in mind.. last years 8500rs bill is now over 18-19k .. low voltage increase units consumed. so low voltage could be key reason fo both your problems.