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Man Facing $1,900 Utility Bill Says The Numbers Don't Add Up

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(WLNS) - Consumer’s Energy says they've had to work with some customers on payment plans with winter utility bills after higher than normal usage.

As 6 News Nick Perreault explains, an Ovid man has some serious questions and says he understands a high bill, but these numbers don't add up.

“I couldn't believe it, I thought you've got to be out of your mind,” said Adam Bartek. "November is 63.52, December is 117.13.”
Adam Bartek says anyway he does the math, he doesn't see how his February bill adds up to 13,000 kilowatts of electrical use, totaling a whopping $1,900.

"I did some research after I got the bill and found out in 2012 the national average of electricity used was just over 10,000 hours,” said Bartek.

Bartek says even if you add his bills from October to January, that’s not possible.

The utility company says it is possible. Bartek was using multiple space heaters during the winter months and Michigan’s harsh winter didn’t help.

"What you're looking at Nick is a big make-up bill after several months in a row based on estimated reads,” said Terry Dedoes, Consumers Energy Spokesperson.

Estimations that Dedoes says is done based on average weather, which this winter was anything but.

In Bartek's case the estimates were done when nobody was living in this home.

"We are going to test that meter, we've got a meter testing for Monday.”

"If they fix it fine, but I'm still not going to be happy with it,” said Bartek.

Not happy because Bartek says he had little communication with the company during the winter months and encourages others to check their statements regularly.

"Don't just go in and fix it, if you see something is off, try to get ahold of them, try to get it fixed first,” said Bartek.
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