Coin Meters/electricity charges

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25 Sep 2015 17:54 by fitzroy Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

Early this year I rented an apartment in southern Spain for six weeks. It was unexpectedly cold.  It had a coin electric meter and I found that my coin supply quickly diminished because the cost per day was approximately €12. At this rate my total electricity expediture for six weeks would have been €504 ( I was only using two small oil filled radiators) despite having been quoted €34pw as the highest weekly cost while using the aircon.  I discovered that the meter had been set at € 0,50 per kwh - clearly far too high and after much "discussion" the apartment owners agreed to it being reduced to € 0,15. This was near the setting of my neighbour's meter € 0.12 and would result in a weekly cost of €32 approx.

Having thought that I had located a place to stay early next year, I am being quoted a meter with a setting of € 0.40 which will again result in a cost far above that indicated to me by the apartment owners, and indeed much higher than I pay at home.

Can somebody please advise me what is going on here?!


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25 Sep 2015 18:04 by Team GB Star rating. 1245 posts Send private message

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Can somebody please advise me what is going on here?!

At best, they are making extra money from you. At worst, extortion.

Find somewhere else to stay without a meter or at worst just a meter on the AC




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26 Sep 2015 10:15 by Tadd1966 Star rating in Los Montesinos. 1755 posts Send private message

you are being ripped off - simple

find another place to rent without coin meters


“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge”

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27 Sep 2015 07:55 by windtalker Star rating. 1720 posts Send private message

Don't know if it is the same in Spain but in the UK it is illegal to for a landlord to set a tariff or resell electric or gas .

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27 Sep 2015 13:03 by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1101 posts Send private message

Domestic electricity has a top rate of about 14 cents per Kwh. Standing power charge works out around 3 cents an hour and IVA is added to that. It all comes to about 19 cents per Kwh so charging more than 20 cents is profiteering.

Go somewhere else.


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