If you have a smart electricity meter that’s remotely-read every day, we can use real usage data to work out your monthly bill. However, if your meter is read every two to three months and we don’t have actual data to use each month, we use a process to estimate your energy usage that looks at your past energy usage and takes into account seasonal factors. Then, when an actual meter reading comes through, we adjust your account if we need to. If you’re new to AGL and historical metering data is not available, estimates are based on the average energy usage of similar customers over the same period. Customers who are on My AGL Monthly Bill and have a basic meter can give us their own meter read by entering it into AGL Energy Online. Check out this Community post that explains this in further detail.
Estimated bills are based on our estimate of your energy usage (rather than an actual read of your meter). There are a number of reasons why this may happen. For example, we might estimate your usage if your Distributor (who provide your usage information to us, your Retailer) has trouble accessing your meter to read it. This might be because your meter’s been installed indoors, behind a locked gate, or somewhere that’s protected by a dog. Another common reason for getting estimated bills is that you have chosen to receive monthly bills. Unless you have a digital meter installed at home that gives us your usage information every day, we’re likely to only get an actual read from your Distributor every two or three months. When we get an actual meter read from your Distributor after giving you an estimated bill, we’ll check and potentially correct your account based on whether we’ve charged you too much or too little. This might lead to you getting an adjusted energy bill down the track. You can tell if your bill is based on an estimate or an actual meter reading by looking at the ‘Reading Type’ or ‘Current Reading’ section on the back page of your bill. To ask for an actual meter reading (a fee may apply), please call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245.