The next trick: You have to do this on your scheduled meter reading date. That information is printed on your last bill.
In the future, ConEd says it should be able to do its own job of reading the meters much better, thanks to new technology. The company soon plans to roll out a system of modernized “smart meters,” which should eliminate the need for indoor meter readings altogether and hopefully put an end to estimated bills once and for all. According to the company, customers should begin receiving the smart meters in 2017, but the full rollout won’t be completed until 2022.
In other words, most folks will be stuck sorting out the real bills from the estimates for many years to come.
For now, Drury says that when customers get overcharged based on an inaccurate estimate, the goof is usually corrected the next time that the company is able to do an actual meter reading. When that happens, you’ll notice some price adjustments on your next statement.
But the only way to really make sure is to keep a sharp eye on your bill every month. And your meter.