A GARAGE owner was left “gobsmacked” after EDF sent him a bill of more than £255,000 for just 42 days of electricity.
Graham Hill, 44, had his meter read on Monday and was expecting a bill with no charges as he had settled the outstanding balance.
But when he received the letter from EDF, it said he owed £255,196.12 for the period between August 6 and September 16.
He said: “I took it next door and asked, ‘Am I reading this right?’”
Graham, who is the sole worker in his garage in Exmouth in Devon, usually gets electricity bills of £30 per month.
He said that EDF had over-estimated the meter reading by abut £100 in the past, but “nothing in this league”.
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He said he’s treating the bill as a joke and added: “Luckily I am that sort of chap but for someone more sensitive a bill for quarter of a million quid could tip them over the edge.
“You have to ask why the alarm bells didn’t start ringing before the bill was sent out.
“If I had actually used that amount I would probably be getting a visit from the police.”
Graham said he doesn’t have a smart meter and instead lets the bills build up and usually pays when the total reaches £400. He pays 20.9p per kilowatt hour.
EDF told The Sun it was “deeply sorry for the obvious distress” and said that it has corrected the bill for Graham.
It added: “As our customers would expect we have tight controls to ensure that the bills we send are accurate.
“We have launched an investigation into how this happened.”
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