Most people understand that utility bills are a necessary evil if they want to live in the modern world - even if utility bills eat up a large portion of monthly income. That said, few are willing to pay more than they should be paying, and yet, according to a stunning new report, some people are paying more than they should. A lot more.

As reported by web site Boing Boing, a research team from the University of Twente in Enschende, Netherlands, and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences documented billing inaccuracies in a paper that reviewed the efficacy of so-called smart electric meters, ranging from -32 percent to +582 percent of the actual power consumed in a month's period. The paper also noted that, ironically, the overbilling is mostly due to older power-saving features because they introduce line noise that interferes with the wireless signal and thereby "confuses" the meters...

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Erin Kelly
Pacific Utility Audit, Inc.