One of the most practical lessons that I learned from Mama is paying our bills on time. She would do whatever it takes just to make sure that all our bills are paid on or before the due date. Now I believe mothers know best. :)
Last month, my brother and I were surprised to see the amount printed on our Meralco bill. Who wouldn't be when it says the total current due is zero?! Hard to believe? Here's the proof:
Based on our monthly electricity chart, we have consumed more electricity last month than in January but how come it costed us nothing? Well, along with the bill came a letter from Meralco that explains everything. :)
Here's the love letter:
Dear Valued Customer,
In our effort to keep you updated about policies and guidelines relating to your electric service, we would like to inform you of the recently implemented Bill Deposit Update Program.
The bill deposit is an amount required from customers of distribution utilities as a guarantee for payment of electric bills. It is equivalent to your average monthly bill and earns at a rate prescribed by ERC.
We have reviewed your billing history and compared your existing bill deposit plus interest earned with your average monthly bill for the twelve (12) months. Our records show that your bill deposit plus the interest earned is more than sufficient to cover your average monthly electricity consumption. As such, we are pleased to inform you that we have credited the amount beyond the required bill deposit to your current month's bills. Breakdown is as follows:
We are also pleased to inform you that you will have the opportunity to refund your bill deposit in full if you are able to pay your monthly bills on or before the due date for three (3) consecutive years. We shall notify you once you have achieved this good payment record.
For inquiries, you may call the refund hotline at 632-8888 or the nearest Meralco Business Center. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be of service to you.
Rewards await those who pay on time. :D Though I am more than 100% sure that we'll leave the apartment in less than three years, thus losing the opportunity to get the refund, we are more than happy to have benefited from this program even just for a month or two. :) Malaking bagay rin ang Php300.
Honestly, I was a bit worried about the bills last month considering the fact that it was kind of the most expensive month for us. I prayed for more resources. I knew God will provide. God did not give us more money, but He blessed us with this surprise. Truly, He answers ALL our prayers in the way that is best for us. :)