The real cost of “free electricity”

Free electricity sounds great – who wouldn’t want a quick and easy way to save money on their bills?  Meter tampering might seem like a quick fix, but what is the real cost of “free” electricity?

When bills start mounting up, don’t cut corners to save money on your energy bills. It’s dangerous, and could end up costing you your life.

How do people try to get free electricity?

People often look online for tips on how to fix their meters to get free electricity. Video tutorials and step-by-step guides can make it seem easy enough to do. Sadly, they fail to mention the danger involved.

Messing with the wiring on your electricity meter increases the chances of shocks, burns and even fires. Free electricity might seem tempting, but you can’t put a price on the safety of you, your family and your neighbours.

Many criminals take advantage of other vulnerable people and rely on them not knowing the risks of meter-tampering schemes. They may even seem like real tradespeople offering a meter “fixing” service. In reality, they are criminals who are putting your life at risk every day.

Why is tampering with your electricity meter so dangerous?

“Free” electricity comes at a high price. Even if someone thinks they know what they’re doing, tampering with meters is always dangerous.

A fire can happen at any time, even when you’re not at home – and the effects can be devastating.

It can happen in the workplace too. You can read the story of the employee who was tragically electrocuted in the shower after his employer tampered with his meter to get free electricity.

What should I do if someone has tampered with their meter?

Whether it’s in a shared building or in a house, at work or at the shop down the road, tampering to get free electricity puts people’s lives at risk. Energy theft happens all around us, and you are responsible for reporting any danger you notice.

Learn to spot the signs of electricity theft and report anything suspicious you see. Sending a report is quick and 100% anonymous. It can help stop this dangerous crime from happening to you, or anyone else.

Report anonymously

If you spot energy theft anywhere, speak up anonymously now.