Paying your Orange & Rockland bill? Here are 3 handy tips to make sure you get the most out of your time and money.
Paying energy bills should be simple and worry-free.
Unfortunately, for many of us, it can become an expensive, time-consuming endeavor.
If you follow these simple-to-implement guidelines, you’ll reduce both the amount of time you spend paying your Orange & Rockland bills and the amount you spend on them.
Let’s get started:
Tip #1: Use the Easiest Way To Pay
There are plenty of ways to pay your Orange & Rockland bill. You can pay online, over the phone, through the mail, or even in person. Choose the one that makes you comfortable.
However, if you want to save time, one option is far superior.
The way to spend as little time as possible paying bills is to set up autopay through your bank account.
What’s the advantage of autopay? You don’t need to sign in to payment portals every month, travel anywhere, call anyone, or stuff anything in the mail. Instead, the funds you owe will automatically be drawn from your account, so you can live your life instead of paying lengthy bills.
You pay the same amount, but you save time.
That sounds good…but is this safe?
Yes! Orange & Rockland cannot legally withdraw more funds from your account than you owe. They’re closely monitored by New York state authorities. In fact, by most accounts, autopay is actually more secure than sending money through the mail or speaking to someone over the phone–especially because some energy companies posing as utilities have attempted to scam honest customers through these other methods.
What if Orange & Rockland makes a mistake and overdraws from my account?
This is extremely rare. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye out for. You’ll keep getting invoiced for your energy use, so you can make sure nothing is out of order. Additionally, you can check your bank account balance every month (it’s good practice to do this anyway!) to ensure your payments match your charges. If you’re ever concerned, you can get in touch with Orange & Rockland.
Tip #2: Get Actual Readings Instead of Estimated Bills
Have you ever gotten an estimated bill? Utilities issue estimated bills when they can’t access your meter to get an actual reading for the month. That could be for a few reasons: maybe your meter was blocked, or maybe Orange & Rockland simply didn’t have time to get to every one of their customers’ meters.
Estimated bills mean you’re getting charged based on your utility’s best guess of how much energy you used, not the energy you actually used.
Orange & Rockland makes up for any discrepancies from estimates the next time it actually reads your meter, but still, that means you’ll either deal with a large estimated bill or a larger actual bill down the road to make up for a small estimated bill. These can throw a wrench in your monthly budget.
The solution? Make sure your meter is always accessible, for one. Second, you can submit meter readings to avoid estimates. This is super easy to do if you use Orange & Rockland’s guide to meter reading, and will save you from inaccurate charges.
Tip #3: Sign Up To Support the Cheapest Energy
Did you know that Orange & Rockland offers free ways to reduce your bills?
I don’t mean costly, difficult options like insulating your home or replacing all your windows. I’m talking about free options that give you access to less expensive energy.
The easiest option open to Orange & Rockland customers is to sign up to support free solar energy. It’s called community solar, and just enrolling in a community solar farm as an Orange & Rockland customer earns you credits on your bill every month.
New York State is committing to clean energy, and that means utilities have to make the switch. That’s why they’re offering this option for customers to take advantage.
You don’t have to pay to enroll. You’re not changing how your energy is delivered. You’re just agreeing to support more clean energy in the grid, and in exchange, you get a discount on your normal power. You can find out more about this option here.
Feeling better about paying your bills? We hope so!
If you’ve found any other helpful tips along the way, let us know about them in the comments so we can share them with more people!