US woman hit with shocking $284 billion energy bill

Feel like you’re overpaying on energy bills? How about Mary Horomanski from Erie, Pennsylvania, who was hit with an electricity charge of more than $284 billion (£212bn). Luckily for her […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Feel like you’re overpaying on energy bills?

How about Mary Horomanski from Erie, Pennsylvania, who was hit with an electricity charge of more than $284 billion (£212bn).

Luckily for her the bill was a mistake but it still provided quite the shock – it said she had to pay the entire amount by November 2018, with a first payment of $28,176 (£21,017) due later in December.

Speaking to the Erie Times-News, she said: “My eyes just about popped out of my head.

“We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”

The electricity provider later said the actual amount owed was a much more manageable $284.46 (£212).

A company’s spokesman said it did not know how the error had occurred.