I have a friend who recently had a new service put in their home. Its a 200 amp, with new meter base. Now the electrician who installed it did not tighten the lugs on the meter base and it was arcing. He came back to tighten them and caused a flash over that burnt the lug and caused an over amp that killed the freezer, washing machine and frig. He installed a new lug and left. Now I know he got into the box by cutting the seal ( a No-NO). The problem is that since this happened the electric bill has almost doubled. While i was watching the meter spin I noticed that it would surge forward, slow down then surge forward. Mind you everything in the house is off. If I throw the main the meter stops. Since the flash over occur in the meter box is it possible that the meter is damaged or are the leaking off to the ground rod. I told the to call the electric company and tell them what happened so it could be checked out. I have a lot of knowledge in home wiring but I am not a Master electrician. Any thoughts on what may be causing this? Also I went through and checked all recepticles inside, outside, and garage. Everything was correct except an open ground at washer receptacle. All advice is appreciated.