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Author Topic: Who here has a Smart Meter for electricity or gas?  (Read 3436 times)

Chrysalis

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Re: Who here has a Smart Meter for electricity or gas?
« Reply #45 on: July 03, 2018, 12:32:04 AM »

There is also that these can be remotely read instead of needing a manual reading, and this is especially more important now that they can only backdate bills to a max of 12 months.
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Re: Who here has a Smart Meter for electricity or gas?
« Reply #46 on: July 04, 2018, 09:44:15 PM »

Old thread I know, but I keep refusing a smart meter.

Some reasons:
I want one that allows switching while maintaining being smart.


Yeah, I only found that out after getting one fitted!

Still, there's apparently some shenanigans going on to allow us with 'gen 1' meters to keep 'smartness'.  And apparently 'gen 2' meters won't have this problem.

I dare say that this will either get sorted soon or companies will offer to replace smart meters with the newer models to maintain smart features when changing contract.

Reasonably happy with ours, insofar as one can be.  The monitor is much more accurate (as it should be) than the clip-on 'smart monitor' we'd previously had.

The monitor also let us show off our house's party-trick.  We have a combined long living/dining room.  The two halves each have 4x in-ceiling light fittings towards the corners of the ceiling.  We had some dimmable halogen (?) spots in there which were 100w each.  Watching the meter whilst turning all eight on was good fun.

They're all now smart LED bulbs which barely make the meter move when on at 100%.  Plus, I get to say "Alexa, set the Living Room lights to magenta" which is fun.
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Re: Who here has a Smart Meter for electricity or gas?
« Reply #47 on: July 12, 2018, 12:24:57 AM »

Having recently moved, I used to have a smart meter and now I don't and I find it frustrating not knowing how much electricity I'm using at any given time!

I'm with bulb energy (who seem good) and they've stated they are delaying rollout of smart meters until the gen2 meters are available (my old meter at previous address was gen1).

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Re: Who here has a Smart Meter for electricity or gas?
« Reply #48 on: July 13, 2018, 12:00:18 AM »

My own supplier does seem to have at last given up.

After mumerous unsolicted “appointment” letters, arranging for installation, all of which I declined, I eventually voiced a formal complaint of harassment.    Despite initial threats along the lines of “the government will force you to have one by 2015”, they then went quiet and have not actually bothered  me for several years now.

I do of course respect the decision that some folks make, for whatever reasons, to accept a Smart meter.   More power to their elbows.    :)

I hope these same folks will respect my own decision, based upon my own research of tech, and reading of small print in T&C,  to not have one.  :)
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