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 Post subject: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:53 pm 
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Anyone here got one? I keep getting cold calls, which I ignore, and I wonder if I should pay attention.

I hear all sorts of bad things about them, catching fire, wrong readings etc.

What do you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:30 pm 
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I'm going to be honest, you have no choice and have to have it. [9n5.gif]

Turn out the old meters were ripping people off for years and years :winedrinker:

And people didn't like it and took the electricity companies to court :whee:

The smart meter have wifi and now tells the electricity companies if its being naughty :blush:

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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:38 pm 
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Dong wrote:

I hear all sorts of bad things about them, catching fire.



I'm going to tell you why meters catch fire or cause them.

When they put electric meters in, they don't cut the isolation to the right length and you see a bit of copper wire. Over time the screws holding the wires come loose and the isolation starts to burn :shock:

Anything in that meter cupboard that can burn, will.

So when your having one put in, keep an eye on them, make sure they do a good job. And keep your meter cupboard empty and clean [thumbsup.png]

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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:09 am 
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Baby Gravy wrote:
I'm going to be honest, you have no choice and have to have it. [9n5.gif]

Turn out the old meters were ripping people off for years and years :winedrinker:

And people didn't like it and took the electricity companies to court :whee:

The smart meter have wifi and now tells the electricity companies if its being naughty :blush:

I read that I don't have to have it...it's up to me.
I am very unconvinced.


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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:56 am 
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All energy suppliers must aim to install smart meters in every home in England, Wales and Scotland by 2020. They will contact you to tell you when you can get one or you can contact them and request one.

Your supplier is responsible for installing any smart metering equipment. This includes a smart electricity and gas meter, an in-home display that will tell you about your energy usage in pounds and pence, and a communications hub that will send and receive information over a secure network (for example, to your in-home display or to your supplier so they can bill you accurately).


https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/hous ... our-rights

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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:32 am 
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Do I have to have a smart meter?
While we and the government think that all consumers will benefit from smart meters, they aren’t compulsory and you can choose not to have one.

Choosing not to have a smart meter may mean you don’t have access to all the available tariffs on the market, some of which could be cheaper.

If you don’t want to have a smart meter now, you will still be able to have one installed for free at a later date.


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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:55 am 
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They said the same with water meters, then they passed a law forcing people to have them. :rolleyes:

Right now they have 25 million homes with meters to replace, its going to take longer than 2 years to complete. This is why there's no compulsory law yet.

If your on a budget or low income, get a smart meter. They save money and don't over charge

Read:

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2014/02/is ... ou-355414/

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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:12 am 
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Still talking out of your are then [adrian.gif]

Dong, in answer to your question, no I haven't got one. Several of my friends have, 2 of them have had faulty meters and had to fight to have them changed because the power companies both insisted that they couldn't be wrong as they were the top of the range smart meter. They were both faulty.

We haven't had any calls or mail about changing, maybe because we don't use our landlines, but I have no intention of changing until I have to,even then I'll delay as long as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:47 am 
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When I was involved with the water meter rollout people fought us tooth and nail. I heard the same arguments 10 years ago.... everyone got one now. :rolleyes:

There will be problems with the smart meter roll out. Then again the old meters aren't much better. Most of the old meters haven't been recalibrated for years and are over/under charging [9n5.gif]

The main group of people who will benefit from this are the poor. New coin meters cant be sold for gas and electricity: they're now banned and being removed.

You should start seeing better deals for prepayment meter users.

If your offer a free smart meter take it. [thumbsup.png]

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 Post subject: Re: Smart Meters
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:48 am 
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Baby Gravy wrote:
When I was involved with the water meter rollout people fought us tooth and nail. I heard the same arguments 10 years ago.... everyone got one now. :rolleyes:



I haven't

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