Re: Energy: SMART MetersWe recently had our leccy meter changed because of its age,talking to the guy who fitted it I asked if it would last as long as the previous one (27 yrs) his reply was its likely to be replaced again in a couple of yrs when its decided to introduce the smart meter.
Re: Energy: SMART MetersI understand it is going to cost the country 11 billion pounds to install this 'nonsense' ..
Re: Energy: SMART MetersWhen I fitted a monitor to my electricity (not 'leccy' - how I detest that 'word'!) meter, it was a novelty at first - went round switching things off and on for a week or so. It did pinpoint some surprises - the fluorescent strip light in the kitchen, and the microwave cooker - both using far more than I would have expected. Also the standby current was amazingly high. So some good can come from monitoring, but smart meters are a bit overkill when you can use your own cheap device. Readings can be input on the provider's web-site, so no need there. Really just a nice little earner for the manufacturers and the fitters - all to inflate our future bills of course - no surprise there then.
Re: Energy: SMART MetersThe MIL has a Water Meter, (being a newish property she had no choice) she consoled herself that it would save money, only paying for what she used. She hardly uses any water, and is a customer of the same supplier as us, but pays the same as us yearly, and we are liberal water users, she still can't get her head round only paying for what you use is a diversion, and means nothing if a glass of water costs 10p. Smart meters mean instant price adjustments, and instant supply restriction in some instances.
Re: Energy: SMART MetersThat's odd - my water meter which I asked for and paid for has saved me hundreds of pounds compared with the property rateable value it was based on before. I still only pay a fiver a month after about 15 years of supply. She should have her water use/meter checked - there must be something wrong.
Re: Energy: SMART MetersI will get her to check it out, we pay £43.00 per month over ten months, I have a full bath every day, we car wash etc etc, there is only the Mother and father in law in a bungalow, and they are very frugal, last week I saw the letter informing them that their direct debit is to be raised to £37.00 per month (over 12 months) so something is wrong