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    • consumers_revenge
    • By consumers_revenge 14th Oct 16, 6:16 PM
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    • 14th Oct 16, 6:16 PM
    energy meter 14th Oct 16 at 6:16 PM
    Hi,


    BG are offering me a new smart meter. Is there any real benefit to having this fitted or downsides please?


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    • Bluebirdman of Alcathays
    • By Bluebirdman of Alcathays 14th Oct 16, 7:21 PM
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    If you are capable of reading your own meter, there's little benefit. There are nutcases on here that say they'll fry your brain, send all your data to the feds - you'll have to make your own mind up on that.
    • consumers_revenge
    • By consumers_revenge 14th Oct 16, 10:44 PM
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    To be honest whether theres a meter that tells me how much I'm spending probably makes little difference.
    • sacsquacco
    • By sacsquacco 15th Oct 16, 12:56 AM
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    To be honest whether theres a meter that tells me how much I'm spending probably makes little difference.
    Originally posted by consumers_revenge
    So it looks like you will be going down the usual "refusal " route that all posters who post the same query as yours end up doing.
    The suppliers would like you to have one to make their job easier and cheaper, but if you do as I expect you to do, that is, refuse one, watch out for a possible annual metering charge in future which they have the right to levy. California and Florida do it and we usually copy what the Yanks do.
    The meter your supplier intends to fit would need to be upgraded anyway and by the time they start installing smart switching (SMETS2 meters ) OFGEM may well have changed the rules and smart meters will become mandatory as they are in nearly all of Europe apart from Germany and Sweden.
    Last edited by sacsquacco; 15-10-2016 at 1:37 AM.
    • Terry98
    • By Terry98 15th Oct 16, 6:19 AM
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    The meter your supplier intends to fit would need to be upgraded anyway and by the time they start installing smart switching (SMETS2 meters ) OFGEM may well have changed the rules and smart meters will become mandatory as they are in nearly all of Europe apart from Germany and Sweden.
    Originally posted by sacsquacco
    I fail to understand why they are still fitting the old meters.

    Surely that's a total waste of money.

    Why aren't they waiting for the SMETS2 meters before they fit any more?
    • matelodave
    • By matelodave 15th Oct 16, 8:29 AM
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    Probably because they've got a ton of the old ones that they need to get rid of before the new ones are available.

    Dunno if the older ones are upgradeable to SMETS2 - if so it then what's the problem with getting an older one.
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    • spiro
    • By spiro 15th Oct 16, 8:38 AM
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    I fail to understand why they are still fitting the old meters.

    Surely that's a total waste of money.

    Why aren't they waiting for the SMETS2 meters before they fit any more?
    Originally posted by Terry98
    Once a meter reaches the end of it's certified life it must be replaced. The problem is SMETS2 are not available yet so they only have the option to fir SMETS1 which DCC will adopt at some time in the future.
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