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    • gwin
    • By gwin 14th Jun 17, 3:11 PM
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    How do I get a meter?
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:11 PM
    How do I get a meter? 14th Jun 17 at 3:11 PM
    Contract with EDF just ended and your tool says I should switch.
    I live alone and have been told meters would be beneficial. Anyone know if this is true?
    Do all companies supply them?
    Are they free?
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    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 14th Jun 17, 3:27 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:27 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:27 PM
    If you have your letter from EDF simply use the MSE tool to identify the best supplier - use the actual unit consumptions, not £.

    All very easy - your meter will not change all that will happen is that your new supplier will contact you for readings.

    Be warned charges have gone up - even the newest best will be more than EDF.
    • gwin
    • By gwin 14th Jun 17, 3:32 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:32 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:32 PM
    Thanks, Robin9, I thought you could have meters fitted where you could view your usage.
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 14th Jun 17, 3:35 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:35 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:35 PM
    If you mean by "meter " a prepayment meter..Free..not all identical. If you mean a smart meter , there`s a few different makes/models . If you are switching to either Ovo or Utilita and now Eon , they are using the dreadful Secure Liberty meters which are an insult to their customers IMO. Majority of smart meters are most probably made by Landis+Gyr/Siemen/elster.. These are easier to use with their In House Displays. which can be plugged into any spare socket and is a pleasant toy for a few weeks then it should be shoved in a drawer to leave more vital plug space..
    Last edited by House Martin; 14-06-2017 at 9:15 PM.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 14th Jun 17, 4:37 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 4:37 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 4:37 PM
    Contract with EDF just ended and your tool says I should switch.
    I live alone and have been told meters would be beneficial. Anyone know if this is true?
    Do all companies supply them?
    Are they free?
    Originally posted by gwin
    For gas and electric you should already have a meter, the advice about people living on their own benefitting from a meter is about water meters - if you use less water than average for the house you live in you'd probably benefit from a water meter.

    Smart meters for gas and electric come with a unit which tells you how much energy you are using - but they only save you money if you actually use the information and switch things off. It is common sense really - people shouldn't need a smart meter to know leaving lights on in every room will cost them money. If you already switch things off when you don't need them then a smart meter is not going to save you any money.

    There are also some drawbacks with smart meters, I won't go into detail here (the information is regularly discussed on the forum) but unless you have a desperate need for a smart meter then you are better of waiting for a while until what are known as SMETS2 meters are widely available.
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 14th Jun 17, 9:10 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 9:10 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 9:10 PM
    Ah - I think you are looking for In House Displays which are part of a Smart meter installation. Among the facilities these enable you to monitor how much you are using on a daily basis.

    I don't want to resurrect the Smart threads - there are dozens - but I binned my IHD after a week when the novelty wore off. There's no substitute for regular meter readings, sent online to your supplier.
    • SpotlandRules
    • By SpotlandRules 14th Jun 17, 9:42 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 9:42 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 9:42 PM
    Ah - I think you are looking for In House Displays which are part of a Smart meter installation. Among the facilities these enable you to monitor how much you are using on a daily basis.

    I don't want to resurrect the Smart threads - there are dozens - but I binned my IHD after a week when the novelty wore off. There's no substitute for regular meter readings, sent online to your supplier.
    Originally posted by Robin9
    But it is much easier to keep a daily log of your usage.
    • gwin
    • By gwin 21st Jun 17, 12:38 PM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 12:38 PM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 12:38 PM
    Apologies, guys, didn't realise it was called smart meter.
    I see most of you don't recommend them and as you say, EachPenny, I do tend to switch things off anyway.
    Appreciate the advice.
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 21st Jun 17, 10:08 PM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 10:08 PM
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    • 21st Jun 17, 10:08 PM
    [QUOTE=gwin;72728457]Apologies, guys, didn't realise it was called smart meter.
    I see most of you don't recommend them and as you say, EachPenny, I do tend to switch things off anyway.
    Appreciate the advice.[/QUOTE
    The latest smart meters being fitted by BG, and others are both gas and electric meters which work in SMETS1 and SMETS2 when its supposed to start sometime this year.,Landis and Gyrs and Siemens gas meters. So those fitted now are able to work with any supplier once SMETS2 gets implemented.
    The latest Secure Liberty meters do not have to have a meter exchanged when SMETS2 comes on stream but the communications hub will be exchanged.
    Last edited by House Martin; 21-06-2017 at 10:14 PM.
    • gwin
    • By gwin 21st Jun 17, 10:46 PM
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    [QUOTE=House Martin;72731235]
    Apologies, guys, didn't realise it was called smart meter.
    I see most of you don't recommend them and as you say, EachPenny, I do tend to switch things off anyway.
    Appreciate the advice.[/QUOTE
    The latest smart meters being fitted by BG, and others are both gas and electric meters which work in SMETS1 and SMETS2 when its supposed to start sometime this year.,Landis and Gyrs and Siemens gas meters. So those fitted now are able to work with any supplier once SMETS2 gets implemented.
    The latest Secure Liberty meters do not have to have a meter exchanged when SMETS2 comes on stream but the communications hub will be exchanged.
    Originally posted by gwin
    Thanks for taking the time to write but I don't understand a word you said, haha sorry.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 22nd Jun 17, 6:21 AM
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    Thanks for taking the time to write but I don't understand a word you said, haha sorry.
    Originally posted by gwin
    Don't worry, I think you've made the right decision in your circumstances - there is no point getting a smart meter now, which may not work in future, unless you are very keen to have one.
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
    • macman
    • By macman 22nd Jun 17, 7:28 PM
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    You can still log your usage perfectly well using your existing 'dumb' meter, as long as it is accessible.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
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