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    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 29th Nov 17, 1:45 PM
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    Gas supplier switch meter question
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    • 29th Nov 17, 1:45 PM
    Gas supplier switch meter question 29th Nov 17 at 1:45 PM
    It seems quite obvious but the answer eludes me.

    Currently I have a mechanical gas meter, its the 'odometer' type, similar to older cars mileage reading, so simple to read rather than the very ancient 'dials' type we had a few years ago.

    The question is simple: If I switch gas suppliers, will the 'new' supplier insist on a new meter too as its not electronic ? I use 'insist' here rather than 'suggest'

    I realise I'll be nagged for a 'Smart Gas' one at this point but I'd rather keep the existing one for the immediate moment. Genuine reasons due to the "interesting shut-off" method of smart gas ones due to them being dual function.

    A further note is I pay Gas via 'receipt of bill' rather than pre-pay or anything else like DD.
    Last edited by AndyCF; 29-11-2017 at 1:47 PM. Reason: Forgot to add something.
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    • Raxiel
    • By Raxiel 29th Nov 17, 2:01 PM
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    Unless it happens to be approaching its certification expiry, no.

    You'll no doubt get 'encouragement' to have it replaced with a smart meter as you know, but simply replacing an existing meter with a digital non-smart meter doesn't do anything for a suppliers 'smart quota' and is just an unrecoverable cost so there's no benefit to them swapping it earlier than they have to.
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 29th Nov 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 4:09 PM
    Unless it happens to be approaching its certification expiry, no.
    Originally posted by Raxiel
    I think it is about fifteen years old, possibly a bit less as we had the gas meter moved outside in a box from inside when the mains gas pipes were replaced (BG's "street" part of the pipe at their cost, I think there was a small leakage under the pavement or something) , before that it was a 'dial' type one. From memory that one was very old indeed and probably well approaching its "end of life" status anyway.

    You'll no doubt get 'encouragement' to have it replaced with a smart meter as you know, but simply replacing an existing meter with a digital non-smart meter doesn't do anything for a suppliers 'smart quota' and is just an unrecoverable cost so there's no benefit to them swapping it earlier than they have to.
    Originally posted by Raxiel
    Oh yes I'd expect a bit of nagging about a 'all shining all dancing smart' at supplier change, just wondered if they would be able to say something along the lines of they "insist" on it being changed. I see what you're saying as if they did fit an LCD one (which I have no objection to provided it does not contain a shutoff solenoid valve) , they would be on a hiding to nowhere in that they would have to be out to change it eventually to a smart one at some future point.

    Question answered, thank you!
    • Flt. Lt. Biggles
    • By Flt. Lt. Biggles 29th Nov 17, 6:17 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 6:17 PM
    It seems quite obvious but the answer eludes me.

    Currently I have a mechanical gas meter, its the 'odometer' type, similar to older cars mileage reading, so simple to read rather than the very ancient 'dials' type we had a few years ago.

    The question is simple: If I switch gas suppliers, will the 'new' supplier insist on a new meter too as its not electronic ? I use 'insist' here rather than 'suggest'

    I realise I'll be nagged for a 'Smart Gas' one at this point but I'd rather keep the existing one for the immediate moment. Genuine reasons due to the "interesting shut-off" method of smart gas ones due to them being dual function.

    A further note is I pay Gas via 'receipt of bill' rather than pre-pay or anything else like DD.
    Originally posted by AndyCF
    Such a gas meter is arguably the most popular of all gas credit (non-smart) meters installed in domestic premesis today



    No need to ever worry about not being able to read the screen due to a flat battery with these

    A change of supplier does not usually result in a request to change the metering. Even if your meter is due for replacement, a change of supplier usually delays that
    If a gas meter change really is required, you'll probably get one just like the above as a replacement (unless you request something different)
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 29th Nov 17, 6:22 PM
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    • 29th Nov 17, 6:22 PM
    That is almost identical to what I have, Actaris too I think, apart from the curious electric 'addon' that is shown. No wiring in mine, nowhere for it to go anyway!
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