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If you don't have a smart meter, what are the options? Is a prepayment meter the only option?
From the perspective of the supplier, the smart meter relieves them of the need to employ people to visit periodically, to read the meter. From the consumer perspective, it allows monitoring of real time energy uses, and removes the need to let a stranger into your house on an annual basis.
The chances of having your data scrambled is i would guess infinitely small. If you think of the meter as containing a 'mini computer' programmed to send data 4 times a day, then relate that to using a pc which when connected to the internet is sending data continuously to both keep you connected and to allow navigation of the internet. How often do people worry about the second option going wrong.
I've experienced my meter being misread, and the subsequent bill. I was investigated for 'abnormal meter readings'. The meter reader had erroneously mixed my economy 7 reading with the standard electricity reading. So, in that case out of 7 visits the person got it wrong once. With smart meters i sending readings 4 times every day and in the 3-4 yrs i've had them, not once has there been an issue.
As to smart meters scrambling readings, it is much less likely than reader error or analogue meter failure.
"P.S. As old traditional meter types have become obsolete, licensed energy suppliers are obligated to install smart meters in their customers' homes."
I don't really care what kind of meter I have but I work on the basis of don't disturb something that isn't giving any problems.
Hard to have a smart energy network if the suppliers are unable to access data on what actually is happening across that network.
Equipment will always have failures when sold in the millions. Old meters fail too. Youd still buy a car though even though they have faults.
And as for the technology in them, its dated and very well established in many items. Its just that its finally ported into a smart meter.
As for smart meters in dumb mode being a pain to read...press a button, cast a shadow on the screen if in sunlight, read screen, done.