EV tariff if SMETS2 smart meter cannot connect to supplier...(no 2.5G)
Hi - I have a fully electric car and really want a tariff that suits it. However, because my home is in an area without 2.5G, although we have a SMETS2 smart meter installed this year, it doesn't work (it can't submit readings).
Is there anything that can be done? When Scottish Power installed the meter we were told they would fit an aerial to make sure the signal would work. But they later said they wouldn't do this. It is possible we could pay for it ourselves but it's hard to contemplate after the endless hassle we had installing the meter and EV charger (long story).
The Octopus Go Faster tariff or something similar would be excellent for the sort of usage I have, but it looks as if I can't use any tariff that depends on the time of usage. This is a bit unfair on people who live in the countryside! (We got Three and EE mobile phone coverage about 2 years ago but no other providers reach us). We are not totally remote, 15 mins from the MA, we get internet via 4G from EE so there is signal but it isn't the right signal for a smart meter.
Didn't see this issue on any forum, I know most of our neighbours will be in the same position, but maybe it's rare for people not to have coverage. It's yet another case of people in the countryside being second class citizens when it comes to infrastructure. I've considered writing to my MP about the inequality angle, to see if the providers could be pressured to make their meters work, but that isn't going to help very quickly if at all!
Can I go back to Economy 7 (meter was removed about 5 years ago)... even that would be better financially.
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