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How would I go about getting a pay as you go electricity meter replaced with a normal billed meter?
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You will have to ask the OP that as I'm a different poster. I'm sure the OP has their reasons, hence the thread.
I can only guess but do have an idea but the OP is in a better position to answer self.
You don't change tarrif when you change the meter.
Exactly that, thanks!
I recall diesel cars being bigged up our honest government. As soon as diesel cars took off based on lies, ie better for the environment/etc, diesel started becoming more expensive than petrol for the first time I could recall them being much more expensive.
I find it worrying how hard the call agents trying to push these smart meters. No one cam tell me the suppliers are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts as they are there to make more money, not less and that is a fact!
Diesel cars are better for C02 output, because they are more economic, but they produced more particulates, which is why they are now more heavily taxed. Technology has now moved on in 20 years, and we had the option of more economic petrol engines, and now electric cars instead.
Don't read conspiracy theories into everything you see.
The biggest general advantage (rather than specifically for you as a consumer) to smart metering is that it means that there can be far better management of what power is needed at what time - and yes, encouraging people to use power other than at the peak times is definitely part of that. Some people will naturally be happy to use energy at off peak times if they understand why they need to - others require more of an incentive. It’s not sustainable to continue to offer to pay people for reducing their use, so ultimately, the alternative is to “encourage” them by making it more expensive to use energy at those times.
Is this why suppliers are pushing, pushing hard so hard for these meters that people like me and others complain for them not being open and honest?
Do not forget, these smart meter providers/suppliers are a business and I have yet to meet a good business man that pays a lot of money to get things changed when there is no reason to and then offer a better deal
The whole point of metered water is it means that people pay for what they actually use, rather than the RV system where some people (often those least in a position to afford it) will be paying far more than the "real" cost while others use it far more profligately and are in essence subsidised by others as a result. If the amount of water you are using seems expensive to you in comparison to your previous rated amount, and as you say all other things are equal, then that could perhaps be a prompt to consider where you can use less water. Expecting households which may well have substantially les financial privilege than you to pay for some of what you are using though seems a little unreasonable - I'm sure you expect to pay your dues in life, no?
Most of those in charge of successful businesses recognise the need to upgrade things when needed, and that there is little benefit in persisting with using old technology when something is now in existence that will perform the task more efficiently. I don't see too many Eddie Stobart Horse & Cart set-ups on the streets, and James Dyson didn't make his fortune selling brooms, as far as I can recall?
It's been explained to you repeatedly both here and elsewhere why suppliers are encouraging people to move to Smart Meters, and that the cost of the rollout is being paid by everyone.