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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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We are in a position where we would definitely save money if we had metered water. Our water company came out and surveyed, but because of the location of our incoming main, and the limited section of that main that is "ours" before the water feeds the flats upstairs, they were unable to fit a WM. As a result - and because this was verified by the engineer who attended, we are now on an assessed bill. I could see something broadly similar being rolled out in the future for those where for whatever reason fitting a smart electricity or gas meter is not possible - obviously not a straight charge but probably some form of modified tariff. I can't see those who are simply refusing because they are concerned about being "controlled" getting those benefits though.
What you are actually saying is 'we pay more at the new property', and then assuming that is because it's metered. Without considering that, if it was still on RV billing, you might still be paying more, because the RV is higher.
I've seen a similar point made a few times, but nobody so far has been able to quote exactly what form that encouragement or "bigging" took. There's never been a tax or duty incentive for example. Nor for that matter an increase in duty once Diesel use increased. I can't really see a government conspiracy either way.