Not so smart meter

Hi guys I'm with Octopus, have an electric vehicle, run the usual dishwasher, washing machine etc on the cheap night rate. But over a year ago when i had the smart meter installed and you get given one of these silly little displays  apparently the displays can't cope with showing a seperate night rate usage in £s?  Or is there a display you can buy that does that?
Thankyou for any info   Happy New Year

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  • MultiFuelBurner
    MultiFuelBurner Posts: 2,768
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    edited 27 December 2023 at 10:04AM
    Hi guys I'm with Octopus, have an electric vehicle, run the usual dishwasher, washing machine etc on the cheap night rate. But over a year ago when i had the smart meter installed and you get given one of these silly little displays  apparently the displays can't cope with showing a seperate night rate usage in £s?  Or is there a display you can buy that does that?
    Thankyou for any info   Happy New Year
    Have you asked Octopus for one of their smart minis. 

    That will provide you with the data and up to date pricing you need.
    "I can lead you to the money saving well but cannot make you drink from it"

    As mum always said "don't respond to imbeciles just ignore them" wise words mum 
  • QrizB
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    ...  apparently the displays can't cope with showing a seperate night rate usage in £s?  Or is there a display you can buy that does that?
    The short answer is no, the in-home displays don't handle multi-rate credit tariffs well. (They cope better if you're a prepayment customer.)
    The Octopus Home Mini will give you live energy use data in the Octopus app, but even that doesn't always get the cost of multi-rate electricity correct.
    Happy New Year to you, too :)

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  • dunstonh
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    But over a year ago when i had the smart meter installed and you get given one of these silly little displays  apparently the displays can't cope with showing a seperate night rate usage in £s?
    Or to reword that more accurately, your one may not but others manage it perfectly fine.

    Or is there a display you can buy that does that?
    I bought a third party one as I wanted more data than the bog standard one provided.   As a high user (circa 50-60kWh per day for electric) I wanted something a bit more useful.
    https://shop.glowmarkt.com/products/display-and-cad-combined-for-smart-meter-customers

    The picture on that link does it no favours as it just shows one screen which happens to the the most basic.   However, you can cycle through a range of pages and the one I use shows current draw, the last 24 hours broken down by 30 minute segments, daily, weekly and monthly use to date.   Like below



    It works with our economy 7 and correctly calculates the rate/time.  Personally, I focus on kWh rather than monetary values.





    I am an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). The comments I make are just my opinion and are for discussion purposes only. They are not financial advice and you should not treat them as such. If you feel an area discussed may be relevant to you, then please seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser local to you.
  • So your smart meter is still 'smart', it's just the IHD that is an issue.Bit of a misleading title.
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