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Just had email from British Gas saying I can get a smart meter fitted, is there really any benefit to this, or will this tie me longer to b.g in some sort of hookey contract??? Thanks in advance Read More
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
Just had email from British Gas saying I can get a smart meter fitted, is there really any benefit to this, or will this tie me longer to b.g in some sort of hookey contract??? Thanks in advance
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
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#1
They're doing a promotion where you get free electricity between certain hours on Sat or Sun.

No tie ins. It's a government led thing that the bigger metering companies have to do.
#2
don't do it, there was a post on here recently and lots of people were having problems with this smart meter.!!
#3
Google it. They are spies so they can monitor you and make you think its for your benefit when its for them. They also emit sound waves that only animals can hear and animals find it distressing. I wouldnt touch it, ever.
#4
lol, not sure about that..!!
Have a Google though, lots of unhappy people..
#5
We are having one fitted tomorrow and we are with scottish power.
According to the government everyone has to have one before 2020.
#6
had 1 for ages lets you know what your useing works fine
#7
It saves the energy supplier the cost of a meter reader and alerts them if anyone suddenly starts bypassing the meter (for what ever reason).
You do not get a share of the monies they are saving.
#8
I have one in my house as bought a new build but found when looking for tariffs that smart meter tariffs were limited and more expensive, ended up switching to a Scottish power deal that meant that the "smart" functionality is no longer used.
I would do some tariff price comparisons before opting for it. As others have said if you would make use of it the BG weekends tariff could work out well but not sure what how the rates compare Mon-Fri....
#9
landros1
It saves the energy supplier the cost of a meter reader and alerts them if anyone suddenly starts bypassing the meter (for what ever reason).
You do not get a share of the monies they are saving.

Unless you do what my friend did and dug up someones cable in his garden and tapped into that instead :D
#10
I have one from British Gas, had it fitted before the summer, really made me start turning lights off and stuff as you can see the usage in near real time. And no one is watching me or checking up on me. Apart from this guy in the corner with a clip board that never speaks..... oO
#11
I'd say no for now, if you leave your current provider it'll become useless and you'll have to give manual readings every month anyways

Once a system which all energy providers use comes into use then probably yes.



Edited By: kiish on Oct 14, 2016 23:28: .
#12
flang
We are having one fitted tomorrow and we are with scottish power.
According to the government everyone has to have one before 2020.

The government would like everyone to have one by 2020, but you do not have to have a smart meter installed at all.
#13
Wouldn't touch one, and it's not law that everyone has to have one, that's what the government would like but they can't force you to accept one.
#14
flang
We are having one fitted tomorrow and we are with scottish power.
According to the government everyone has to have one before 2020.

Er that's not true at all, its totally optional.
#15
We have had one for nearly 3 months, I personally think the smart meters are great, it makes us more aware of our usage in turn keeping the cost down.
Knowing just what electrical item not to leave switched on as often or for as long is great too.
Although unless your willing to proactively do anything about your usage as shown on your smart meter it's pretty much pointless.

Also the BG "free electricity on either Saturday or Sunday" fixedtariffs work out costing more Monday-Friday (depending on your usage) and cost I believe £20 per fuel to leave/change tariff unless it's the non-fixed Free electric variable tariff.

Edited By: RealBargainHunter on Oct 15, 2016 00:53
#16
I'd get one just so I don't have to go top up my meter at the shop or get charged obscene amounts and have an account in credit. That alone makes it worthwhile.
#17
you'll get accurate meter readings, and when you get your "estimated bill" it will actually be your real bill as they can now read how much electricity and gas you have used
#18
Maybe worth a read through http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/ to help to make your mind up?
#19
True, but the energy companies will add an additional ££ charge if you are old school meter arrangement...

Teezer
Wouldn't touch one, and it's not law that everyone has to have one, that's what the government would like but they can't force you to accept one.



Edited By: Splodger101 on Oct 15, 2016 10:28
#20
Splodger101
True, but the energy companies will add an additional ££ charge if you are old school meter arrangement...
Teezer
Wouldn't touch one, and it's not law that everyone has to have one, that's what the government would like but they can't force you to accept one.

I'd rather pay the extra ££ to be honest.
#21
Dont bother, I had mine fitted by British Gas 18 months ago, it took 3 visits and a missed appointment by their so-called "engineers" to get it working but its still not right.
There are two problems;
1) It doesn't always send the meter readings to BG so sometimes I still get estimated bills.
2) It either loses its tariff information altogether or displays the wrong rate so the daily / hourly cost it shows is nonsense.
Initially I used to ring up and get them to reprogram it but it was so much hassle and happened so often I've given up now, which is probably what they want.
I thought it would mean no more estimated bills and help me see how much various appliances were costing to run, but in fact its so unreliable its useless.
#22
HUKDWatcher0309
Maybe worth a read through http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/ to help to make your mind up?

Seems quite difficult to take it seriously when it says things like 'a capability for energy firms to remotely control our appliances at will'.

They can't even tell what appliances are being run or even which circuit is pulling the most power. The closest they may be able to get to controlling appliances are cutting the gas or electricity entirely. Could be abused potentially but could also be useful to shut down supplies on request, like for vacancies or if a gas leak was reported.

About the only non-biased verifiable thing I noticed from a quick look was that people can refuse smart meters and have a regular one installed instead. I've heard of the call centre staff at the energy companies using the line that the government wants everyone to have them by 2020 without adding in that fact which is quite bad.

I would be interested in seeing a balanced view of it. A website called 'Stop Smart Meters' isn't going to be it though.

Edited By: Darkeru on Oct 22, 2016 11:19

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