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Posted 25th Nov 2018
Just got a flyer through the door, SSE are giving away free Google Home Mini's to everyone who books their smart meter installation before 21st December. 3119847.jpg3119847.jpg3119847.jpg

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whats a waste, we are all paying for this shambels of a rollout in our bills
Why are these companies so desperate to get everyone on a smart meter?
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Who is SSE?
what type of meter do SSE use? SMETS1 or SMETS2
Why are these companies so desperate to get everyone on a smart meter?
The public are so behind smart meters they have to be given a sweetener to get one. The govt says that the radio waves produced by smart meters are safe so then they must be eh?
shizola25/11/2018 11:53

Why are these companies so desperate to get everyone on a smart meter?


Government target...
crjs00717 s ago

Government target...


Or a conspiracy?
shizola25/11/2018 11:53

Why are these companies so desperate to get everyone on a smart meter?


Because the regulator has told them they have to. So these promotions are part of a budget for achieving regulatory compliance.
Not to easy to change provider once you have s smart meter
What i find ridiculous is i want a smart meter, but SSE have said they can't install one for me yet. However they're trying to entice people who aren't bothered in to getting one? Just doesn't make sense! haha
On the basis 'YOU WILL HAVE A SMART METER' as the Regulator says so then this has to be a good deal. Why vote it cold? I know you can argue against smart meters but that isn't the deal. The deal is a FREE smart speaker.
Do you have to join or become a SSE customer to get this?

I take it one of the main reason ppl are not opting to get these new meters is because it stops you from going to the smaller providers maybe
I won't have one until they force me to have one on safety grounds as my old one is too old blah blah blah. And at that point I will demand that all smart features are turned off and I will continue to read my own readings.

No freebie will tempt me especially a naff smart speaker. I already have 2 in the house that I find pointless lol.

Sure it's a great deal if your with SSE and want a speaker.
If energy providers started offering free tinfoil hats when booking installation, I’d imagine they’d get a huge influx!
I was with sse and left due to tariff prices. I went to a small company. Had smart meters. They just work like normal ones then. Still version 1 as far as I know
O_C33 m ago

Because the regulator has told them they have to. So these promotions are …Because the regulator has told them they have to. So these promotions are part of a budget for achieving regulatory compliance.


Spot on mate
whats a waste, we are all paying for this shambels of a rollout in our bills
Simon_Warner25/11/2018 12:23

I won't have one until they force me to have one on safety grounds as my …I won't have one until they force me to have one on safety grounds as my old one is too old blah blah blah. And at that point I will demand that all smart features are turned off and I will continue to read my own readings.No freebie will tempt me especially a naff smart speaker. I already have 2 in the house that I find pointless lol.Sure it's a great deal if your with SSE and want a speaker.


Good luck with that
Kamicaol36 m ago

Scottish southern energy!


ThanKs
furiousjammin25/11/2018 12:35

Good luck with that


No luck. You don't have to have the smart features enabled.
No freebie for existing customers
ceebs55 m ago

Not to easy to change provider once you have s smart meter


Not so the new smart meters are suitable for all, another stuff up by Gov !
So these are the 1st gen smart meters that will not work if you change electricity supplier . No wonder they are offering enticements.
Wait for the 2nd gen that work with any supplier or better still don't bother .
This scheme is likely to be scraped eventually as it is pushing up energy prices with no benefit to the consumer ( we are paying for these in higher energy bills ). Its been proven not to lower energy usage in other countries, so will not achieve its purpose.
ceebs59 m ago

Not to easy to change provider once you have s smart meter


Makes no difference, if the new provider is not compatible with smart meters then the smart meter stops working but it does not stop you from switching suppliers.
ceebs25/11/2018 11:57

Not to easy to change provider once you have s smart meter


Not true and not helpful to educate other readers.

The meter always works as a meter. Currently only smets2 meters can continue to work with other suppliers. In future all meters (ie the smets1 meters) will work.

None of this stops you changing supplier.

And the smart meter only helps a minority of people to save money and only if you look at your smart meter and choose to turn off devices that consume energy.
Hmm, might be time to take them up on their offer to install a smart meter. I've ignored them at least three times lol.
I just got a smart meter, and got bugger all, so getting this would be a bonus. Hot from me.
O_C25 m ago

Not true and not helpful to educate other readers.The meter always works …Not true and not helpful to educate other readers.The meter always works as a meter. Currently only smets2 meters can continue to work with other suppliers. In future all meters (ie the smets1 meters) will work.None of this stops you changing supplier.And the smart meter only helps a minority of people to save money and only if you look at your smart meter and choose to turn off devices that consume energy.



Good to hear from someone that knows what they are talking about when it comes to smart meters. SMETS2 works with all suppliers however big or small they are. SMETS1 was NOT a waste because the firmware is currently being upgraded to have the same features of SMETS2. So much conspiracy out there its ridiculous.
ceebs1 h, 32 m ago

Not to easy to change provider once you have s smart meter


On the contrary, SMETS2 meters will allow us to change supplier after 24 hours, compared the the 4-6 weeks wait with out a smart meter, and after the upgrade(which is taking place now) SMETS1 will do this too.
Edited by: "BIGSUJ" 25th Nov 2018
Chinchinabulation25th Nov

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No end of trouble with the 1st series of smart meters. DNOs are always having to bypass and reset them as the suppliers aren't contactable 24/7 which I find amazing in this day and age. I'd never have one until forced to. Having to have new smart meters fitted if you change between suppliers, all because between them they've decided to use two difference telephonic companies for their data collection so it's 50:50 you may have to have them replaced again when you switch
furiousjammin1 h, 11 m ago

Good luck with that



Smart meters are not compulsory; it's entirely your choice. The government requires energy suppliers to offer smart meters to all homes and small businesses across Great Britain by 2020, but whether you accept them is completely up to you.
owtsfornowts225/11/2018 11:55

The public are so behind smart meters they have to be given a sweetener to …The public are so behind smart meters they have to be given a sweetener to get one. The govt says that the radio waves produced by smart meters are safe so then they must be eh?


Do you own a mobile?
Then yes. They basically have a sim card. That's it.
shizola2 h, 46 m ago

Why are these companies so desperate to get everyone on a smart meter?


The government is aiming that by 2020 all the houses will have a smart meter. They will not force you, but the provider will, as they will face fines. So, they will put your price up. I know in another country these were 'sold' to people by suggesting there is no loss from the pipe to your house, so you pay what you use. The ones they did not want, ended up paying more, the argument was the pipes are old and a considerable amount of energy get wasted. Therefore the options were: smart meter or pay more for your energy.
Better take advantage now, whether you like it or not, you will have no choice soon. Your gas supplier will have to fit this for you, so i guess they are desperate as in a year from now there will be too many people needing these. Will be difficult for the supplier to plan and organise this, hence they try to do it in advance.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 25th Nov 2018
Mike_F17 m ago

Do you own a mobile?Then yes. They basically have a sim card. That's it.


I have a mobile and only use it when needed. I do not need another device on 24 hours a day ,which is actually using my electricity and producing more iffy signals just to tell me my utility usage. Surely any self respecting member of hot deals can work that out for themselves.
Edited by: "owtsfornowts2" 25th Nov 2018
ceebs25/11/2018 11:57

Not to easy to change provider once you have s smart meter


What do you mean? I have a gen 1 smart meter and changing provider was no different then if I had a dumb meter.
hermano22 h, 52 m ago

what type of meter do SSE use? SMETS1 or SMETS2


SMETS1 because they told me it would stop working if I switched suppliers. I told them to bugger off
thisismoney.co.uk/mon…tml
Suppliers have been told by the Government to try to install smart meters in all the UK’s 50 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. If they fail to do enough, they face fines of up to £7 billion.
However, customers can refuse to have the new technology, and suppliers are becoming desperate to persuade more people to sign up.

So, eventually may be even better incentives, or the prices will go up for those without a smart meter. Too bad I've got mine a while ago without getting any incentives. The smart meters are better for people who can't or are not bothered to monitor the amount of energy they use in their houses. The smart meter makes it easy, however for us it did not matter, we were all aware what we were using before and we're not keen in changing habits. Also, the smart meters help as you do not need to send readings anymore and the company does not need to send somebody to read the meters either.

There is absolutely no reason why people should vote cold for this. You do not need to change your supplier just because you will get a speaker. Your supplier may offer you something else. Or nothing. However, those with SSE or in process to change to SSE have no reasons not to request this. I am with SSE and their tariff was the best at that time. Hot from me!
Edited by: "sheffield788" 25th Nov 2018
Smart ? Only the "smart" say no to this. Wait till the real smart meters roll out then get them fitted.
Simon_Warner25/11/2018 12:45

No luck. You don't have to have the smart features enabled.


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