Posted 19th Jul 2017
I am with EDF and as you may know they are rolling out smart meters. I have had letters asking if I want one and have never answered as I don't want a smart meter. I have rented for many years before I bought and found over the years meters often run fast or slow. I found usage would often vary from house to house from £400 plus a quarter to £100 for the same occupants doing and using the same stuff. So when I bought a new house with a new meter and it came in at £100 a quarter we were happy. Soon the bills slowly increased they claim we are using more but we aren't, it's now £120-£150 depending on the time of year, we have oil and dont use electricty for heating. But generally we are still happy with our meter as its cheaper then other properties, therefore I don't want anyone tampering with it or replacing it. Now we are getting regular letters and now emails pressuring us into a smart meter saying our meter is 'reaching the end of its life'....it's 5 years old! They pressure me but then say simply 'sign up/book' an appointment. Don't like the pressure tactics, and the way they are writing and emailing me. I have an outside meter in my back garden I'm wondering if eventually I'll just come home to find they have changed it against my wishes. I have no use for any features of a smart meter and i dont own a smart phone either (assuming you might use this with a smart meter). I also live in a mobile back spot so if signals are sent to and from the meter by mobile signal or anything like that it's useless. Has anyone been pressured? Am I within my rights to keep ignoring their emails and not signing up/booking my appointment for the new smart meter. I am sure some elderly people would be quite scared about the letters, it's not nice.