Which mans another dumb meter in the main, but the fickle govt tick box of "job done" (more like taxpayer bent over & took it) is complete, whilst you have & maintain the dumb, non-universal meter which you had back at square one! FFS
Enjoy reaping what you sow. (y) & your extremely cold "deal".
Just because I don't write an essay does not mean my opinion is invalid. It's a free £25 for the customer. I don't care what SSE plan to do with the data or how much money the government has wasted on the initiative.
*IF* these things are supposed to save an reported "average" of anything from £24 - £47 per annum per household (by means of reduced energy use) then the costs based on 2017-2018 figures of £420 per unit per household (& rising significantly) So if we take a medium return approach of £30 savings per household then the time to balance out the cost of the unit would be around 14 years after installation to achieve the break even point, ..but that was before the massive contract to "promote" ( latest push) the smart meters.. which has been going around a year now (by estimation) & I think that is in excess of 60 million pounds as a contract! ..so its an open for re-jigging the numbers. But 14 years to break even? ..compared to added insulatin which reduces energy use, & starts paying back instantly, (phenolic foil sided foams help keep heat in & help in summer by means of cooler during summer as there isnt so much hot air leaching from your walls / loft where high temps occur & make your abode stuffier. Thats before we even get to reducing energy by use of a small ASHP in a well insulated & sealed home, (abut £1400) with potential to really hammer down energy costs (except for brutal winter temps when its better to use a secondary source because the ruddy thing is running on defrost cycle ..i'd prefer a lump sum towards unding an ASHP etc & £420 would be a good chunk) The only "smart" monitoring meter I would have is a new gen electric vehicle point, that still allows me to have a full battery in the morning when needed, ..or I can simply trickle charge it like now, off a 3 pin plug, slow & steady.However, I can already set a simple timer from my phone to delay, fill to 80% 100% & so on, therefore unless I wish to totally give up my info to the fallibility of energy companies & potentially have grid swap (battery to grid cycling) then this is of very little benefit to anyone, besides it also then adds towards wearing down my battery prematurely. If I can add a heat pump then *half* the time my energy would be less anyway) ie job done via cop values in theory, saving a lot more than £30 or so quid, I anticipate payback time would be comfortable 2 years to break even whilst updating existing insulation & airleaks