Tuesday, 17 January 2012

UK Smart Meter Scam?

My brother-in-law is in his 80's and lives alone. The other day a very nice young man arrived from Eon to install a " smart meter" for him. It was free of charge and the installer took 2 hours to install the meter and checkout his system, leaving him with details of two minor infringements regarding earthing.



The visit is all part of government plans to install smart meters in 53 million gas & electric households before 2019. These meters provide a live display of energy consumption and the costs involved. Sounds like a good idea? Anything which reduces the bills for those in society least able to pay must be a good idea surely? Well not necessarily. The total estimated £11.7bn cost of installing the meters in homes and businesses will be added to utility bills over the next 15 years.


The reality as indicated by my brother-in-laws 2 hour experience, is that it will cost consumers an estimated £240-per installation....The industry is assuming that the householder will recoup these costs by greater scrutiny of their energy usage to reduce their bills. I may be cynical but it appears to me that  ‘The people who are going to profit most from them year after year are the energy companies who will save on meter reading.’ The National Audit Office warned in a report last year there are "major risks" associated with the planned roll-out and that the cost benefits of the scheme are "uncertain".


My brother-in-law, in common with most of the population knows that times are tough and we all have to watch every penny. Yes, it's a good idea to remind consumers to check if they really need all the lights on, and could they turn down the thermostat a little. What we don't need is a video game display telling us in real time 24/7, how much power we're using.





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3 comments:

  1. It's worse than that.

    The video game display for the home only displays gas consumption to the nearest cubic metre making it pretty useless for energy monitoring purposes

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  2. They have installed one in my flat, my power consumption used to be around £1.5 per day, now it is adding around £3.2 per day, waiting to see what the final bill going to be.
    The smart meter is the greatest spying tool, they will know when you are at home and when not, when you take shower, how many people live in the house, if you are running small business from home then you get charged business power, the device is equipped with loads of other features that enables them to monitor every single move you make in your own home, they can provide the information to who-ever pays them money without you having the slightest clue.
    WARNING: DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN YOU HOME, SAY NO TO THEM, SAY THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE OLD NATURAL METER!!!

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  3. My friend who is 82 years old is in the same boat his bill was £1.5 per day now its £3.8 a day so how smart is the meter to him??? Not smart at all only to eon....robbing bastards

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