AGL is rolling out smart meters in NSW – but is avoiding the word “smart”.
While the roll-out is not ‘compulsory’, it is by default. People will need to ring AGL to cancel the installation of a smart meter prior to the installation between 21 March and 1 April.
However, residents are given only one week notice to cancel the installation.
Quotable quotes from AGL:
“The technology in your electricity meter is over 100 years old. So it’s time for an upgrade. That’s why we’re replacing your old meter with a new digital electricity meter.” (Which won’t last 100 years, but between 10 and 15 years – before it will have to be replaced again!)
“AGL is upgrading your electricity meter free of charge. Then, you will no longer need to worry about manual meter reads or estimated bills.” (Who “worries” about manual reads??)
“If you would prefer not to be upgraded, simply call us on 1300 669 245 any time before 21 March or visit agl.com.au/upgrade” (This link conveniently doesn’t work!)