The great smart meter revolution has faltered and households can choose, once again, to opt out and keep hold of their old-fashioned utility meters which require manual reading.
When they were introduced in 2009, smart meters were supposed to simplify the billing process and ensure readings were up to date and accurate. But the roll-out has been plagued with problems – as explained below.
Now, according to research conducted by comparethemarket.com, one in five people do not want one.
The Government had originally said that every household would be set up with a smart meter by 2020 – and nearly seven million have been installed so far – but in June the Government subtly downgraded this requirement. Now every home will be “offered” a smart meter by 2020, with no obligation to take one.
The controversy around smart meters is more so because it is the Government’s job to set overall energy policy, not the job of suppliers, and the move away from carbon-based energy sources, the national roll-out of smart meters, and the expansion of renewables and nuclear power has cost consequences, with the consumer expected to pick up the tab.
Every household will, ultimately, pay for the new meter roll-out via their bills. As energy companies are quick to say, this is one reason why bills are rising.
1) Smart meters could make it harder to switch gas and electricity providers
2) Smart meters don’t bring an end to estimated bills (or billing errors)
3) Smart meters won’t work if you have a poor signal in your area
4) The display units linked to smart meters are crude and difficult to understand
5) There’s little evidence so far that smart meters will save energy – or money
6) Smart meters ‘pose security and other risks’
See Six reasons to say no to a smart meter to read the full article.