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Old 06-07-2021, 10:30   #1
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The Smart Meter Con

I'm becoming increasingly furious at the Smart Meter con.

Apart from the hyped & weasel worded consumer savings, the TV adverts don't tell you that Smart Meters place you at the off-switch mercy of the private sector suppliers and worse still allows them to charge variable prices according to time of day and their dividend expectations.

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However, the report claimed most of the eventual savings would be made by energy firms, rather than consumers.

"The roll-out is consequently at serious risk of becoming yet another large scale public infrastructure project delivered well over time and budget, and which fails to provide energy customers with a meaningful return on their investment," said Mr Shapps.

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Re: The Smart Meter Con

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I'm becoming increasingly furious at the Smart Meter con.

Apart from the hyped & weasel worded consumer savings, the TV adverts don't tell you that Smart Meters place you at the off-switch mercy of the private sector suppliers and worse still allows them to charge variable prices according to time of day and their dividend expectations.

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.word...art-meter-con/

Too true
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Old 06-07-2021, 10:34   #3
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Re: The Smart Meter Con

We keep getting badgered to have them installed by whoever it is, funnily enough though, they can't do installations on a weekend?
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Capitalists squeezing the consumer, well I never!
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Re: The Smart Meter Con

Hello, we'd like to fit a smart meter for your electricity supply.

I see, would that be so you can save money by making your meter readers redundant, and then calculate my bills using the data sent from a plastic box - that may decide to malfunction and send wrong data?

No, it's so you know that when you boil the kettle you will use more electricity.

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I'm becoming increasingly furious at the Smart Meter con.

Apart from the hyped & weasel worded consumer savings, the TV adverts don't tell you that Smart Meters place you at the off-switch mercy of the private sector suppliers and worse still allows them to charge variable prices according to time of day and their dividend expectations.

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.word...art-meter-con/




What I have said all along

Someone eventually will come along and say it is the government that are forcing them to do it and some are getting massive fines for not reaching targets. Then I will say the same as I said last time, it is all smoke and mirrors
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Old 06-07-2021, 13:08   #8
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Re: The Smart Meter Con

Whenever this subject comes up, I have to tell people this insidious fact:

We are charged for electricity by the kilowatt-hour (kwh).

But a thing called Power Factor (PF) means that some devices cause a phase shift along the power lines, so the power companies have to add extra power to compensate.

That costs the power companies money.

So they all want to charge us another way, kilovolt-amperes (kVa) which gives the true value of power we use.

Smart meters can read kVa, so at some time in the future our bills will suddenly rise when they switch to that measurement method.

Just as electric heating, electric car charging, et al, become the norm.....
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Old 06-07-2021, 14:41   #9
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Re: The Smart Meter Con

If they do start charging for KVA then I'll need to get PF correction capacitors for my two freezers and the fridge. Their PF is only around 0.6 according to my own energy monitor.
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If they do start charging for KVA then I'll need to get PF correction capacitors for my two freezers and the fridge. Their PF is only around 0.6 according to my own energy monitor.
I think there will be a big push for industry to fit PF capacitors sometime soon. They are already mandatory for PC power supplies.

LED lighting is another thing that is going to cause headaches, as many have poor PF and they don't have to mention that on their packaging.
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[COLOR="Blue"]I'm becoming increasingly furious at the Smart Meter con.
Ya and you should be furious Mate!!!

This give them TOTAL CONTROL and your bills will be higher!!!

And it can affect your health being surrounded by all that RF and not being able to get away from it!!!!

THESE METERS ARE SPYING GARBAGE!!!!!!!! -- If you can,opt out!!
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Spying, not really but helping get meter readings without a guy coming to read them.
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Its amazing how easy it is to read your own meter, I do it every month
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Spying, not really but helping get meter readings without a guy coming to read them.
I don't think they exist anylonger, mine haven't been read for years.
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