You can still take a reading from a smart meter, either on the meter itself, or using the IHD. You dont have to wait for a meter reader, take a reading yourself and phone it in.
Don't get One!
there is no point in having one. The installation of my meter has been a fiasco. After nearly 2 months, numerous complaints, installation of a replacement it's still not working. My online account doesn't work properly now and I can't monitor energy usage - which I used to do quite happily before the Smart meter fiasco.
there is absolutely no point in having. Smart meter.
Do you know the really bizarre thing. I don't think anyone now knows why Smart meters should be installed or what the benefits are.
all that stuff about saving us money is a nonsense, pre- Smart meters we could use on line accounts to monitor and compare usage .
Nationwide, the costs of buying and installing all these meters must be enormous and it us - the customers who will pay.
The smart meter programme is intended to enable short term changes to tariffs to prevent peak demand surges. This 'management' of demand is supposed to need fewer power stations and more efficient use of the resources. So the benefit is only indirectly to the consumer, all the TV adverts about Leccy and Gas are patronising waffle. If you want to control your power usage you do not need a smart meter, just turn switches off.
Unfortunately the roll-out of the programme is going terribly wrong, but that is a different story.
After continuous messages and emails insisting on installing a smart meter, I decided to arrange an appoiment to do it but a few weeks later I changed my mind so I asked to Scottispower to replace the meter for the previous one (analogue meter) as is not mandatory but they told me that they could not give me this service (even paying for it) and that the only thing I could do was to switch to another supplier. I can't even buy a new meter and pay someone competent to change it because this is illegal. But is it legal to be denied his service? Help please.
Hello Noel, Yes it is true you would have to pay to change your meter and SP will not agree to do this because they are trying to get everyone switched to smart meters. Why do you want to switch back? You might find another supplier prepared to do the job but there would have to be a good reason.
@noel Then do as they suggest and switch - there are plenty of other suppliers out there and some offer to pay exit fees should you incur any. The switch process is painless and trouble-free and there's no interruption to your supply, all you have to do is ask for it and the NEW supplier you choose drives the process for you.
I'm reliably informed Bulb will remove smart meters (at a cost) but I do not think the analogue meters are made anymore so you might have to have a digital one fitted. But at least it won't be smart and you won't get an IHD (that, in a lot of cases, doesn’t work anyway) so no loss there.
Call them and ask, or use the webchat they offer.