We have been with SP since we moved into a new build in December 2017. It seems we have some smart monitoring as we can view a number of limited graphs (for electricity) via the website however this really only tells us what we already know about general trends over longer periods.
What we really want is a proper Smart Meter with an IHD where we can look at usage in real time for both electric & gas. Is this something else entirely that needs to be installed and why would this functionality not have been built in right from the start given the push towards Smart Meters?
I have looked through all of the FAQs but can't find anything that explains our situation.
Why does Scottish Power refuse to replace a missing Display panel that my tenants stole when they left?There is no point in having a smart meter unless you have the home display.Maybe there is another reason smart meters were fitted? Apparently, even if requested to put meters in dumb mode, they still transmit using CGI which Scottish power can then retireve the data from, What a con.
Now there's a question....I guess it all depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go...
The buzz I heard is that because smart meters can transmit meter readings every half hour, energy providers will be able to enforce 'peak-time' tariffs for when demand is high regionally or nationally, because regulations say they have to charge 'by the half-hour.' The argument for that is that it'll 'encourage' people to spread their usage over the day because it'll be dearer to use electric between, say, 5pm and 10pm. But how many people won't be wanting to cook an evening meal when they get home of an evening, or won't want to put the tv on for the news at 6. Or Corrie. Or the sport ?
If you want to chase the conspiracy theorists right down that hole, you can start talking to people about how smart meters can remotely cut off someone's supply (through non-payment of a bill, or whatever) without the provider having to get a court order to enter the house, like they do now.
You know how you get charged a tariff rate depending on how many units you use? Well, if a smart meter can be remotely switched off, could it be remotely controlled to alter the SIZE of a unit, so it registered more units for the same amount of electricity or gas used?
Nah... It couldn't, could it?
@alie The purpose of smart meters is to send meter readings automatically to your supplier, no conspiracy there, it is what they are supposed to do. You also get a little display unit which tells you what power you are using, but the display takes no part in sending readings, it only works within the home as a handy gadget, Trouble is if one goes missing SP don't just send a new one because the display has to be paired to your meters by an engineer.
I hope @Jonnel was joshing when he talked about kWh not being recorded correctly, that would be madness and cause so much fury it would never be allowed. Yes the future is definitely variable tariffs, but variable kWh would be crazy.
We were persuaded that having a smart meter and having a display was to our advantage.This is a plain lie.Its only to suit the utility company.Its quite disgusting that we were sold this message that the display could show you what you were using and hence better for our pocket and the environment.What a load of toss.I always thought it was a con to get people to feel positive about the role out of new connected meters,that ONLY suit the suppliers,and I have just been proved right.
And a lot of people cannot have the panel replaced if it stolen or lost defeating the purpose of having one, did you not understand or read my email??