Bombarded by Smart Meters letters

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This thread was marginal in its connection with caring from the outset, and it has become more a consumer affairs matter than a caring one. I have said plenty and have reached the point where it is time for me to bow out.

My prediction is that those who opt out of the cheap-rate variable tariffs available with smart meters will instead be given a flat-rate tariff which will be more expensive.

This is my last post on this thread. Bye, bye! See you elsewhere on this forum.
Any thread that may help half the carer army living BELOW the official poverty line in reducing
the costs associated with the " Unholy Trinity " ... eat / heat / roof ... is to be encouraged ?
Smart meter rollout still a " Million miles away " from its 2020 target, with figures showing steady drop off of installations.

Number of households having smart meters installed is falling.

To meet 2020 target now, 2 million smart meters would need to be fitted per month.

Just 14.3m devices have been fitted out of 50m that need to be replaced.

Calls for deadline to be extended as suppliers penalise those who refuse a meter.



https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills ... alled.html
Customers accuse energy giants of '" Blackmailing " them by insisting they must install a controversial smart meter to get the cheapest deals.

Many of the 'Big Six' are insisting customers have a smart meter for cheap deal.

Those who refuse are told to sign up for a deal costing hundreds of pounds more.

The cheapest tariff offered by British Gas costs an average of £954 each year.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... meter.html
As many will know mum and i love our smart meter, we switched from Scottish and southern energy to British gas duel fuel and saved £60 a week in top up. BUT ,,,,,,

British gas inform us we are already on the cheapest tariff available on smart meter , with the price cap.
and for gas and electric we are over £2000 .

With British gas making a HUGE cock up with their new App .. it wont connect to allow for top ups. it crashes , every time you sign in it looks like its a new account you must register as it says "" lets get started "" .
the info it shows is SOOOOOOO out of date for Gas and Electric .

the other day we were down to £12 electric because they app would not allow us to top up, but on the app it stated Electric you have £67 in the meter ..
UMMMM NOPE we dont.

I have called British Gas to complain and was told "" it aint us , its your phone trust me "" ,, someone else said "" uninstall the app , re download it simples "" ...
nope wrong again British Gas , and more and more negative reviews appear on the App download page .

So mum is now considering changing to DD .

According to Octopus if we went with them , we would be saving £340.61 a year ( over the big 6 , if we were DD with them ) . but the site cannot give us a comparison as we are currently Pay as you go meter , so we should call them for further details.
but going through an other comparison site it looks like going to DD could save us a lot lot more than £340 a year.

For example , currently we spend £30 a week on electric alone.
30 x 4 - £120 in electric
compared to Octopus
£116 a month combined Gas and Electric ...
So thats £58 Electric and £58 gas per month.



Just have to do more research , and maybe make a few calls. as mum is worried she would be refused going over to a credit meter.
Smart meters really make me smart. :)
And I'm, smart enough to know what energy I use.
Smart meters are not just to show what uses what , but they are helpful for disabled people who cannot go outside all the time. Smart meters also stop the need of meter readings , so someone no longer needs to arrange to enter your home to read a meter.


And smart meters are actually an EU idea , to eventually have "" smart network grids "" , so the idea is each home is given the exact electric it needs , such as a family of 4 would be given more electric and there for charged more compared to a single person who would use less and be charged less for usage. and being "" smart "" is to supposedly allow for real time readings of a persons home , so prices become "" live "" so it no longer became a set standard price.
i say electric , because countries like scotland are planning on scrapping gas , as yet they have not said what they will replace it with ,, they also say eventually 100% of scotlands electric will 100% come from green sources 100% of the time none of it will come from traditional sources LOL
Getting an SSE one fitted later this month just fo relectric. Hope it goes ok.
Why smart meters have left you steaming: In the bid to force customers to go digital, energy firms are hitting those who refuse with soaring bills

Energy suppliers were saving best deals for those willing to have the gadgets.

Those who don’t want one are punished with pricier gas and electricity bills.

More than 50 letters received by Money Mail were from E.on customers.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills ... bills.html