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Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Loofah, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Loofah

    Loofah Well used member

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    Had one fitted today, just wondering if anyone else has them and do you notice yourself making any changes to how you manage your gas and leccy?
     
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    • ricky101

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      Hi,

      First thing you need to check is that the remote display is showing the right tariff you are on.
      We needed a phone call and a day or two for them to to remotely reset it.

      After a day or two looking at the remote display to see how it all works its ended up in the cupboard since then.

      From what they now say, the typical saving folk make due to these smart meters is just a few pounds per year, but everyone is having to pay £450 on their bills over the next few years to pay for them.

      Oh, and if you change suppliers, the smart meter display will likely not work properly as they still have not managed to make them supplier compatible.

      What you might call a total .... you know what !
       
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      • CanadianLori

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        I was forced to have a smart meter 5 years avo.

        Now, if I want to use the cook top or any leccy, I get charged a kings ransom. Using power between 7 at night and 7 in the morning is the only affordable time. I can time shift laundry etc because I work out of my home. But they also put high use rates for the times between 7 and 9 in the morning and 5 and 7 at night . So all those young families wanting to cook breakfast before work and for their kids or later make a hot supper, pay big time. And now the lowest rate is what the original high rate was and onwards and upward. So time shifting chores resulted in no rewards. The harder we conserve the more they charge. And we've already eliminated coal plants in my province...

        I haven't used my clothes dryer in over four years. Too costly. Lots of terrible restrictions to use power economically.

        I hope you don't get it in the ear like we did.

        You can pm me your address and I will send you a sympathy card.. I sometimes feel I should get one with my bill!
         
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        • ricky101

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          Hi Lori.

          Some user can have a night tariff option like you seem to have, but many of us just have a standard rate 24/7 so its no different if we use the dryer at 10am or 10 pm.

          Just hope they don't introduce your system onto our smart meters !
           
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          • ARMANDII

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            You can bet they've got plans to do just that:doh:, but the Flak they will get trying to do so will make them think twice............plus any Government allowing it to happen wouldn't be in Government for long.:dunno::snorky:
             
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            • HarryS

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              As Ricky , fitted it and had a play for about two days. Stuck it in a drawer some where , next too the sandwich toaster and George Foreman grill. It does show that if you switch something on it uses electricity. And when you switch it off it stops using electricity. Unfortunately this may be a revelation to some !
               
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              • Redwing

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                We declined to have one as apparently they don’t work properly if you live in an area with poor mobile phone coverage. Research has shown that some houses can be charged for far more electricity than they use.
                 
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                  Not be offer one and not going to have one, we don't need one to tell us what electricity we are using, the more switches you put to on the more elecy you use, simples

                  Better switch this computer off now it's using elecy :snorky:
                   
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                  • JWK

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                    This is sadly true. I heard someone say that wind turbines are switched off at night to save electricity :doh:
                     
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                    • HarryS

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                      That is most likely true , as the major problem with electricity is you cannot easily store it . So all demand must be instantly generated. One solution is the Electric mountain in North Wales. Water is pumped up to the top of the mountain using excess electric power at night. During the day it can be released through turbines for instant peak demand . It is a hugely impressive engineering project.
                      Electric Mountain - Home
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                      • Kandy

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                        I started a discussion about Smart Meters ages ago on here and after all the advise decided that we are not interested in having one until it is forced on us:biggrin:
                         
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                          I used to live next to the pump storage mountain, when it switched on in the evening all the lights in town would dim :hate-shocked:

                          Despite being off grid now I regularly get paid a pound to do surveys on smart meters :heehee:
                           
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                            Edf keep pestering me to have one.. not interested.
                             
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                            • JWK

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                              True. Reminds me of another urban myth circulating amongst the stupid, they think that these socket 'safety' covers help stop electricity leaking out and costing them money :heehee:

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                                I know I'm now going off topic but I hope everyone realises that those child 'safety' sockets are actually dangerous within the UK. I didn't know till a couple of years ago at the hospital I volunteer at, I was suddenly tasked to go around and throw them away.

                                Our good friend Adam Hart Davis 's website explains why:
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                                Here's just a couple of examples of how dangerous they are:

                                Most can be pushed in upside down which opens the internal shutters leaving the live terminal exposed !
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                                This one is still being sold by Ikea which opens the internal shutter and leaves a little gap for inquisitive children:
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                                I still keep finding them in my house, fitted when we thought we were doing the right thing to protect our kids.
                                 
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