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Not so ‘smart’ meters … Part 2

Posted by Big John on August 8, 2017

You may remember my post about ‘smart meters’ from a few weeks ago and how I have ignored all offers by emails, letters and phone calls from my electricity supplier to install a smart meter in my home for ‘free’.

Well I recently received another letter from my electricity supplier informing me that my meter needs to be replaced because it is nearing the end of it’s “certified” life and, therefore, “to save you time, we have booked a meter replacement appointment for you”… No consultation ! .. No permission asked ! .. Just, we’re coming at this time on this day !

I ‘phoned their ‘helpline’ and after the usual “press this number” and “this one” and listen to the music for ten minutes, I found myself speaking to a very helpful lady who agreed with me that there was no legal requirement for me to accept a smart meter, but that there may be one in the future, so she would cancel the appointment and place me on an ‘opt out list’ for one year. So end of story.

No, it’s bloody not ! … I’ve just had another letter, reminding me that my new smart meter is on the way ! …

… I’m loading the shotgun !

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4 Responses to “Not so ‘smart’ meters … Part 2”

  1. joared said

    Maybe the computer and their form mailings haven’t caught up with real time info so you won’t need your shotgun.

  2. rummuser said

    Joared has hit the bulls eye. You may shoot a computer or a robot!

  3. ginnie said

    This techy world goes all out for efficiency … the idea of caring for the customer Is long gone.

  4. I didn’t remember consenting to installation of a “smart meter,” but made a little inspection tour around Chez Klade after reading your post. Sure enough, there is a suspicious looking little box where the power line enters our basement that I don’t recall seeing before. Yikes, i’ve been “smarted!”

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