Smart? meters

Smart energy meters make a great deal of sense on the face of it. They enable consumers to keep a check on the amount of the energy they are using. Consequently allowing them to keep better control of energy costs.

Of course the other way to control energy costs is to switch suppliers in order to make use of the competition in the energy market. It appears here lies a snag with the so-called smart meters. More than one person has reported to me that having gone to the trouble of having a smart meter fitted when they have switched suppliers they have had to have a new ‘smart’ meter fitted.

I am sure there must be a good reason why this is so but it sure does not make much sense for the consumer who has to arrange for a new meter to be fitted every time they switch supplier. Not a great incentive for people to switch.