Having used this group for a number of years, I'm hopeful that someone will be able and kind enough to advise on this:
For my house, I have external, old-style pre-payment gas & electric token m eters. So to top up, I drive to a local shop to get my key/card credited wi th £X amount.
I gather that if I had smart meters installed, I could top up using a mobil e phone, which sounds more convenient. However, I am thinking of letting my house out to successive short-term holiday tenants during the summer, and want the tenants to pay for the gas & electricity they use. Would switching to smart meters still make sense in this case? Is it easy to enable the te nant to top up the gas & electricity using their own phone and bank account - or are there obstacles making this impractical?
One other reason I'm thinking of installing smart meters is that I hope the y are thinner than the existing meters! The plastic cabinets in which my ex isting meters are housed, stick out from the wall by about 10", partially o bstructing the pathway to my front door. Can anyone tell me the approximate thickness of the new smart meters, i.e., how much the project from their m ounting boards? I don't want to go the expense of having the meters sunk in to the wall, but can I use cabinets that are shallower than the ubiquitous bog-standard ones?
Many thanks if you can advise on either of the above.